Saturday February 2, 2008 Day 25 Finished Madejski Stadium

Reading 0 - 2 Bolton Wanderers

  • Nolan 34’
  • Helguson 57’

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  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Reading
    • Bolton Wanderers
    • 90' It's all over. Six league losses in the row for Reading, who are now hovering dangerously above the relegation zone. For Bolton, it's a rare win on the road.
    • 90' Ingimarsson has his name added to the book after a late, late tackle.
    • 90' Another corner to Reading is taken by Shorey - and once again headed away by a Bolton defender. It's been resolute stuff by Cahill and O'Brien today.
    • 90' We're into injury time now.
    • 88' Reading win another corner, but surely its too late now.
    • 85' Bolton have the ball in the back of the net again as Nolan converts Davies' cross from the byline - but this time Davies WAS offside and its ruled out. Rightly so.
    • 82' Oster crosses from the right but Doyle powers his header well over from inside the six-yard box. It doesn't look like it's Reading's day. Again.
    • 81' Shorey dinks a free kick into Sonko in the Bolton area, but the big defender can't connect properly.
    • 80' We're into the last ten minutes. Reading need to score quickly to have any chance of avoiding a sixth straight league defeat.
    • 77' Foul by Tamir Cohen on Ivar Ingimarsson
    • 76' Reading make another change too. Long on for Lita in attack.
    • 75' A final change for Bolton. Cohen is on for Guthrie in midfield. Sonko comes on for Reading too - in place of Harper. Odd change, but I guess the Senegalese big man will cause Bolton problems from set pieces.
    • 73' More chaos in the Bolton area from a Shorey free kick into the danger zone. The ball is headed just wide though.
    • 68' Shorey with a great shot from the free kick 25 yards from goal, but his curling effort is palmed away by Jaaskelainen's outstretched left hand.
    • 67' Hunt is fouled on the Bolton edge of area.
    • 64' It was Matt Taylor who came off. His goal-line clearance sort of made up for hsi first-half penalty miss. A mixed afternoon for the former Pompey man.
    • 64' Well here come the first changes of the match. Bolton bring on Diouf and Samuel for Helguson and someone I didn't quite see. John Oster on for Dave Kitson at the same time - that means Doyle will go up front.
    • 63' Hunt misses a great chance to pull his side back into it as Jaaskelainen blocks his shot from two yards out on the right side of the six yard box. Corner to Reading as a result.
    • 62' How long before Reading make a change of their own I wonder?
    • 61' Diouf was preparing to come on for Bolton before the second goal. He's sat down again now though.
    • 59' Cross by Stephen Hunt for Kevin Doyle on the right-hand corner of the Bolton six-yard box, but the Irishman's header tamely drops into Jaaskelainen's hands.
    • 58' Reading appeal for offside, but replays show that Helguson was just on as Davies shot. It's harsh on Reading after their lively start to the second-half, but they were always going to leave themselves vulnerable on the break as they committed men forward in search of the equaliser.
    • 57' GOAL FOR BOLTON! It's Helguson with a breakaway goal. A mishit Davies shot from the edge of the area bobbled kindly for his strike partner, who slotted the ball beneath Hahnemann to double Bolton's lead.
    • 56' Whatever Stevie Coppell said at half-time has worked. Reading are much better in the second half.
    • 54' Reading work the ball to Hunt on the left byline, who crosses from a dangerous position but floats the ball straight into Jaaskelainen's arms. Wasted chance.
    • 53' Reading win another corner, this time on the left. It results in another goalmouth scramble but somehow Bolton get the ball away.
    • 52' The corner's cleared, but straight to the taker Shorey, who cuts to the byline and hangs the all into the area beautifully - but after a penalty area scramble the ball is cleared by Bolton.
    • 52' Reading have got some oomph into their performance now and win another corner.
    • 51' That half makes up for Taylor's missed peno.
    • 50' It's desperately close to the equalier as Shorey's cross is flicked on at the near post and cleared off the line by Matt Taylor.
    • 49' Corner to Reading on the right.
    • 48' Cahill makes a great tackle on Lita inside his own area. The England under-21 striker was in on goal, but debutant Cahill timed his tackle perfectly.
    • 46' And Helguson passes up another opportunity for Bolton, firing a volley wide from inside the seix-yard box after latching on to a Cahill flick on in the Royals' area.
    • 46' Bolton are out of the blocks the quicker, winning an early corner.
    • 46' Bolton get us going in the second half as they look to hold on to a lead which would pull them three points clear of their opponents.
    • 45' The whistle goes for half-time. Reading are set to record their sixth Premier League defeat in a row unless they can turn things around in the second-half. Bolton lead 1-0 at the break and but for a hatful of missed chances - including a saved Matt Taylor penalty - they would find themselves further ahead.
    • 45' Reading are showing their frustration now as Harper leaps into Campo about five seconds after the Spaniard had headed the ball away from his own area. Free kick Bolton.
