MATCHDAY LIVE: Reading 7 Bolton Wanderers 1
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- Wanderers team to face Reading: Lonergan, Baptiste, Knight, Mills, Ream, Spearing, Pratley, M Davies, Danns, Lee, Ngog
Spearing has gone to throw his shirt into the crowd. A few players came over to acknoledge the fans, who were superb throughout.
I'll have a match report up soon. That'll make cheery reading.
But speaking about cheery Reading - they were superb today.
That's that. 7-1. Dreadful. Just utterly dire.
Williams' great shot - fine save from Lonergan.
Four mins added time.
Chung-Yong (foul on McAnuff)
It was all Odelusi's work. He got clobbered for his efforts too.
I expect to see some of them in the off licence later on!
And the Wanderers fans are still singing...
This equals the club's heaviest ever defeat in the league. EVER.
Medo puts one just over the bar from the edge of the box. Ironic cheers. Reading fans chanting "We want 10"
Nick Blackman with that goal - raided into the Wanderers area., right footed shot. I give up.
Well I guess no-one needs reminding of the last time Wanderers conceded six...
Hardly know how to sum that up. You know that feeling when you know someone is going to score? Well I've felt like that most of the game.
More awful defending. Akpan pounces from close range.
Danns' shot deflected over the top. Best spell of the game so far for Wanderers, as futile as that sentence sounds.
Odelusi on for Wanderers and he's at least upped the tempo.
Sorry for the delay. Was writing my match report, which thus far is just a collection of goal descriptions and synonyms for disaster.
Odelusi for Davies
Davies booked (foul on Obita)
Half of the Wanderers players look like they want the ground to swallow them up.
Substitution for Wanderers - Medo on for Pratley
Jesus wept. Ngog trips on the ball, McClearly crosses for Gorkss to slam home a fifth from the penalty spot.
Spearing gives away a needless corner.
Reading still being driven on, but it is looking slightly more solid in midfield/defence for Wanderers since the restart.
They should try the stands/press box.
Frustration starting to show in midfield. Understandably.
Pratley (foul on Williams)
Le Fondre should have made it five, volleying over the top after Pogrebnyak had headed the ball back into the six yard box.
Part of my half time coversation involved what off licence we were stopping at on the way back home. Feel I might need a beer to get me through the match report.
Wanderers fans still singing. Take my cap off to them. At least I would if it wasn't so chilly.
Half a chance there for Wanderers as Pratley's cross bobbles around in the six yard box. Cleared in the end.
Well, maybe if it gets to six or seven.
Some strong language that isn't going to be repeated here.
I believe what I have just experienced in the press room was gallows humour.
Well, we're off again..
How to sum that up? Think I need a brew first.
Just got a text from an ex-Whites defender that reads: "At least you've only got a three hour drive home mate."
Pratley wrestles Williams to the floor and looks like he's going in the book. Seconds later he's hugging the American and the referee allows play to continue. A rare light-hearted moment in the game.
Pratley chips a hopeful shot at goal. Hopeful is all it is.
This is an embarasment.
But Pogrebnyak didn't really care. Nice penalty into the bottom right hand corner.
Penalty was harsh. Obita got down the left and Baptiste got across to block. It may have struck his hand but it looked far too close to call it deliberate.
Wanderers fans heading for the exits.
Penalty to Reading. Incredible.
I think aside from the last half an hour against Blackburn earlier this season, this is as poor as Wanderers have been. Oh, and the first 20 mins against Ipswich.
Danns drags a volley wide for Wanderers - that was certainly a half chance. I'll be honest, I missed the build up answering texts from ex-Wanderers players wondering what is going wrong...
Anyone thinking this could have been a repeat of the play-off final at Wembley. Forget it. It ain't happening.
American defender didn't know whether to stick or twist after Spearing's pass into the Whites' half but McCleary didn't hang around, leaving him in a heap on the floor before squaring a pass for Le Fondre to tap into an empty net.
Le Fondre again, and an absolute disaster for Tim Ream.
