Despite not coming away from The Madejski with all three points, Bolton Wanderers put in a strong away performance against Reading.
There were a few stand out performers in the Wanderers side.
Wanderers’ new BFG, Jan Kirchhoff, was the definition of composed. Kirchhoff looked so comfortable on the ball, you wouldn’t have even thought that it was his first start in a professional game since 2016. It was clear to see from his passing ability that he’s a step above, and without his injury problems, would be easily playing for a top flight side. Alongside Kirchhoff Darren Pratley and Karl Henry, Wanderers had a strong midfield, one which I hope doesn’t change for the Sheffield Wednesday game.
For me, the man of the match was Adam Le Fondre.
Playing against his former side, ALF definitely had a point to prove. Leading the line on his own, Le Fondre ran for every ball that came his way.
Obviously, he isn’t the target man type that Phil Parkinson typically prefers. But in this new look side, with Morais, Buckley and Pratley supporting him, Le Fondre shone. He proved that Wanderers don’t need a target man to play well.
Despite the fact that he missed a glorious chance to give Wanderers the lead in the first half, Le Fondre made up for it. His goal certainly wasn’t as good as his volley against Fulham, but at least he was the right place to bundle the ball into the goal.
His attacking awareness and work rate could be key to Bolton staying in The Championship.
Let’s hope that Le Fondre continues to start up front on Saturday.