    • 45' But the delivery by Matejovsky is woeful. It rolls tamely to the defender at te near post, and then Kitson makes a rash lunge in an attempt to win back the ball. The ginger striker is booked for his troubles.
    • 45' Reading go straight up the other end and win a corner of their own.
    • 44' Hahnemann is fouled as players jostle at the corner. Free kick to Reading. That should ease the pressure.
    • 43' Shorey is forced to concede a corner after confusion between the left back and his keeper.
    • 42' Matt Taylor heads wide after a lovely whipped cross from the right by Kevin Davies. Reading are lucky to only be one down.
    • 41' After a decent start Reading have lost their way completely here.
    • 39' Nolan fires a long-range half-volley well wide after Helguson knocked the ball back to him from the edge of the Reading box.
    • 38' Shorey's left-footed cross can't beat the first defender though.
    • 38' Reading win a free kick in a promising position wide on the right.
    • 35' Davies is just caught offside after a slide rule pass from Nolan had put him clear. His shot was saved by an on-rushing Hahnemann anyway.
    • 34' GOAL TO BOLTON! It's Nolan with a cool side-footed shot into the bottom right corner after a Davies flick on from a long free kick had found him completely unmarked.
    • 33' Hunt and Campo are having a barny about something now. It's like Harry Enfield's scousers with their massive hair-dos. But it's Lita who goes into the book. Strange. Free kick Bolton on the edge of their area.
    • 32' A long throw from Campo causes problems for Reading again. The ball's flicked on to Davies, who volleys three yards wide. Another decent chance for the visitors though.
    • 31' Campo dinks it into the area - Ingimarsson heads clear for a Bolton throw.
    • 30' Matejovsky fouls Campo in midfield to give Bolton a free kick in a crossable position about 45 yards from goal.
    • 28' Ingimarsson almost scores an own goal as he heads the corner towards his own net - but he's saved as the ball hits Bolton skipper Nolan and bounces over the bar. So close.
    • 28' Bolton win another corner.
    • 27' Reading have a shot of their own up the other end but Lita's long range effort is pathetically weak. Jaaskelainen collects.
    • 25' Hahnemann has got full debutant Matejovsky out of trouble there. It would have been very harsh on Reading to go behind after the start they've made.
    • 24' Matt Taylor to take... but Hahnemann saves low to his left!
    • 23' Penalty to Bolton! Matejovsky with a foul on Steinsson after a long throw into the area by Campo.
    • 22' Suddenly Bolton have woken up. Guthrie crosses from the right after finding himself in space, but Davies can only nod the ball well wide for a goal kick.
    • 21' Taylor hangs the cross up beautifully for Helguson but the striker powers his header high and wide. Good chance.
    • 20' Bolton win a corner against the run of play.
    • 18' Jaaskelainen looks in fine fettle there as he races out to beat Lita to a through ball in to the Bolton area. The Reading striker would have been in to score.
    • 17' I'm not sure if Jaaskelainen has a problem, but sub keeper Al Habsi is doing some purposeful warming up.
    • 16' Reading head it wide, but have definitely started the better of the two sides as they look to halt a run of five Premier League defeats on the trot.
    • 15' Ooh... maybe not. Lita wins a great flick on to find Doyle in space on the right wing. He drives forward and wins a corner off the full back.
    • 14' Lita tries and fails to flick a goal kick on to his strike partner Kitson. Shouldn't they be doing that the other way around?
    • 14' Reading then win a corner, but Bolton head the ball clear.
    • 13' Jaaskelainen punches the crossed free kick clear for a throw to Reading on the other side of the pitch (right).
    • 12' Hunt wins a free kick for Reading in a dangerous position on the Bolton byline after a lovely piece of skill. It was Davies who fouled him. The striker picks up a booking.
    • 11' Lita finds himself a yard of space in the Bolton area, shoots at goal but sees his effort blocked.
    • 9' Campo launches a long ball to Davies up front for Bolton, who knocks the ball down to nobody. That could be a recurring theme for the visitors, with no Diouf or the departed Anelka in the side today.
    • 7' Bolton win a free kick for a foul on Jaaskelainen.
    • 6' Doyle strolls through the Bolton midfield and fires a shot from the edge of the area, but its deflected clear.
    • 4' Matejovsky has made a lively start, chasing down a couple of lost causes in midfield. He looks keen to impress.
    • 3' Bolton half clear the ball, Hunt attempts to hook the ball back into the box but slices it into touch. Goal kick to Bolton.
    • 2' Corner to Reading.
    • 1' We're under way at the Madejski.
    • 0' For Bolton, Helguson makes a rare start up front, with new signing Rasiak on the bench. There are three transfer window signings in the starting XI: Steinsson, Cahill (making his debut in central defence) and Taylor. Diouf, like Sonko for Reading, is back from Senegal's failed Africa Cup of Nations campaign, with both starting on the bench for their respective sides.
    • 0' Welcome to LIVE coverage of Reading v Bolton. The teams are in: Matejovsky makes his first start for Reading after his signing from Czech side Mlada Boleslav in the transfer window. Lita starts again after his recent recall to the side, with Doyle pushed out to the right wing.
  • Team Stats

