2017/18 English League Championship, 2017/2018 English League Championship
  • Reece Burke (18')
  • Darren Pratley (23')
  • Liam Moore (76')
  • Leandro Bacuna (83' PEN)

Bolton Wanderers 2-2 Reading

Reading battled back with two goals inside the last 15 minutes to earn a 2-2 draw at Bolton
First-half headed goals from Reece Burke and Darren Pratley put Phil Parkinson's side 2-0 up as they chased just a third Championship win of the season.
But Reading eventually turned overwhelming possession into goals as Liam Moore pulled one back before Leandro Bacuna scored from the spot with seven minutes left.
The draw extends Bolton's unbeaten run to seven games but they remain in the relegation zone.
Wanderers had not beaten Reading in a league game since 2008. But their two quick first-half strikes suggested that statistic was finally going to be consigned to history.
The visitors almost played themselves into trouble in the first couple of minutes as, under pressure from Tyler Blackett's short back pass, Anssi Jaakkola scuffed his attempted clearance straight to Gary Madine but the Royals goalkeeper recovered well.
At the other end, John Swift was fractionally short of steering a Modou Barrow cross into the goal after 13 minutes.
Moments later, Swift limped off to be replaced by Pelle Clement and the switch appeared to unsettle the visitors, who went behind to a routine set-piece move.
Josh Vela whipped a free-kick across the penalty box and defender Burke headed in at the back post.
Reading were further incensed by a challenge by Pratley on Bacuna. Referee Andrew Madley took no action against the Trotters captain, who made a decisive contribution moments later.
Vela again produced a telling delivery, this time from a corner, and Pratley was unmarked from 10 yards to head past Jaakkolo.
Reading quickly set about trying to find a way back into the game. Sone Aluko's trickery took him away from Mark Little but his right-footed shot was a weak one.
The visitors took control after the break and Aluko was denied by a flying save from Ben Alnwick, and the Wanderers keeper produced another save to deny Aluko at his near post shortly after.
But Reading found a way through in the 76th minute. Moore nipped ahead of team-mate Jon Dadi Bodvarsson to turn in Modou Barrow's low cross.
And the Royals were level seven minutes later as Sammy Ameobi tripped Barrow and Bacuna converted the penalty.
There was still time for some more action as Bolton almost surged back ahead in stoppage time.
Royals keeper Jaakkola had not looked the most convincing with ball at his feet but he produced two outstanding saves in the four extra minutes to deny Pratley and substitute Adam Le Fondre.

English League Championship Standings

1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 +24 48
2 Cardiff City 21 +16 44
3 Bristol City 21 +12 40
4 Derby County 21 +12 38
5 Aston Villa 21 +11 37
6 Sheffield United 21 +8 37
7 Leeds United 21 +7 33
8 Middlesbrough 21 +7 32
9 Ipswich Town 21 +3 32
10 Preston North End 21 +3 32
11 Nottingham Forest 21 -4 30
12 Fulham 21 0 29
13 Brentford 21 +3 27
14 Reading 21 +2 27
15 Sheffield Wednesday 21 0 27
16 Norwich City 21 -6 27
17 Millwall 21 +1 23
18 Hull City 21 -2 22
19 Queens Park Rangers 21 -9 22
20 Barnsley 21 -10 20
21 Bolton Wanderers 21 -19 16
22 Birmingham City 21 -20 16
23 Sunderland 21 -12 15
24 Burton Albion 21 -27 14

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