Gareth Barry headed a last-gasp winner as champions Manchester City claimed a 1-0 victory to deny Reading an unexpected and morale-boosting point at the Etihad Stadium.
City created numerous chances in a mostly one-sided affair completed in heavy rain but the visitors looked set to hold firm and lift themselves off the bottom of the Barclays Premier League.
But City fought to the end and Barry got on the end of a cross from David Silva to head home to much relief in injury time.
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