It took until the 89th minute for Reading to snatch a point from the visit of Derby County, as George Evans poked home a goalmouth scramble to move the Royals into eighth place.
Danny Williams and Garath McCleary returned to the starting XI as the Royals sought a quick turnaround from their 4-1 loss at Brentford in the week, but the game was drab in all respects for the first 45 minutes.
Only a Yann Kermorgant header in stoppage time tested the visiting goalkeeper, Scott Carson, whilst the Rams themselves only managed a single shot on target before the break.
Sod's law was briefly the appropriate phrase in and around the Madesjki Stadium on Saturday evening after Derby picked up the pace in the second-half and it was Matej Vydra who popped up to score against his former employers.
Livened up a notch, the Rams went close again through Vydra as the hosts struggled to generate momentum whilst seeing Roy Beerens' penalty claim shunned by the referee.
It was Beerens' corner that earned the point, eventually finding Evans to bag from two yards out before a good old-fashioned rally saw the teams finish the game all square with the international break now upon us.