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Jack Hobbs pleased with inaugural Bolton goal

30 January 2019

Jack Hobbs scored his first goal in over five years to earn Bolton a point against Reading on Tuesday evening and stressed the importance of the effort following the clash with the Royals.

In a game which looked set to slip away from Wanderers, it was an unlikely scorer that rose to secure a draw in stoppage time.

Reading took the lead in the 74th minute in what was a cagey game through Nelson Oliveira from the penalty spot after Pawel Olkowski was deemed to have brought down Modou Barrow in the area.

Bolton enjoyed good spells of possession throughout the game, defended well and looked dangerous on the attack through Clayton Donaldson and Sammy Ameobi.

But it looked to be just one of those days for Wanderers, until an Ameobi cross was powered home by Hobbs two minutes into added time.

And speaking after the final whistle, the defender spoke of the importance of the goal, saying: “I’m delighted to have got one, especially for Bolton. It was important, but we’ve got to build on it now.”

He added: “I’ve never seen a team as expansive as Reading, the way they try to play out.

"It’s a high-risk nature, but I thought we countered it quite well and snuffed out the danger when they came forward.”

Hobbs also praised Bolton’s defensive performance on the night, after dealing with virtually everything Reading threw their way.

He said: “They did have a lot of possession, but they didn’t do too much with it - they didn’t create too many clear-cut chances and we coped with them well.”

And finally, reflecting on the importance of the fixture meanwhile against a team just one place above the Whites, the 30-year-old added: “When we were 1-0 down it was important that we didn’t lose.

"If we had done, we’d have given ourselves a lot to do, but thankfully we got the point and now we move onto Sheffield United on Saturday."


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