That had been coming. Wanderers just unable to cope with Le Fondre's movement. Mills drawn out of position to try and beat Pogrebnyak in the air there but the lack of cover was terrible.
Flick by Pogrebnyak ahead of Mills sends Le Fondre in on goal. He produces a great finish past Lonergan.
Very little sticking in the Reading half for the Whites either. Ngog has had one good chance but hasn't been able to hold on to the ball for long.
It's the pace of McAnuff and McCleary down the wings doing the damage for Reading at the moment. Neither of Wanderers' full backs look comfortable.
Home side really turning the screw for a second goal.
Reading really have the momentum. Could easily grab a second goal playing like this.
Wanderers all over the place at the back. Danns looked to have cleared the danger but then tripped over the ball. McAnuff's cross was well saved by Lonergan in the end.
Great save by McCarthy. Mills' clearance found its way through to Ngog but he couldn't beat the keeper with his shot.
Akpan nearly makes it worse - blasting just wide after a quick Reading break.
Le Fondre smashes home from close range after Ream's mistake on the left allowed McClearly to scamper into the penalty box and play a pass.
Le Fondre has first chance for Royals, hooking a cross from Gunter wide.
Game hasn't settled much. Pratley definitely playing a more forward role.
Early chance as Pratley sends Ngog down the right. He cuts in and shot is deflected off Gorkss to safety.
"There's only one Matt Mills" retort the Wanderers fans.
Boos early on for Mills.
Wanderers playing in their orange kit.
Pitch isn't exactly in top notch. Rugby also played here and you can tell by some of the bare patches on the surface.
If there are replays available, I might just move in.
Liking the Madejski Stadium so far. In fact I'm even starting to get to grips with the spelling.
Few boos when Matt Mills' name was read out, but nothing serious.
I think he does the shipping forecast as well.
Sounds like the teams being read out by a mechanical announcer.
Reading press box is pretty high up. Oxygen masks at the ready!
Local journos have been very welcoming as well - they tell me that Reading's main problem has been scoring goals, and that when sides get ahead (particularly here at home) they struggle. Looks like first goal wins then?
I won't get into who was to blame for the lack of breakfast. Jack Dearden. But one local reporter insisted there was a supermarket next to the ground with a cafe. Jack Dearden. But I refuse to name him.
First class reception from Reading today. Bacon butty was marvellous pre-match, and made up for the lack of a breakfast stop on the way down.
Right, now up and running in the press box. Quite chilly up here - and some vantage point. Even higher up than the Reebok.
Reading's side today: McCarthy; Gunter, Pearce, Gorkss, Obita; McLeary, Akpan, Williams, McAnuff; Pogrebnyak, Le Fondre.
Subs: Federici, Kelly, Drenthe, Blackman, Cummings, Taylor, Hector
@MarcIles not too bad, I think if anything I'd of played Medo instead of spearing. After b/pool game he must wonder what he has to do— @stujanson 18 January 2014
@MarcIles why cnt he ever go away attacking formation get the goals that win the games x— @luke_wanderers 18 January 2014
@MarcIles definitely an away line up— @stujanson 18 January 2014
2:10pm Sat 18 Jan 14
CeBe from Sweden says
Lee is obvious a key player for DF, I wonder why? The guy has not enough Power in his legs to fire thru a paper bag. Talk about rubber legs, even a out of form Craig Davies is a bigger threat forward than Lee.
@MarcIles glad to see Davies getting game time he's a quality player and will give us a out ball every time.— @gary_hartley6 18 January 2014
@MarcIles good to see Pratley back. One of our most consistent players imo. Also think 4-2-3-1 can work away, did at Watford & Bournemouth— @JKbwfc 18 January 2014
“@MarcIles: Lonergan, Baptiste, Knight, Mills, Ream, Spearing, Pratley, M Davies, Danns, Lee, Ngog. What do you think?” Sensible to b honest— @Jj786bwfc 18 January 2014
No indication of an injury to Moritz in the build-up to the game. Will ask later about that one.
