Midfielder Brynjar Gunnarson was shown a straight red card after 28 minutes for a dangerous two-footed lunge on Hayden Mullins.
West Ham took the lead with a strike from Nolberto Solano just before half-time but they could not shake off the Royals, and Dave Kitson scored the equaliser after turning onto a neat through-ball from Nicky Shorey to beat Robert Green.
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