As it was, Portsmouth, the league's run-away side, were satisfied to leave with just a point having earlier preclaimed that they would defeat the Royals who weren't all they were hyped up to be.
Speaking after the game Pompey boss Harry Redknapp admitted that after a tough encounter it was a point gained rather than two points lost.
He told the Portmsouth Official Site: "It's a good point away from home, I saw Reading at Palace the other day and you can see why they are doing so well.
"We had a lot of possession in the first half but didn't really hurt them, and they had a few chances towards the end of the half and caused a couple of problems for us.
"Reading are a great side and they gave a good demonstration of why their defence is so tight, they didn't give us a thing up front. We have got a long way to go before we can start to think about the Premiership, but I was pleased with picking up a point here today."