Town denied by Meite brace at the Madejski
Town turned in the best 45 minutes of the season in the first-half but were denied all three points by a brace from Yakou Meite.
Gwion Edwards gave Blues the perfect start with a volley before Meite struck superbly with a spectacular overhead kick.
Freddie Sears responded immediately for Town and Paul Lambert’s side could have wrapped the game up before the break.
Reading improved in the second-half but Town held on until six minutes from time when Meite headed in his second.
Town stayed with the same side that drew with Preston last weekend and Blues started on the front foot, Edwards’ cross forced clear by Liam Moore as Sears threatened.
It was Edwards who gave Town the perfect start on five minutes, the Welshman burying his shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the box after Jonas Knudsen’s long throw hadn’t been cleared.
Reading were level though within a minute, Meite scoring with a brilliant overhead kick from a cross from the left.
In a pulsating start to the game Town were back in front on 11 minutes, Sears getting on the end of Bart Bialkowski’s clearance and sidefooting past Anssi Jaakkola with ease.
Mo Barrow then went down in the box looking for a penalty but referee Darren Bond reached for his yellow card instead.
Flynn Downes had a shot blocked, Jordan Roberts had a flick deflected just wide, then Edwards pulled his shot a yard wide of the post.
Town continued to carry the far greater threat and Knudsen fizzed a cross that begged to be converted, the ball skimming past the far post, Luke Chambers unable to keep his header down from a corner.
Downes robbed Barrow with a superb tackle as the home side looked for a respite but Blues carried a real danger on the break, Roberts forcing a save from
Jaakkola after a flowing move as a first-half came to an end that merited a greater advantage for Town.
Garath McCleary replaced Andy Rinomhota at the break in the game’s first change, Town continuing where they let off, Sears immediately getting in down the left but his cross was cleared as Roberts looked to convert.
It needed a terrific save from Bialkowski though to deny Barrow from levelling the scores after a corner hadn’t been cleared, while at the other end Jaakkola prevented Roberts from having an open goal.
Kayden Jackson replaced Roberts before the hour, the substitute immediately setting up Sears whose shot was diverted wide as Blueslooked for the killer third goal.
Edwards’ cross flashed across goal, Jordan Spence holding firm to stop Meite in his tracks, then Matt Pennington in the right place at the right time to clear.
Spence danced around the Reading backline before testing Jaakkola, the Royals making a second change with O’Shea making way for John Swift.
Jackson was inches away from getting in on goal, Danny Rowe on for Sears in Town’s second change, while Marc McNulty entered the fray for Liam Kelly.
Reading were back on level terms six minutes from time, Meite doing well to head in from a long pass from deep and it proved enough to earn his side a point.
Reading: Jaakkola, Yiadom, O’Shea (Swift 77) Moore, Bacuna, Baldock, Barrow, Meite, Blackett, Rinomhota (McCleary 46), Kelly (McNulty 83). Subs not used: Walker, Gunter, Aluko, Ilori. Booked: Barrow.
Town: Bialkowski, Spence, Chambers, Pennington, Knudsen, Chalobah, Edwards, Skuse, Downes, Sears (Rowe 82), Roberts (Jackson 58). Subs not used: Gerken, Donacien, Edun, Lankester, Dozzell. Booked: Chambers, Spence.