That's one change for Wanderers - Pratley in for the injured Beckford.
Craig Davies and Sanmi Odelusi on the bench.
@MarcIles would of dropped Spearing and Chungy for Medo and Hall— @DeccyyyCaton 18 January 2014
@MarcIles fairly happy with that— @andy_sellers 18 January 2014
@MarcIles rather Eagles for Lee— @Graham_Down 18 January 2014
@MarcIles no no no no no would of played eagles— @TomDunlop1 18 January 2014
BWFC subs: Bogdan, White, Medo, Hall, Eagles, Odelusi, C Davies
Wanderers team to face Reading: Lonergan, Baptiste, Knight, Mills, Ream, Spearing, Pratley, M Davies, Danns, Lee, Ngog
Sounds quite familiar!
Just been told that Reading created 15 chances last week at Watford, but the one that went on target won them the game.
@MarcIles not much choice really— @GaryWaning 18 January 2014
@MarcIles hopefully not medo in because doesnt have a good partnership with spearing. For me if medo was started spearing has to be rested— @icedgraphics 18 January 2014
1:44pm Sat 18 Jan 14
J J J J says
I'd go 4-1-3-2 with Lonergan, Baptiste Mills Ream Hall (left back) Medo Mavies Moritz Danns C.Davies N'gog and then if Davies gets tired make the change and go 4-2-3-1
Well done to David Lee's Under-18s who beat Everton today. Elliott Newby and Jamie Thomas on the scoresheet.
@MarcIles My XI would be: Lonergan, Baptiste,Knight Mills, Ream, Spearing, Medo, Chungy, MDavies, Danns, Ngog. (4-2-3-1) #REAvBOL— @PierreBWFC 18 January 2014
@MarcIles as we finished last game but drop spearing for medo lad needs a rest— @steven7365 18 January 2014
@MarcIles Lonergan, Baptiste, Mills, Ream, Hall, Spearing, Davies, Medo, Chungy, Moritz, Ngog #REAvBOL— @seanowens1 18 January 2014
@MarcIles it's away at a strong Reading, I would go to a 4-2-3-1 And then change it 60mins in, Danns/Eagles/Hall(Lee) for Cdavies— @James_BWFC_Twid 18 January 2014
So what do we think about the team today?
@MarcIles any news on holdens progress? Do you think when he is ready he'll get in like mavies or straight on loan like last season?— @icedgraphics 18 January 2014
@MarcIles Any news on Joe Riley? How close is he to a return?— @PierreBWFC 18 January 2014
@MarcIles is sordell back at the club now he is injured?— @icedgraphics 18 January 2014
@MarcIles why does df not just sit tight this window then rebuild in the summer when he has more Money and time ?— @gary_hartley6 18 January 2014
@MarcIles Is any transfer news realistic when #BWFC so clearly are in a "pay as you go" mode (needing outgoing transfers) w/limited talent?— @dougchapinjr 18 January 2014
@MarcIles How come Kellett not on list of potential loan outs? Not seen near 1st or 2nd X1 for ages? Even though we don't have a fit LB!— @PierreBWFC 18 January 2014
1:24pm Sat 18 Jan 14
I watched tennis this morning, Monfils v Nadal. Monfils kept hitting the ball into the net. Made me wish DF would sign him!!
Hope the wanderers have been PRACTISING (not training but practising) shooting and heading the ball under the bar and between the posts. Too many chances have been missed. It's no good having all the training facilities, backroom back-up, etc if you can't score goals come the match.
So lets see what today brings, with or without the tennis player, and WIN.
1:20pm Sat 18 Jan 14
J J J J says
I saw we were linked with Stefan Popescu. What can you tell us about him? Adrian Mutu said it was a done deal he was joining but im not believing anything until he has signed.
No one at the club I have spoken to has ever heard of him. Go figure.
Stress that earlier news about Luxembourg winger Bastos is still at the speculation stage. Haven't had a chance to speak with anyone at this end about it but the articles over there are very sure that he is being monitored.
