Reading moved up to fourth in the Championship as they came from behind to earn a draw against 10-man Sheffield Wednesday.
Callum Paterson headed the Owls ahead from Adam Reach’s cross before they had Liam Shaw sent off for a reckless challenge on Omar Richards.
Lucas Joao headed home Ovie Ejaria’s free-kick at the far post against his former club to level before the break.
Michael Olise came close to giving Reading all three points in the second half, but his powerful shot went narrowly over the bar.
The result helps Reading keep pace with the leaders at the top of the Championship, with the draw leaving them just a point behind top side Norwich, who lost at Luton.
Tony Pulis’ Owls remain second from bottom of the table and have now drawn three consecutive Championship fixtures.
Reading’s point means they extend their unbeaten run in midweek Championship fixtures to 10 games with their form turning around after a spell of four straight defeats in October and November.
Ejaria almost gave Reading all three points in the closing stages with a long-range strike but Wednesday keeper Joe Wildsmith was on hand to make a last-ditch save.
Sheffield Wednesday boss Tony Pulis told BBC Radio Sheffield:
“[On Liam Shaw’s red card] I’m disappointed with the challenge, it’s reckless. Whether he’s played the ball or not, in the modern game today, you can’t go in that strongly.
“It puts the referee under enormous pressure to make decisions. We looked to breakout not as well as I’d liked to have done but we did.
“Our goal was a real first class goal. The player gets sent off, they get a goal and it was poor marking from our point of view.”
Reading manager Veljko Paunovic:
“Like ourselves, everyone needs to be accountable for their own actions and it’s difficult to be objective when you are involved, but I thought two penalties were very possible.
“But we will use this disappointment and channel it into energy when we finally play in front of our fans again on Saturday. I don’t want anything to affect that and we have got to bounce back again.
“On the one hand, I was proud of this performance because the team did everything we had to do in this kind of game. We had good possession and created opportunities.
“But, on the other hand, I am disappointed that we didn’t get the result because we were the team who wanted to get most out of this game.”
- 2PalmerSubstituted forOdubajoat 45′minutes
- 4van AkenSubstituted forPelupessyat 45′minutes
- 7K HarrisSubstituted forKachungaat 90+1′minutes
- 21LuongoBooked at 53mins
- 26ShawBooked at 30mins
- 10BannanSubstituted forIorfaat 45′minutes
- 5PatersonBooked at 59mins
- 33Cabral Barbosa
- 29HolmesSubstituted forPontes Estevesat 70′minutes
- 8RinomhotaSubstituted forAlukoat 70′minutes
- 7OliseSubstituted forBaldockat 75′minutes
- 18Lucas João
- 2Pontes Esteves
Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Reading 1.
Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Reading 1.
Attempt saved. Josh Laurent (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Foul by Josh Laurent (Reading).
Elias Kachunga (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Elias Kachunga replaces Kadeem Harris.
Corner, Reading. Conceded by Julian Börner.
Attempt blocked. Josh Laurent (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sone Aluko.
Omar Richards (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Callum Paterson (Sheffield Wednesday).
Foul by Ovie Ejaria (Reading).
Callum Paterson (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. Ovie Ejaria (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lucas João.
Foul by Sam Baldock (Reading).
Moses Odubajo (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt missed. Lucas João (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Tomás Esteves.
Attempt missed. Massimo Luongo (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Substitution, Reading. Sam Baldock replaces Michael Olise.
Attempt missed. Sone Aluko (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Tomás Esteves.
Attempt missed. Alfa Semedo (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ovie Ejaria.