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The visitors won a free kick from the edge of the area early on, but Esteban Granero's curling effort was kept out by the crossbar.
Adel Taarabt created a couple of chances, but the Moroccan could not find the target, sending two shots well wide in the space of five minutes.
Jay Bothroyd watched his 20th-minute strike go just inches wide, after the forward chipped the ball over Alex McCarthy, who was off his line, but the Reading goalkeeper continued to live a charmed life.
The Royals also appealed for two penalties before the half-time interval, but referee Kevin Friend was not interested.
A draw would see both sides relegated from the Premier League.