Reading recover to hold Bolton

Nick Blackman's second-half penalty earned Reading a 1-1 draw against Bolton in an entertaining contest between two of the promotion favourites in the SkyBet Championship.

Last Updated: 12/08/13 at 10:32 Post Comment

Nick Blackman: Celebrates after scoring the equaliser from the spot

Nick Blackman: Celebrates after scoring the equaliser from the spot

Darren Pratley's first-half header put Wanderers into a half-time lead at the Reebok Stadium.

But David Wheater's handball in the early stages of the second half saw Blackman level from the spot, ensuring both sides maintain their unbeaten starts to the season.

Jay Spearing, signed 24 hours before kick-off from Liverpool, went straight into Dougie Freedman's starting 11 for the hosts.

The Trotters carved out the first opportunity. Jermaine Beckford went through a clutch of defenders and looked to be through on goal but for Danny Guthrie's cynical challenge, which earned the former Newcastle midfielder a booking.

With 14 minutes gone the home side took the lead, Marc Tierney's inswinging cross falling perfectly to Pratley, who headed the ball back across Alex McCarthy and into the left corner of the net.

Guthrie had the chance to equalise from near the penalty spot but could not keep his shot from a Royston Drenthe pass on target.

Bolton almost doubled their advantage five minutes before the break. Medo Kamara took a chance from 35 yards out, his thunderous strike beating McCarthy but slamming against the right-hand post.

Wheater's error then gave Reading the chance to level, Jobi McAnuff's corner hitting the centre-half's hand and the assistant referee awarded the spot-kick.

Blackman stepped up and made no mistake, side-footing past Adam Bogdan in the 51st minute.

The goal gave the visitors a huge spark, and, if not for the heroics of Bogdan, they could have taken the lead, with Drenthe's long-range effort and then Alex Pearce's header from the edge of the six-yard box both kept out by the Trotters stopper.

Bolton then had a penalty shout of their own, with Pratley's corner appearing to strike Wayne Bridge's arm, but the claims were waved away by referee Carl Boyeson.

Reading broke to good effect as McAnuff and Drenthe combined to put Adam Le Fondre one-on-one with Bogdan but the striker failed to convert.

Bolton's Alex Baptiste then walked a tightrope as the former Blackpool defender looked to have taken down Drenthe and later McCleary in the penalty area. However, neither was penalised but Drenthe did receive a yellow card for diving.

Bogdan came to the rescue again late on, saving Sean Morrison's header from point-blank range to make sure Bolton continued their 12-match unbeaten record at home.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

More Match Results

Tuesday, 15 April 2014
19:45
Charlton 1-2 Barnsley Report
Monday, 14 April 2014
20:07
Reading 1-1 Leicester Report
Saturday, 12 April 2014
15:07
Bolton 1-0 Barnsley Report
Brighton 3-0 Charlton Report
Burnley 0-1 Middlesbro' Report
Derby 3-1 Huddersfld Report
Ipswich 2-1 Doncaster Report
Leeds 2-0 Blackpool Report
Millwall 2-2 Watford Report
Sheff Wed 3-3 Blackburn Report

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Leicester 42 35 90
2 Burnley 42 31 83
3 Derby 42 27 75
4 QPR 42 15 73
5 Wigan 41 14 67
6 Reading 42 13 64
7 Brighton 42 12 64
8 Ipswich 42 8 64
9 Bournemth 42 1 62
10 Blackburn 42 3 60
11 N Forest 42 4 59
12 Middlesbro' 42 10 58
13 Watford 41 16 57
14 Bolton 42 -2 54
15 Sheff Wed 42 0 50
16 Leeds 42 -9 50
17 Huddersfld 42 -9 46
18 Birmingham 41 -10 43
19 Doncaster 42 -26 43
20 Blackpool 42 -26 42
21 Charlton 41 -24 41
22 Millwall 42 -30 40
23 Barnsley 42 -28 39
24 Yeovil 42 -25 36

Updated Wed, 16 Apr 2014

Footer 365

Copa del Rey: 'Perfect night' for Gareth Bale as Real Madrid win final

Gareth Bale enjoyed a "perfect night" as his goal earned Real Madrid a 2-1 win over Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final.

Copa del Rey: Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti hails match-winner Gareth Bale

Carlo Ancelotti was full of praise for Gareth Bale after his brilliant solo goal won Real Madrid the Copa del Rey final.

Premier League: Gus Poyet ready to fight for Sunderland's survival after Manchester City draw

Gus Poyet has vowed to continue fighting for safety after Sunderland's 2-2 draw with Manchester City on Wednesday.

Mail Box

Fatigue No Excuse For Giroud Being Cr*p

We have a long mail on why Giroud isn't very good at all, plus some more thoughts on neutrality. Plus, who do you want out of you club this summer and Liverpool moving buses...

Will Liverpool Cope With Parked Buses?

That's the real problem they're going to face next year, says one Man United fan who's already looking forward to the end of this campaign. Plus, thoughts on neutrality...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property