Andy Carroll (right) has scored seven goals for Reading this season
Reading made the most of what little luck they had against Hull City to take a point at the Select Car Leading Stadium.
The hosts lost Liam Moore and Tom McIntyre to injury either side of Regan Slater opening the scoring for Hull.
Former England striker Andy Carroll's goal just before half-time got Reading back in the game but neither side could find a winner in the second half.
Both sides appear to have little to play for this season, with the Royals nine points above the relegation zone and Hull two points ahead of them.
Hull, who looked encouraged by their midweek performance against leaders Burnley despite defeat, made much of the early running, with Malcolm Ebiowei and Allahyar Sayyadmanesh having drives blocked in the opening 10 minutes.
Reading's response was a drive and pass from Lucas Joao which saw Carroll and Cesare Casadei having their shots blocked. Joao then had a header from Andy Yiadom saved by Joe Lumley.
The Royals were forced into an early change when Moore went off after just 15 minutes with a hamstring problem, being replaced by Scott Dann.
The hosts were then forced to make a second change five minutes before the interval when McIntyre was replaced by Nesta Guinness-Walker.
Reading were already behind when McIntyre came off, as Slater pounced on an inch-perfect through ball from Adama Traore and finished crisply past Lumley.
But their luck changed a minute before the break when Casadei's header came back off a defender and fell to ex-Liverpool and Newcastle man Carroll, who buried the ball into the corner of the net to send the sides in level.
Reading's revival continued at the start of the second half with plenty of possession, but they struggled to create clear-cut chances.
Hull had an opportunity on the hour mark when skipper Lewie Coyle overlapped and sent in a dangerous cross, only for Dann to clear Reading's lines.
Ebiowei also had a chance for the visitors but he hit his shot over the bar after getting clear of three Royals defenders.
The goalkeepers were rarely troubled in the remainder of the game as Reading's four-game losing run came to an end.
- Line-upsMatch StatsLive Text
- 1Lumley3Holmes24Sarr26MooreSubstituted forDannat 15'minutes17YiadomBooked at 70mins10Ince8Hendrick20CasadeiSubstituted forFornahat 88'minutes5McIntyreSubstituted forGuinness-Walkerat 40'minutes9Lucas JoãoSubstituted forAzeezat 88'minutes2CarrollBooked at 67mins
- 12Darlow2Coyle5JonesBooked at 90mins17McLoughlin4GreavesSubstituted forElderat 87'minutes10Ebiowei24Seri27Slater9SayyadmaneshSubstituted forPelkasat 88'minutes18TraoréSubstituted forTufanat 73'minutes19EstupiñánSubstituted forLongmanat 65'minutes
Referee:Gavin WardMatch StatsHome TeamReadingAway TeamHullPossessionHome38%Away62%ShotsHome11Away12Shots on TargetHome5Away4CornersHome1Away9FoulsHome15Away18Live Text Post update
Match ends, Reading 1, Hull City 1.
Second Half ends, Reading 1, Hull City 1.
Foul by Alfie Jones (Hull City).
Andy Carroll (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt saved. Ozan Tufan (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alfie Jones.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Alfie Jones (Hull City) is shown the yellow card.
Delay in match because of an injury Andy Carroll (Reading).
Attempt missed. Dimitris Pelkas (Hull City) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Lewie Coyle with a cross.
Substitution, Reading. Femi Azeez replaces Lucas João.
Substitution, Reading. Tyrese Fornah replaces Cesare Casadei.
Substitution, Hull City. Dimitris Pelkas replaces Allahyar Sayyadmanesh.
Substitution, Hull City. Callum Elder replaces Jacob Greaves.
Foul by Ryan Longman (Hull City).
Lucas João (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Andy Yiadom.
Attempt missed. Thomas Holmes (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Tom Ince.
Attempt saved. Nesta Guinness-Walker (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Andy Yiadom.
Foul by Allahyar Sayyadmanesh (Hull City).
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