Danny Drinkwater's equaliser earned Leicester a point as Reading moved into the play-off places on goal difference.

Defender Alex Pearce headed the Royals in front from Jordan Obita's free-kick after 15 minutes.

But Drinkwater drove in an equaliser from 20 yards to pull Leicester, already promoted to the Premier League, level after half an hour.

After half-time, Pavel Pogrebnyak's header hit the post for the hosts, who had Mikele Leigertwood sent off.

Reading's home struggles

After winning five of their first nine, the Royals have managed just seven victories from their 21 league matches at the Madejski Stadium this season.

The Foxes are now seven points clear of second-placed Burnley with four matches remaining, while Reading, winless in seven at home and with one win in five, are level on 64 points with Brighton and Ipswich below them.

They took a step towards ending their miserable home form when Pearce rose above Wes Morgan to score with a powerful header from Obita's ball in from the right.

Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel pulled off a fine save from Jobi McAnuff's close-range effort following a cross from the impressive Garath McCleary and Dean Hammond was fortunate not to concede a penalty for handball.

But as Reading failed to clear a corner, Hammond laid off for Drinkwater to hit a powerful shot into the bottom corner.

Schmeichel did well once again when he pushed away an effort from McCleary after the Royals winger had got in behind Morgan.

After the break Pogrebnyak's header came back off the woodwork from McCleary's ball from the right.

Leicester's Morgan also went close with a header from a deep cross from Riyad Mahrez before substitute Leigertwood was shown a second yellow card for a lunge at Mahrez with four minutes left.

Reading manager Nigel Adkins:

"It's a very important point that puts us back in the play-offs with four games to go.

"It will be nail-biting and it's going to go all the way. We're in there battling and we still have a chance.

"It was a clear penalty [for Hammond's handball] that the referee's not given. But we've played a team who will be worthy champions and who are going to be in the Premier League next season. We wanted passion and hunger and we got that."

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson:

"We were a bit sloppy mentally but I have to balance looking at a performance like that at this stage of the season.

"The players are still putting the effort in. We had chances to win it but with the problems Reading caused us in the first half it would be miserly for me to be too greedy.

"We had to work hard for a point but it's a point in the right direction. The players will deserve the title if they get it."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Reading

  • 21 McCarthy
  • 02 Gunter
  • 18 Bridge
  • 35 Hector
  • 15 Morrison
  • 05 Pearce
  • 23 Williams (Leigertwood - 61' Dismissed after an earlier booking )
  • 37 Obita (Robson-Kanu - 74' )
  • 07 Pogrebnyak
  • 12 McCleary (Drenthe - 84' )
  • 11 McAnuff

Substitutes

  • 01 Federici
  • 03 Kelly
  • 08 Leigertwood
  • 09 Le Fondre
  • 10 Drenthe
  • 17 Gorkss
  • 19 Robson-Kanu

Leicester City

  • 01 Schmeichel
  • 02 de Laet Booked
  • 15 Schlupp
  • 07 Hammond (King - 73' )
  • 27 Wasilewski
  • 05 Morgan
  • 26 Mahrez
  • 04 Drinkwater
  • 09 Vardy (Wood - 65' )
  • 35 Nugent (Taylor-Fletcher - 80' )
  • 11 Dyer

Substitutes

  • 03 Konchesky
  • 10 King
  • 18 Moore
  • 22 Taylor-Fletcher
  • 24 Knockaert
  • 25 Logan
  • 39 Wood
Ref: Simon Hooper
Att: 20,072

Match Stats

Shots

13 18

On target

3 5

Corners

7 7

Fouls

11 15

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Reading 1, Leicester City 1.

90:00 +5:40 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Reading 1, Leicester City 1.

90:00 +5:17

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Wes Morgan.

90:00 +3:32

Hand ball by Lloyd Dyer (Leicester City).

90:00 +1:49

Attempt missed. Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Gary Taylor-Fletcher.

89:28

Attempt blocked. Chris Wood (Leicester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andy King.

86:00 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Mikele Leigertwood (Reading) for a bad foul.

85:56

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

85:56

Foul by Mikele Leigertwood (Reading).

83:35

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

83:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Reading. Royston Drenthe replaces Garath McCleary.

82:28

Delay in match Garath McCleary (Reading) because of an injury.

80:52

Offside, Leicester City. Andy King tries a through ball, but Chris Wood is caught offside.

79:43 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Gary Taylor-Fletcher replaces David Nugent.

79:24

Andy King (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

79:24

Foul by Jobi McAnuff (Reading).

74:29

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Alex Pearce.

73:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Reading. Hal Robson-Kanu replaces Jordan Obita.

