I was looking at the results earlier on today, and Bolton Wanderers have only conceded two goals during that 5 game unbeaten spell. It's not something that's really been heavily noted, another massive tick for Neil Lennon and his ability in tightening up our once shocking defence.
Unfortunately, no start for Wanderers legend Eidur Gudjohnsen, who didn't seem to receive the clearance Lennon was hoping for, so he slipped his specs on and took a seat in the stands to watch the whites.
Neil Lennon stuck with the same team that started against Huddersfield Town and Blackpool FC, with Andy Lonergan keeping his place between the sticks, and deservedly so as he has been in outstanding form. Anyone who thinks Adam Bogdan should be on is bonkers. There was also a place on the bench for the lad we've signed till 2018 Conor Wilkinson, it's been a decent week for him.
Bolton had the better of the first half, continuing our good football by passing the ball well and attacking Reading FC on the counter. We move about well but as Lennon said in his press conference, we miss the creativity of Mark Davies in the midfield and our play in the final third isn't quite what it was when we battered both Cardiff City & Wigan Athletic. His replacement, Darren Pratley (bless him he's a trier) is just not a player you want going forward. Chung-Yong Lee was proving to be a menace again as he ran through the Reading team on several occasions. My God, we are going to miss him in January.
Our lack of cutting edge in the final third also isolated our front man Craig Davies, who didn't have much of an impact on the game.
Reading woke up towards the end of the first half and continued applying the pressure early into the second half, our weakest part of the match, but we held firm and defended strongly.
It was no surprise to see Davies replaced on 57 minutes by Wilkinson, who would have seen a boost in confidence from putting pen to paper in midweek. A dream goal wasn't to be for the youngster, who we didn't see a massive amount from as the game went on. It was also interesting to see an early change in the game, as Lennon didn't make a single change until 85+ minutes against Huddersfield, which as a spectator was slightly frustrating as I felt it was needed.
The game continued with both sides having chances to take the lead, Reading coming closest when the ball was fired past Lonergan only for it to be called for offside, much to the pleasure of the visiting support.
It was end to end stuff in the latter stages and we could have taken all three points, but I'm happy with 1 point away from home with a clean sheet, especially if you compare it to January, which was an upsetting time to be a Wanderers fan. *Shudder.*
Fair result for me and plenty positives to take from the game. 5 games unbeaten and another clean sheet with only 2 conceded in the last five. Another point in our match up the table towards the play offs, call me optimistic.
However, if recent reports are to be believed, The Macron will be a revolving door come January and I'm looking forward to it.