    Reading Stats Bolton Wanderers
    50% Possession 49%
    12 Shots 12
    5 Shots on target 4
    2 Saves 4
    13 Corners 3
    17 Fouls 14
    3 Offsides 5
    3 Yellow cards 1
    0 Red cards 0
    21 Tackles 16
    178 Accurate passes 181
    45 Bad passes 47
  • Player Stats

    G =
    Goals
    S =
    Shots
    SoT =
    Shot on Target
    F =
    Fouls
    FW =
    Fouls Won
    O =
    Offsides
    A =
    Assists
    AP =
    Accurate Passes
    BP =
    Bad Passes
    T =
    Tackles
    • Reading
      G S SoT F FW O A AP BP T
      1 Marcus Hahnemann 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 13 4 0
      16 Ivar Ingimarsson 0 2 0 2 2 0 0 17 1 2
      3 Nicky Shorey 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 17 9 1
      2 Graeme Murty 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 24 2 1
      28 Marek Matejovsky 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 21 11 5
      15 James Harper 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 17 4 2
      10 Stephen Hunt 0 1 1 1 4 0 0 13 7 1
      4 Khalifa Cissé 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 16 1 3
      12 Dave Kitson 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 10 1 3
      8 Leroy Lita 0 3 2 0 1 2 0 8 4 0
      9 Kevin Doyle 0 3 0 1 2 0 0 5 1 2
      23 Ulises de la Cruz 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      11 John Oster 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0 1
      5 Ibrahima Sonko 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 5 0 0
      32 Adam Federici 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      24 Shane Long 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
    • Bolton Wanderers
      G S SoT F FW O A AP BP T
      22 Jussi Jaaskelainen 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 6 1 0
      31 Andy O'Brien 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 9 1 3
      33 Gary Cahill 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 7 1 3
      15 Grétar Steinsson 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 12 0 3
      32 Matthew Taylor 0 3 1 1 0 0 0 6 4 1
      11 Ricardo Gardner 0 1 0 3 1 0 0 25 15 1
      8 Ivan Campo 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 30 6 0
      4 Kevin Nolan 1 2 1 2 0 0 0 16 5 0
      17 Danny Guthrie 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 26 3 1
      14 Kevin Davies 0 0 0 4 2 2 1 20 5 2
      9 Heidar Helguson 1 4 1 2 2 3 0 9 3 0
      25 Tamir Cohen 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 3 2 1
      21 El Hadji Diouf 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 1 0
      3 Jlloyd Samuel 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 4 0 1
      47 Grzegorz Rasiak 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      26 Ali Al-Habsi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  • Summary

