Yeovil Town's Championship survival hopes were boosted as they held Reading to a draw despite having three players red-carded in the second half.

Shane Duffy headed Yeovil ahead before Byron Webster was sent off for pulling back Royston Drenthe for a penalty, but Adam Le Fondre's spot-kick was saved.

Reading levelled in the aftermath as John Lundstram put through his own net.

Joe Ralls saw red for felling Garath McCleary and Kieffer Moore went for a second booking but the Glovers held on.

Yeovil's away-day woes

Yeovil have won only two of their last 16 away games in all competitions, losing 10

The draw moved Yeovil off the bottom of the table on goal difference, following Barnsley's 5-0 defeat at Huddersfield.

Reading have dropped out of the play-off places, replaced by Wigan, after being left frustrated by a determined Somerset side.

The Royals went into the match having lost their two previous home games without scoring a goal, and will know Saturday's draw was a missed opportunity to return to winning ways.

Yeovil, now unbeaten in four matches, started well and were ahead on 20 minutes when Duffy headed into the net after Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy missed Luke Ayling's cross.

Pavel Pogrebnyak had a headed effort disallowed for offside for the hosts before the break, but Reading drew level after Webster was sent off for hauling back substitute Drenthe as he bore down on goal.

Le Fondre's resulting penalty was saved by Marek Stech but the hosts equalised from the ensuing goalmouth scramble when Lundstram's attempted clearance went over the line off the back of the grounded goalkeeper.

Yeovil were reduced to nine men soon after when midfielder Ralls was given his marching orders for a scything challenge on McCleary, and they were down to eight in the 88th minute after Moore's second yellow card, a foul on Chris Gunter.

Reading boss Nigel Adkins:

"We started the game very well but yet again conceded a poor goal and gave our opponents something to cling on to.

"Then we just started lumping the ball forward.

"When they were down to eight, we got in a lot of crosses and created a lot of chances. We only got one point, when we should have had three, but credit to Yeovil. We've got to pick ourselves up and go again. We're still in the mix."

Yeovil manager Gary Johnson:

"I've no complaints on the day. The sendings off were not for viciousness.

"The first one Webster was just misjudgement and the second and third were two young lads who were a bit overzealous in the tackle. If you do that, you're going to get a red card.

"It's a lesson learnt for all three of them. They put their team in trouble but they didn't mean to. It was more a question of mis-timing.

"With only eight players, I was very proud of the way we defended. There is a passion among all the players and they want to do all they can to keep Yeovil Town in the Championship. We'd like to stay there as long as we can and if we survive, it will be the club's biggest ever achievement."

Lineup, Bookings (9) & Substitutions (6)

Reading

  • 21 McCarthy
  • 02 Gunter
  • 37 Obita
  • 23 Williams
  • 05 Pearce
  • 17 Gorkss (Blackman - 82' Booked )
  • 12 McCleary
  • 16 Akpan Booked (Guthrie - 45' )
  • 09 Le Fondre
  • 07 Pogrebnyak
  • 19 Robson-Kanu (Drenthe - 63' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Federici
  • 03 Kelly
  • 10 Drenthe
  • 20 Guthrie
  • 22 Blackman
  • 25 Taylor
  • 35 Hector

Yeovil Town

  • 01 Stech
  • 02 Ayling Booked
  • 03 McAllister (Lundstram - 57' )
  • 04 Edwards Booked
  • 05 Webster Dismissed
  • 15 Duffy
  • 20 Holmes (Ofori-Twumasi - 73' )
  • 19 Ralls Dismissed
  • 13 Moore Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 09 Hayter (Palazuelos - 69' )
  • 11 Lawrence Booked

Substitutes

  • 07 Dawson
  • 08 Palazuelos
  • 23 Grant
  • 24 Dunn
  • 26 Ofori-Twumasi
  • 29 Morgan
  • 31 Lundstram
Ref: Scott Mathieson
Att: 18,697

Match Stats

Shots

30 9

On target

8 3

Corners

21 4

Fouls

13 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Reading 1, Yeovil Town 1.

90:00 +7:05 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Reading 1, Yeovil Town 1.