DF has confirmed there is a loan owed to us by Chelsea - but said earlier in the season that the players they were willing to allow out on loan to the Championship were not what he was looking for.
I'd guess that Bolton are holding on to it just in case they get up into the Premier League in the next couple of years.
@MarcIles Will we ever use this rumoured Chelsea loan clause?— @mcflykyle182 18 January 2014
@MarcIles looks like Mears is 'getting' back at DF/BWFC. Payoff might be answer— @Macca1512 18 January 2014
I will ask for an update after the game, though.
There had been two enquiries from Turkey, we were told, but there has been no updates whatsoever in the last two weeks.
I think it's safe to say that unless there is a major turnaround, Mears will leave in the summer, but things have gone very quiet on the Ngog front.
BUT Eagles, Knight and Holden have certainly made their intentions clear via interviews I have done with them in the last couple of months. I'd suspect that Moritz is the same.
As I understand it there have been no negotiations on contracts, so Eagles, Ngog, Mears, Moritz, Holden and Knight are all free to speak with other clubs if they so wish, according to the rules.
1:09pm Sat 18 Jan 14
J J J J says
Whats the latest on the contract situation? for the players that have their contracts running out at the end of the season? Also It says that N'gog is a wanted man but who has shown an interest?
On to the next topic, supplied by one of our comment regulars.
Wanderers need to cut costs, particularly if DF is to get any players in this month. So I can see both sides of the argument. But at the moment, Mears is a Bolton players and looks like staying that way.
But the likelihood of him getting any games is minimal - so there is a tough decision to be made.
But even on Thursday night it didn't look likely to happen. I understand the player wants to try and stay at Wanderers to fight his corner.
When Dougie Freedman spoke about Mears in his pre-match press conference he said the move would be "heavily sponsored" by Wanderers.
It seems that Paul Ince also wanted John Brayford at Cardiff but as I type, I'm not sure he's managed to get a new full back ahead of their game at Barnsley.
Well, to recap, he has most definitely been made available for loan by Wanderers and was subject on an enquiry from Blackpool earler this week.
Few people asking me about the current Tyrone Mears situation.
Quick scan through the European statistical websites tell me he has experienced in the Europa League and has scored a couple of goals this season. Perhaps one for the future?
Will run the name, if I remember it, past Dougie Freedman later on.
The 20-year-old FC Differdange 03 is a full international for his country.
It's one very much from left field, but reports in Luxembourg are claiming that winger Yannick Bastos is on Wanderers' radar.
Now to that transfer news I promised you.
Tom Eaves could be seen in some eyes as an easy way to solve the striker problem, caused by Jermaine Beckford's injury. But DF said the club would not be calling him back from a loan spell at Shrewsbury.
There is a frustration among fans that younger players have not been used in the side sooner... I attempt to sum that up in my comment piece here.
Dougie announced plans to send half a dozen young players out on loan to see what they were made of, and whether they can fit into his future plans...
Got some transfer news in a moment but first a recap on what's been covered in the BN this morning...
A very good afternoon from the Madejski Stadium - a very impressive venue, but will it be a successful one for Wanderers?
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Live text commentary will begin at 3pm.
WANDERERS' ALL-TIME RECORD AGAINST READING
Played – 28
Won – 13
Drawn – 5
Lost – 10
Scored – 41
Against - 33
WANDERERS' TOP SCORER VS READING
Tony Philliskirk (5gls), pictured playing for Burnley.
FOOT IN BOTH CAMPS
“Obi-Wan” Afobe, pictured above, was the next big thing for Wanderers when he arrived on loan from Arsenal following the club’s relegation to the Championship. But aside from a hat-trick in a pre-season friendly against Tranmere, there was little to justify the hype. His loan was cut short by Dougie Freedman soon after taking charge at the Reebok.
Afobe had also played three games on loan for Reading in the previous campaign.
