Title chasing Leicester earned a hard-working point at promotion hopefuls Reading to put themselves seven points clear at the top of the Championship.
Nigel Pearson's side were thrashed by Brighton last week and it seemed as if overconfidence had got the better of them once more as Alex Pearce's sublime header put Reading ahead 15 minutes in.
Danny Drinkwater's well executed strike leveled the game and despite pressure from both teams the game ended level.
Leicester will hope a well-earned away point will be enough to make their lead unassailable with just four games remaining. Reading sneak into the play-off places once more but only on goal difference and still have a lot to do if want Premier League football at the Madejski next season.
The game started well enough for them as longest-serving player Alex Pearce rose highest to perfectly guide the ball into the corner. It looked as if Leicester were still celebrating promotion as Reading squandered more chances with Kasper Schmeichel denying them on several occasions.
The Foxes proved their title credentials, however, as a badly cleared corner found its way to Drinkwater, who smashed the ball past the despairing Alex McCarthy.
More pressure came from Reading before the break but Schmeichel still held firm even when McCleary looked certain to score one on one.
A scrappy second half was highlighted by the dismissal of Mikele Leigertwood who was making his home return after over a year injured. Leigertwood's desperate lunge earned him a second yellow card 4 minutes from time putting pressure on the Royals who had slightly edged the second period.
Manager Nigel Adkins expressed his annoyance at a "clear penalty [from a first-half handball by Dean Hammond]" and described Reading's run-in as "nail-biting". It will certainly be that, Reading face 2 of the top 6 in their final 4 games.
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