90:00 +6:04

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Joe Edwards.

90:00 +4:53

Attempt missed. Danny Guthrie (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

90:00 +4:37

Corner, Reading. Conceded by John Lundstram.

90:00 +4:01

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Joe Edwards.

90:00 +3:16

Attempt blocked. Royston Drenthe (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

90:00 +2:15

Foul by Nick Blackman (Reading).

90:00 +2:15

Ruben Palazuelos (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:10

Attempt saved. Royston Drenthe (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Danny Guthrie.

90:00 +1:24

Garath McCleary (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +1:24

Foul by Tom Lawrence (Yeovil Town).

90:00 +1:05

Attempt blocked. Royston Drenthe (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Guthrie.

90:00 +0:51

Attempt blocked. Nick Blackman (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Gunter.

89:45

Royston Drenthe (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

89:45

Foul by Tom Lawrence (Yeovil Town).

87:55 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Kieffer Moore (Yeovil Town) for a bad foul.

87:37

Foul by Kieffer Moore (Yeovil Town).

87:35

Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

86:28 Booking

Booking Kieffer Moore (Yeovil Town) is shown the yellow card.

86:06

Attempt missed. Chris Gunter (Reading) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Garath McCleary with a cross.

85:34 Booking

Booking Luke Ayling (Yeovil Town) is shown the yellow card.

85:08

Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading).

85:08

Tom Lawrence (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:53

Attempt missed. Shane Duffy (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Lawrence with a cross following a corner.

83:10

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Jordan Obita.

82:38 Booking

Booking Nick Blackman (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

82:34

Foul by Nick Blackman (Reading).

82:34

Tom Lawrence (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Reading. Nick Blackman replaces Kaspars Gorkss.

80:36

Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading).

80:36

Marek Stech (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:10

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Marek Stech.

80:06

Attempt saved. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Danny Guthrie with a cross.

79:28

Attempt blocked. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

79:26

Attempt saved. Danny Guthrie (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Royston Drenthe.

78:26

Attempt missed. Jordan Obita (Reading) left footed shot from long range on the left misses to the left. Assisted by Danny Guthrie with a cross following a corner.

78:05

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Marek Stech.

77:33

Attempt missed. Kaspars Gorkss (Reading) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Danny Guthrie with a cross following a corner.

77:10

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Joe Edwards.

76:56 Booking

Booking Joe Edwards (Yeovil Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

76:48

Royston Drenthe (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

76:48

Foul by Joe Edwards (Yeovil Town).

73:49

Attempt missed. Kaspars Gorkss (Reading) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Royston Drenthe with a cross following a corner.

73:29

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi.

72:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Yeovil Town. Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi replaces Duane Holmes.

71:55

Attempt missed. Danny Guthrie (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

71:53

Attempt blocked. Royston Drenthe (Reading) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kaspars Gorkss.

70:11 Dismissal

Dismissal Joe Ralls (Yeovil Town) is shown the red card.

69:46

Garath McCleary (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

69:46

Foul by Joe Ralls (Yeovil Town).

69:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Yeovil Town. Ruben Palazuelos replaces James Hayter.

68:21 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by Tom Lawrence, Yeovil Town. Reading 1, Yeovil Town 1.

67:28

Attempt saved. Adam Le Fondre (Reading) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Royston Drenthe.

67:13

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Marek Stech.

67:08

Penalty saved! Adam Le Fondre (Reading) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

65:42 Dismissal

Dismissal Byron Webster (Yeovil Town) is shown the red card.

65:26

Penalty Reading. Royston Drenthe draws a foul in the penalty area.

65:26

Penalty conceded by Byron Webster (Yeovil Town) after a foul in the penalty area.

65:12

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

63:50

Delay in match Tom Lawrence (Yeovil Town) because of an injury.

63:25

Attempt missed. Adam Le Fondre (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Chris Gunter.

62:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Reading. Royston Drenthe replaces Hal Robson-Kanu.

61:49

Attempt missed. Kaspars Gorkss (Reading) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Jordan Obita with a cross following a corner.

61:25

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Joe Ralls.

59:14

Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading).

