A moment of calamity had brough the Potters level on thirty-seven minutes, Jurgen Vandeurzen's hopeful goalward shot took a wicked deflection off Adie Williams, beating Marcus Hahnemann at his near post.
Following the game Adie admitted to readingfc.co.uk: "It was one of those things. You can't blame anybody and you can't even pat the guy on the back for scoring it.
"It was a tame effort, the only way it could end up in the back of the net is if it took a massive deflection."
Despite the one moment of disaster Williams feels that Reading dealt with the well with Stoke's attacking threat.
He added: "We dealt fairly comfortably with the big boys up front and the only way I could see them scoring was with a piece of magic or a bit of good fortune.
"Fair play to Stoke, they didn't sit back and accept the draw. In the last ten minutes there attacks were liek a red arrow coming at us but we stuck to our guns.
"The pleasing thing is two weeks ago we were in a similare position against Wimbledon and they scored in the last minute of the game. That was a real kick in the teeth.
"I'm so pleased we didn't let the same thing happen on Saturday because we definitely deserved a point, if not all three."
Meanwhile, Reading's Boxing Day clash with Coventry City at Highfield Road has been brought forward from 3pm to 12pm.