Championship play-off hopefuls Reading saw their poor home form continue as they were held by Huddersfield.

Town took the lead after four minutes when Nahki Wells ran on to a long ball from Tommy Smith and fired home.

Reading were soon level when Pavel Pogrebnyak scored from the spot after Oliver Norwood tugged Jobi McAnuff's shirt inside the box.

Huddersfield had the best chances to win it, and went closest when Wells hit the post from an acute angle.

The Royals have now failed to win any of their last six home games but remain in sixth place because Nottingham Forest and Ipswich, the two teams closest to the play-off places, fought out a draw.

Another goal for Wells

Nahki Wells's goal was his fifth for Huddersfield and 19th of the season, having scored 14 for Bradford before his move from the League One club in January

Huddersfield, who are safely in mid-table, came into the game on a run of only one win from their last 10 away matches but made the perfect start.

Smith's pass evaded Sean Morrison and Wells was left to run in on goal and beat Alex McCarthy with a low shot.

The Terriers' lead lasted just a few minutes, however, before referee Keith Stroud spotted Norwood's tug on McAnuff's shirt and pointed to the spot.

Pogrebnyak stepped up to send Huddersfield keeper Alex Smithies the wrong way, and score his 11th goal of the season.

Huddersfield came forward again, but McCarthy kept out Norwood's fierce drive and then tipped out Adam Clayton's curling effort before Wells hit the woodwork.

Reading also went close before half-time when Pogrebnyak saw his header pushed away, and Smithies was called into action again to deal with Michael Hector's well-struck shot.

It was the visitors who had the upper hand after the break but they failed to take their chances.

Paul Dixon shot tamely wide, Norwood was also off target and McCarthy kept out efforts from Oscar Gobern and Danny Ward.

When McCarthy was beaten, Jordan Obita had to clear off the line from a Murray Wallace header, but the home side held on for a point.

Reading manager Nigel Adkins: "We're still sixth and we're still in the play-offs. We picked up a point and we've just got to keep grinding away. We're at Charlton next and we've been free-scoring away from home.

"We went behind early on and that gave us a real challenge but we got ourselves back into it quickly, which was pleasing. It was a good point on the board and there's a good spirit among the players."

Huddersfield manager Mark Robins: "We controlled the first period really well and we were camped in their half at times. We passed the ball nicely and created quite a few chances and had one effort cleared off the line.

"I'm harsh on the players sometimes but they are trying to do the best they can and they did that today. I'm pleased with the way it's going."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Reading

  • 21 McCarthy
  • 02 Gunter
  • 35 Hector
  • 23 Williams (Akpan - 81' )
  • 05 Pearce
  • 15 Morrison
  • 12 McCleary Booked (Drenthe - 59' )
  • 11 McAnuff
  • 07 Pogrebnyak
  • 19 Robson-Kanu (Le Fondre - 74' )
  • 37 Obita

Substitutes

  • 01 Federici
  • 03 Kelly
  • 09 Le Fondre
  • 10 Drenthe
  • 16 Akpan
  • 17 Gorkss
  • 25 Taylor

Huddersfield Town

  • 01 Smithies
  • 12 Hammill
  • 03 Dixon
  • 39 Gerrard (Wallace - 45' )
  • 05 Clarke Booked
  • 27 Smith Booked
  • 08 Clayton Booked
  • 10 Gobern
  • 11 Ward (Scannell - 75' )
  • 21 Wells
  • 04 Norwood

Substitutes

  • 02 Woods
  • 06 Hogg
  • 07 Scannell
  • 13 Bennett
  • 15 Wallace
  • 38 Holmes
  • 44 Bunn
Ref: Keith Stroud
Att: 17,649

Match Stats

Shots

13 22

On target

5 10

Corners

4 6

Fouls

16 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

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

90:00 +2:30 Full time

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

90:00 +1:10

Attempt missed. Sean Morrison (Reading) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Royston Drenthe following a set piece situation.

90:00 +0:47 Booking

Booking Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +0:31

Foul by Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town).

90:00 +0:31

Jobi McAnuff (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

89:47

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Adam Le Fondre.

89:04

Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

89:04

Foul by Michael Hector (Reading).

86:43

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Murray Wallace.

85:57

Foul by Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town).

85:57

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

84:39

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

79:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Reading. Hope Akpan replaces Daniel Williams.

79:19

Paul Dixon (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:19

Foul by Adam Le Fondre (Reading).

79:05

Attempt saved. Sean Scannell (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

79:02

Attempt blocked. Murray Wallace (Huddersfield Town) header from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Adam Hammill with a cross.

78:24

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

76:38

Tom Smith (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:38

Foul by Royston Drenthe (Reading).

74:09 Booking

Booking Oscar Gobern (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

73:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Sean Scannell replaces Daniel Ward.

73:10

Attempt missed. Royston Drenthe (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Chris Gunter with a cross.

72:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Reading. Adam Le Fondre replaces Hal Robson-Kanu.

71:56

Attempt missed. Oscar Gobern (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Adam Hammill with a cross following a corner.

71:15

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Alex McCarthy.

71:13

Attempt saved. Oscar Gobern (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Nahki Wells.

68:59

Attempt blocked. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Clayton.

68:30

Offside, Reading. Daniel Williams tries a through ball, but Royston Drenthe is caught offside.

67:51

Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:51

Foul by Michael Hector (Reading).

65:51

Foul by Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town).

65:51

Jobi McAnuff (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

63:10

Offside, Huddersfield Town. Daniel Ward tries a through ball, but Nahki Wells is caught offside.

63:04

Attempt saved. Daniel Ward (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

62:45

Attempt blocked. Peter Clarke (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Hammill with a cross.

62:07

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

62:03

Attempt blocked. Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

61:19

Adam Hammill (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

61:19

Foul by Michael Hector (Reading).

60:57

Dangerous play by Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town).

60:57

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

59:38

Foul by Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town).

59:36

Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

59:05

Attempt blocked. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Clayton.

57:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Reading. Royston Drenthe replaces Garath McCleary.

57:09

Attempt saved. Oscar Gobern (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

56:03

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

55:27

Murray Wallace (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:27

Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading).

54:49

Attempt missed. Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

53:44

Attempt missed. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Garath McCleary following a corner.

53:42

Attempt missed. Sean Morrison (Reading) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jobi McAnuff with a cross following a corner.

53:16

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Adam Clayton.

52:10

Attempt saved. Sean Morrison (Reading) header from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jobi McAnuff.

51:36

Foul by Murray Wallace (Huddersfield Town).

51:36

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

51:01

Attempt missed. Paul Dixon (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

48:06

Foul by Paul Dixon (Huddersfield Town).

48:06

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

46:41

Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

46:41

Foul by Sean Morrison (Reading).

45:38

Daniel Ward (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:38

Foul by Jordan Obita (Reading).

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Murray Wallace replaces Anthony Gerrard.

45:00

Second Half begins Reading 1, Huddersfield Town 1.

45:00 +4:08 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Reading 1, Huddersfield Town 1.

45:00 +3:15

Attempt blocked. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Ward with a cross.

45:00 +2:39

Oscar Gobern (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:00 +2:39

Foul by Michael Hector (Reading).

45:00 +1:06

Attempt saved. Jobi McAnuff (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

43:50

Attempt saved. Oscar Gobern (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Nahki Wells.

42:47

Offside, Huddersfield Town. Alex Smithies tries a through ball, but Nahki Wells is caught offside.

42:16

Peter Clarke (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:16

Foul by Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading).

41:42

Foul by Oscar Gobern (Huddersfield Town).

41:42

Daniel Williams (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:09

Attempt blocked. Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

37:25

Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

37:25

Foul by Sean Morrison (Reading).

34:20

Attempt missed. Michael Hector (Reading) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jordan Obita with a cross following a corner.

33:57

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Peter Clarke.

33:54

Attempt saved. Michael Hector (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

33:52

Attempt blocked. Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Garath McCleary.

31:08

Attempt saved. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Chris Gunter with a cross.

29:51

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

28:40

Delay in match Peter Clarke (Huddersfield Town) because of an injury.

25:57

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Adam Hammill.

23:22

Paul Dixon (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:22

Foul by Garath McCleary (Reading).

23:06

Attempt saved. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Adam Clayton.

21:58

Foul by Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town).

21:58

Sean Morrison (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:52

Attempt missed. Adam Hammill (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Oscar Gobern.

19:02

Attempt missed. Daniel Ward (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left.

17:10 Booking

Booking Garath McCleary (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

17:04

Adam Hammill (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:04

Foul by Garath McCleary (Reading).

14:52

Attempt blocked. Jobi McAnuff (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Hal Robson-Kanu.

11:31

Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the left side of the box following a corner.

10:45

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Alex McCarthy.

10:41

Attempt saved. Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Daniel Ward.

9:03

Adam Hammill (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:03

Foul by Garath McCleary (Reading).

8:32

Attempt saved. Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Adam Clayton.

7:29

Tom Smith (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:29

Foul by Jobi McAnuff (Reading).

6:49 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Reading 1, Huddersfield Town 1. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

5:37

Penalty conceded by Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town) after a foul in the penalty area.

5:37

Penalty Reading. Jobi McAnuff draws a foul in the penalty area.

3:16 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Reading 0, Huddersfield Town 1. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tom Smith.

1:51

Foul by Michael Hector (Reading).

1:51

Oscar Gobern (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:14

Attempt blocked. Jobi McAnuff (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

0:33 Booking

Booking Tom Smith (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

0:26

Foul by Tom Smith (Huddersfield Town).

0:26

Pavel Pogrebnyak (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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