59:14

Byron Webster (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Yeovil Town. John Lundstram replaces Jamie McAllister.

55:56

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

54:42

Delay in match Jamie McAllister (Yeovil Town) because of an injury.

54:00

Attempt missed. Daniel Williams (Reading) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Hal Robson-Kanu with a cross.

53:13

Attempt saved. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jordan Obita with a cross.

53:03

Attempt blocked. Garath McCleary (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Obita.

52:49

Attempt blocked. Daniel Williams (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Obita with a cross.

52:30

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Joe Ralls.

52:08

Corner, Reading. Conceded by James Hayter.

51:52

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Kieffer Moore.

51:30

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Kieffer Moore.

51:26

Attempt blocked. Daniel Williams (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

51:03

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Shane Duffy.

50:37

Attempt blocked. Garath McCleary (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

50:13

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Marek Stech.

49:10

Attempt saved. Kaspars Gorkss (Reading) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Danny Guthrie with a cross.

48:36

Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

48:36

Foul by Byron Webster (Yeovil Town).

45:00

Second Half begins Reading 0, Yeovil Town 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Reading. Danny Guthrie replaces Hope Akpan.

45:00 +2:07 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Reading 0, Yeovil Town 1.

45:00 +0:56

Attempt saved. Garath McCleary (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Hope Akpan.

44:03

Hand ball by Daniel Williams (Reading).

41:53

Offside, Reading. Jordan Obita tries a through ball, but Adam Le Fondre is caught offside.

40:31 Booking

Booking Hope Akpan (Reading) is shown the yellow card.

40:06

Attempt saved. Kieffer Moore (Yeovil Town) header from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

38:15

Foul by Kaspars Gorkss (Reading).

38:15

Shane Duffy (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:53

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Luke Ayling.

37:12

Attempt blocked. Kieffer Moore (Yeovil Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Ralls.

36:23

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Byron Webster.

33:58

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Shane Duffy.

33:54

Attempt blocked. Adam Le Fondre (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Pavel Pogrebnyak.

33:28

Kaspars Gorkss (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:28

Foul by Kieffer Moore (Yeovil Town).

32:59

Offside, Reading. Jordan Obita tries a through ball, but Pavel Pogrebnyak is caught offside.

32:12

Attempt missed. Daniel Williams (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Hope Akpan with a headed pass.

31:00 Booking

Booking Tom Lawrence (Yeovil Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

30:49

Garath McCleary (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

30:49

Foul by Tom Lawrence (Yeovil Town).

30:11

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Jordan Obita.

29:27

Foul by Daniel Williams (Reading).

29:27

Tom Lawrence (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

28:19

Foul by Adam Le Fondre (Reading).

28:19

Shane Duffy (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:07

Offside, Yeovil Town. Joe Edwards tries a through ball, but Tom Lawrence is caught offside.

26:07

Alex Pearce (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:07

Foul by Kieffer Moore (Yeovil Town).

24:52

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Kaspars Gorkss.

24:49

Attempt missed. Byron Webster (Yeovil Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Joe Ralls with a cross.

24:08

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Alex McCarthy.

24:06

Attempt saved. Tom Lawrence (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

22:59

Attempt missed. Duane Holmes (Yeovil Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jamie McAllister with a cross.

21:32

Foul by Hope Akpan (Reading).

21:32

Joe Edwards (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:17

Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:17

Foul by James Hayter (Yeovil Town).

20:11

Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

20:11

Foul by Jamie McAllister (Yeovil Town).

19:17 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Reading 0, Yeovil Town 1. Shane Duffy (Yeovil Town) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Luke Ayling following a set piece situation.

18:28

Foul by Hope Akpan (Reading).

18:28

Joe Edwards (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

14:00

Attempt missed. Jordan Obita (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

13:03

Adam Le Fondre (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

13:03

Foul by Shane Duffy (Yeovil Town).

10:54

Hand ball by Garath McCleary (Reading).

7:07

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Byron Webster.

6:37

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Shane Duffy.

4:22

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Tom Lawrence.

3:33

Attempt missed. Joe Edwards (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Luke Ayling.

0:35

Foul by Luke Ayling (Yeovil Town).

0:35

Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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