Born in Atherton, Butler was a member of the legendary Wanderers side of the 1920s. The midfielder picked up three FA Cup winners medals during his successful time spell at Burnden Park.
Wanderers’ relegation in 1933 led Butler to re-unite with his former team mate Joe Smith, who was the manager at Reading. Butler eventually became boss of Reading after Smith left the club in 1935.
Hardly helped by the fact he arrived to plug the gap left by Chelsea-bound Nicolas Anelka, experienced Polish international Rasiak never won over the Wanderers fans, failing to hit the target in two starts and five sub appearances.
He moved on to Reading but again failed to find regular first team football under Brian McDermott and was sold on to Cypriot side AEL Limasol after one season.
Wanderers 2 Reading 1
The goalscorers were not the memorable part of this home victory over the Royals – it was more the goalkeeper.
After Keith Branagan’s sending off 25 minutes from time, strike legend John McGinlay donned the baggy keeper’s shirt to make sure his earlier goal proved decisive.
Scott Sellars had opened the scoring but a second-half consolation from Jimmy Lambert couldn’t prevent Colin Todd’s Whites from going four points clear at the top.
I've got four goalkeepers on my books now, and I'm not sure where McGinlay comes in the order,” joked Todd after the game.
Wanderers 3 Reading 0
This was as good as it got for Sammy Lee – who chalked up his only Premier League win in his short spell in charge of Wanderers against the Royals.
El-Hadji Diouf was in irrepressible form, making the first goal for Gary Speed to head home and then creating another for Nicolas Anelka to take round Marcus Hahnemann and slot into the empty net.
The last goal went to one of the much-maligned signings of the Lee era, Norwegian international Daniel Braaten, who headed home a cross from Anelka late on in the game to chalk up perhaps his only highlight in a Wanderers shirt.
Wanderers 3 Reading 1
Phil Neal’s side had only just got their season started after a dreadful early run that had seen them sink second bottom of the table.
This win against Reading was a sixth game unbeaten, and a quarter of the way through the longest unbeaten league run in the club’s history.
Between October 1990 and March 1991 the Whites avoided defeat for 23 games before falling to earth with a thump at Mansfield in a shock 4-0 defeat.
Steve Thompson scored twice at Burnden Park, once from the spot, with David Reeves adding a third.
ONE TO WATCH - ADAM LE FONDRE
Reading have lost just twice with Le Fondre in the side this season – but the former Rochdale and Stockport County man has been far from a first team regular under Nigel Adkins.
Le Fondre voiced his disapproval of his treatment at the start of the year, alerting several Championship clubs to his availability, but strangely he has started the two games since.
With seven goals from just 12 starts, the 27-year-old is definitely a goal threat Wanderers must watch out for.
WANDERERS TEAM NEWS
Adam Bogdan is back fit but Andy Lonergan has been told he will retain the goalkeeper's gloves for Wanderers.
Craig Davies could also feature after missing the last two months with fitness issues. The Wales international is set to replace Jermaine Beckford, who will be out for the next three weeks.
David Wheater, Stuart Holden and Marc Tierney are also unavailable.
Likely line-up (4-1-3-2): Lonergan; Baptiste, Mills, Knight, Ream; Spearing; Danns, M Davies, Chung-Yong; C Davies, Ngog.
READING TEAM NEWS
Midfielder Guthrie missed last weekend's 1-0 win at Watford with a calf injury to add to manager Nigel Adkins' mounting injury worries.
Adkins is still without Wayne Bridge, Sean Morrison (both knee), Chris Baird (ankle), Hal Robson-Kanu (calf), Mikele Leigertwood (ankle), Jason Roberts (hip) and Jem Karacan (cruciate).
Striker Nick Blackman took a hefty blow at Vicarage Road but should be fit along with winger Jordan Obita, who came off with cramp.
Likely line up (4-4-2): McCarthy; Gunter, Gorkss, Pearce, Obita; McLeary, Akpan, Williams, McAnuff; Pogrebnyak, Le Fondre.
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