A 92nd minute Nakhi Wells penalty prevented Reading from advancing to the FA Cup fourth round for the second year in a row, and subsequently sent the tie to a replay.
Jamie Paterson put Huddersfield in front inside the second half, after a goalless first 45 minutes, with a well timed header at the back post past Ali Al-Habsi.
Matej Vydra scored his first goal in what has seemed like an absolute age, battling with his marker on the edge of the box, before cutting inside and looping an unstoppable shot into the top corner to pull Reading back on level terms.
After Nakhi Wells was booked for diving, Hal Robson-Kanu ended his goal drought with a clever finish after some good work from substitute Lucas Piazon.
Reading fans must have thought they had won it, but Nakhi Wells tucked home a penalty, after Oliver Norwood fouled inside the box, to send the tie to a replay.
Here are three things we learned in this game…….
1) Brian McDermott has shown clever man-management – After Matej Vydra’s outstanding tackle which started Reading’s move for their goal in the 1-0 win over Bristol City, Brian McDermott has been coining every tackle in training as “doing a Vydra” in a bid to boost the striker’s confidence.
This clever piece of man management clearly paid off, with Vydra bagging his first goal since the 3-1 defeat to Nottingham Forest.
2) Lucas Piazon can do the dirty work – Piazon came under a lot of slack from the Reading faithful for not doing his defensive duties, and looking lazy off the ball, but McDermott has clearly had had a chat with the Brazilian, and after coming on off the bench, he put in a game-changing performance.
Regularly tracking back and putting in tackles, he ultimately got his reward, recording an assist in the Robson-Kanu goal.
3) Wagner’s work is paying off – Even though they needed an injury time penalty against an inconsistent Reading side to clamber to a draw, Huddersfield had 15 shots compared to Reading’s five.
Nakhi Wells consistently gave the Reading back four trouble with his pace and mazy runs – it looks like David Wagner’s philosophy is finally rubbing off.