73:20 Booking

Booking Mikele Leigertwood (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

73:09

Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

73:09

Foul by Mikele Leigertwood (Reading).

72:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Andy King replaces Dean Hammond.

71:30

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Sean Morrison.

70:48

Attempt blocked. Dean Hammond (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Wood.

68:08

Attempt blocked. Jordan Obita (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mikele Leigertwood.

68:06

Attempt blocked. Mikele Leigertwood (Reading) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alex Pearce with a headed pass.

67:35 Booking

Booking Ritchie de Laet (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

67:29

Hand ball by Ritchie de Laet (Leicester City).

67:19

Foul by Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City).

67:19

Jordan Obita (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

66:24

Attempt missed. Wes Morgan (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez with a cross.

65:51

David Nugent (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

65:51

Foul by Mikele Leigertwood (Reading).

65:13

Attempt missed. Sean Morrison (Reading) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jobi McAnuff with a cross following a corner.

65:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Chris Wood replaces Jamie Vardy.

64:39

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Dean Hammond.

64:37

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

63:46

Foul by Ritchie de Laet (Leicester City).

63:46

Jordan Obita (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

61:07

Foul by Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City).

61:07

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

60:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Reading. Mikele Leigertwood replaces Daniel Williams.

60:11

Attempt blocked. David Nugent (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Drinkwater.

59:09

Hand ball by Daniel Williams (Reading).

58:15

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

58:15

Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading).

55:13

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Pavel Pogrebnyak.

55:12

Attempt blocked. Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked.

55:09

Attempt blocked. Lloyd Dyer (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

54:32

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Alex Pearce.

54:31

Attempt blocked. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lloyd Dyer with a cross.

53:38

Foul by Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City).

53:38

Daniel Williams (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

53:27

Attempt saved. Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by David Nugent.

51:57

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Wes Morgan.

50:46

Wes Morgan (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:46

Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading).

50:30

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:30

Foul by Wayne Bridge (Reading).

49:07

Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) hits the right post with a header from very close range. Assisted by Garath McCleary with a cross.

48:32

Foul by Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City).

48:32

Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

47:45

Foul by Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).

47:45

Michael Hector (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:37

Attempt missed. David Nugent (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez.

45:00

Second Half begins Reading 1, Leicester City 1.

45:00 +1:11 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Reading 1, Leicester City 1.

45:00 +0:03

Attempt missed. Garath McCleary (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Daniel Williams with a through ball following a fast break.

44:02

Attempt blocked. David Nugent (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

43:25

Offside, Reading. Chris Gunter tries a through ball, but Garath McCleary is caught offside.

41:28

Attempt missed. Wes Morgan (Leicester City) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez with a cross following a corner.

41:06

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Jobi McAnuff.

39:39

Attempt saved. Garath McCleary (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jordan Obita.

38:44

Foul by Dean Hammond (Leicester City).

38:44

Garath McCleary (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

38:03

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Dean Hammond.

35:36

Attempt missed. Garath McCleary (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jordan Obita.

34:43

Foul by Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City).

34:43

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

32:40 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Reading 1, Leicester City 1. Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Dean Hammond.

32:37

Attempt blocked. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lloyd Dyer.

31:25

Attempt saved. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jeffrey Schlupp.

29:09

Attempt saved. Jobi McAnuff (Reading) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Garath McCleary.

28:22

Dean Hammond (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:22

Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading).

27:48

Foul by Ritchie de Laet (Leicester City).

27:48

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

26:40

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

24:22

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Jeffrey Schlupp.

23:31

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Wes Morgan.

22:52

Foul by Wes Morgan (Leicester City).

22:52

Daniel Williams (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

22:33

Attempt saved. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jeffrey Schlupp.

21:38

Attempt saved. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Jamie Vardy with a headed pass.

20:16

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Ritchie de Laet.

18:49

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:49

Foul by Garath McCleary (Reading).

15:26 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Reading 1, Leicester City 0. Alex Pearce (Reading) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jordan Obita with a cross following a set piece situation.

14:53

Foul by Wes Morgan (Leicester City).

14:53

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

13:16

Attempt missed. Ritchie de Laet (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by David Nugent following a corner.

12:44

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Sean Morrison.

9:57

Offside, Leicester City. Lloyd Dyer tries a through ball, but Jamie Vardy is caught offside.

8:42

Offside, Leicester City. Jeffrey Schlupp tries a through ball, but Jamie Vardy is caught offside.

6:16

Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading).

6:16

Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:30

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

3:30

Foul by Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).

2:31

Attempt missed. Chris Gunter (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

2:27

Attempt blocked. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Garath McCleary with a cross.

0:59

Attempt blocked. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jobi McAnuff.

0:36

Hand ball by Dean Hammond (Leicester City).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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