READING FC lost the third of their opening three league fixtures for the first time since 1959 with a 1-0 home defeat by Bolton Wanderers.

Royals legend Phil Parkinson's side made the most of a scrappy game and claimed a deserved win at Madejski Stadium.

Reading were below-parr for most of the game so it was tough to pick a stand-out performer, but this is how we thought the Royals got on.

Vito Mannone: 5/10 - The Italian had a shaky start to the season but showed his class in the first-half to deny Will Buckley a gilt-edged opportunity with Reading’s defence at sixes and sevens. Cannot be blamed for Bolton’s opener as the entire defence had switched off.

Andy Yiadom: 5/10 - The former Barnsley man made some strong blocks defensively but struggled to get forward as often as we have seen him do in recent weeks. However, he does seem to have formed a very good understanding with Yakou Meite on the right-wing.

Paul McShane: 5/10 - Not the kind of performance we are used to from McShane. He got off to a slow start with some wayward touches and passes in the opening 15 minutes. Didn’t do too much wrong defensively but Royals’ back-line were all guilty of switching off for Bolton’s goal.

Liam Moore: 5/10 -  First league game back since his summer transfer saga and made his presence known straight away with a goal-line clearance in the opening three minutes. Both he and McShane had a good chance to equalise following a dangerous Liam Kelly free-kick.

Tyler Blackett: 5/10 - Looks to have made the left full-back position his own under Clement and certainly looks like a different player than we saw under Jaap Stam. Blackett looked comfortable and composed and did his defensive work and provided some dangerous crosses when Reading were trailing. 

David Meyler: 5/10 - Did his defensive work well, particularly in the first-half. That said, he had a great chance to grab an equaliser with Royals behind but his first-touch really let him down on the edge of the area. 

Liam Kelly: 5/10 - A brilliant sliding block early on to break up a counter-attack but other than that he failed to stamp his authority on the game. He did however provide a dangerous free-kick which should have been converted by Moore or McShane.

John Swift: 6/10 - Played in unfamiliar territory on the left wing this afternoon. Swift was desperately unlucky not to open the scoring with another scorching free-kick. Lacked the pace on the wing that we usually see from Barrow but he was certainly the most creative man on the field for much of the game.

Yakou Meite: 6/10 - Was a handful for the Bolton defence to deal with and looked unfortunate not to win a penalty when he took the ball away from David Wheater and rounded the goalkeeper in the first half.  He was relatively in effective in the second 45 which he will be disappointed about. 

Sam Baldock: 6/10 - Looks to be linking up really well with Marc McNulty. Baldock tracked back defensively and was unlucky not to open his account in the first-half when his left-footed strike from inside the box was denied by Alnwick. He is clearly a nightmare for defenders but has just lacked that finishing touch so far.

Marc McNulty: 5/10 - His movement, passing and energy was sharp and he linked up well with his strike partner. That said, we have not seen him presented with too many chances so far in a Reading shirt which is a bit of a concern. Very ineffective in the second-half and was withdrawn for Bodvarsson.

Jon Dadi Bodvarsson: 5/10 - Made a nuisance of himself when he came on and gave Bolton’s defence something different to contend with. Unlucky not to score after good work between Swift and Kelly to get the ball into the box.

Leandro Bacuna: 5/10 - Struggled to build on an impressive performance against Birmingham in midweek but he didn’t have long to make an impact. His passing seemed slightly wayward too. 

Adrian Popa: N/A - Great to see the Romanian back in Reading colours but he didn’t have long to stamp his authority on the match. Good to see him return to fitness though and he will be a welcomed addition given the current injury situation with Reading’s wingers.  ​