    • 68' Shorey with a great shot from the free kick 25 yards from goal, but his curling effort is palmed away by Jaaskelainen's outstretched left hand.
    • 63' Hunt misses a great chance to pull his side back into it as Jaaskelainen blocks his shot from two yards out on the right side of the six yard box. Corner to Reading as a result.
    • 57' GOAL FOR BOLTON! It's Helguson with a breakaway goal. A mishit Davies shot from the edge of the area bobbled kindly for his strike partner, who slotted the ball beneath Hahnemann to double Bolton's lead.
    • 54' Reading work the ball to Hunt on the left byline, who crosses from a dangerous position but floats the ball straight into Jaaskelainen's arms. Wasted chance.
    • 50' It's desperately close to the equalier as Shorey's cross is flicked on at the near post and cleared off the line by Matt Taylor.
    • 48' Cahill makes a great tackle on Lita inside his own area. The England under-21 striker was in on goal, but debutant Cahill timed his tackle perfectly.
    • 46' And Helguson passes up another opportunity for Bolton, firing a volley wide from inside the seix-yard box after latching on to a Cahill flick on in the Royals' area.
    • 42' Matt Taylor heads wide after a lovely whipped cross from the right by Kevin Davies. Reading are lucky to only be one down.
    • 34' GOAL TO BOLTON! It's Nolan with a cool side-footed shot into the bottom right corner after a Davies flick on from a long free kick had found him completely unmarked.
    • 32' A long throw from Campo causes problems for Reading again. The ball's flicked on to Davies, who volleys three yards wide. Another decent chance for the visitors though.
    • 28' Ingimarsson almost scores an own goal as he heads the corner towards his own net - but he's saved as the ball hits Bolton skipper Nolan and bounces over the bar. So close.
    • 23' Penalty to Bolton! Matejovsky with a foul on Steinsson after a long throw into the area by Campo.
    • 21' Taylor hangs the cross up beautifully for Helguson but the striker powers his header high and wide. Good chance.
    • 18' Jaaskelainen looks in fine fettle there as he races out to beat Lita to a through ball in to the Bolton area. The Reading striker would have been in to score.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • M. Hahnemann
      • G. Murty
      • K. Cissé
      • Í. Ingimarsson Yellow Card
      • N. Shorey
      • M. Matejovský
      • J. Harper Substitution Out (75′)
      • K. Doyle
      • S. Hunt
      • D. Kitson Yellow Card Substitution Out (64′)
      • L. Lita Yellow Card Substitution Out (76′)

      Subs

      • J. Oster Substitution In64′
      • I. Sonko Substitution In75′
      • U. de la Cruz
      • S. Long Substitution In76′
      • A. Federici
    • Starting line-up

      • J. Jääskeläinen
      • G. Steinsson
      • G. Cahill
      • A. O'Brien
      • R. Gardner
      • I. Campo
      • K. Nolan Goal
      • D. Guthrie Substitution Out (75′)
      • M. Taylor
      • H. Helguson Goal Substitution Out (64′)
      • K. Davies Yellow Card

      Subs

      • J. Samuel Substitution In64′
      • G. Rasiak
      • T. Cohen Substitution In75′
      • A. Al Habsi
      • E. Diouf
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