The Royals attracted just under 24,000 expectant fans to the Madejski Stadium and it appeared as they would go away empty-handed but for a last-minute penalty from Adam Le Fondre.
Tony Pulisâ€™ Potters took the lead in the 34th minute when summer signing Michael Kightly was the recipient of some good fortune thanks to Reading goalkeeper Adam Federiciâ€™s blunder when the deflected shot slipped through his arms and into the back of the net.
Thankfully for the Australian, Brian McDermottâ€™s Royals outfit plugged away and were awarded a late spot-kick when Dean Whitehead was sent off for his tackle on Garath McCleary with Le Fondre stepping up and calmly slotting past Asmir Begovic to rescue a point at the death.
Madejski Stadium, Reading â€“ 23,973
Red card: STO - Dean Whitehead 89â€™
Match notes: - Adam Federici, Kaspars Gorkss, Alex Pearce, Jobi McAnuff, Hal Robson-Kanu, Adam Le Fondre, Garath McCleary, Noel Hunt (Premier League debut), Michael Kightly (STO debut)