John Heitinga came back from beyond the Everton fringe to help them win them an FA Cup fourth-round tie they hardly deserved.
The versatile Dutch defender, voted player of the year by the club's supporters last season, has slipped rapidly down the pecking order at Goodison Park.
He has been caught out by a couple of his pacier opponents and has been linked with a possible move to Fenerbahce in Turkey.
But after his sweet volley in time added on beat unlucky Bolton 2-1 at the Reebok Stadium, Heitinga's manager, David Moyes, hinted that he might still have a role at the club.
"I can't afford him to go," said Moyes. "We're short of central defenders."
Brian McDermott hopes this will be the year Reading reach the FA Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1927.
Reading made it to the last 16 of the prestigious competition with a straightforward 4-0 win over League One's Sheffield United on Saturday.
McDermott has taken the Berkshire club to the quarter-finals on two occasions since he took over, but he said: "There's a buzz around the place. If we can win another game we're in the quarter finals – and we've been there before and we'll try and go one further again."