Just when it looked like Reading were set for a third straight defeat, and a fourth straight midweek defeat, up stepped Jamie Mackie with practically the last kick of the game to give the loyal 209 away fans something to travel home with.
An encouraging first half for the visitors was most noticeable for Bolton having to use all three substitutes before half time.
One of them was to have an impact when on the hour the home side took the lead. Former Royal Adam Le Fondre won the ball back and played in Eidur Gudjonsen for the opening goal.
Steve Clarke tried to add some impetus to Reading's attempts at getting an equaliser by brining on Nick Blackman, Simon Cox and Danny Williams, perhaps surprisingly overlooking Yakubu, but it all looked in vain until Mackie's late strike.
The relief at avoiding another defeat is perhaps best shown by the photo below.
Keep an eye out for our match report, player ratings and analysis in the next couple of days.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>PHOTO: The manager called this a "massive goal" for his side. Reaction to follow <a href="http://t.co/iulp47wsdO">pic.twitter.com/iulp47wsdO</a></p>— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) <a href="https://twitter.com/ReadingFC/status/572891439518130176">March 3, 2015</a></blockquote>
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