Before the game Reading's injury list saw 1 off it and 1 on as Sean Morrison was ruled out for a few weeks with a knee injury but Danny Williams returned to the bench. Adam Le Fondre was also given a start as Hal Robson-Kanu was ruled out through illness.
Truth be told Reading were blunter than a well used bread knife for most of the first half, with the team failing to register a meaningful effort, while Alex McCarthy had to be alert to deal with a couple of half chances from Rovers.
A double sub at half time that saw Williams and Akpan introduced helped things and Reading might feel hard done by not to have a penalty midway through the half.
Kaspars Gorkss also missed a good chance but really this was about a textbook a 0-0 as you could think of.
As mentioned Rob will be along to post some thoughts in far more detail but for now the positives are a rare away clean sheet and another useful point.