Hull City are still looking for an away win after conceding an 87th minute equaliser to Reading at the Madejski stadium.
A winless away run stretching back 399 days or 23 games looked to be coming to end until Jon Dadi Bodvarsson beat Alan McGregor to cancel out Fraizer Campbell’s goal for a share of the spoils.
Leonid Slutsky made three changes from last time out with Jackson Irvine and David Meyler starting in midfield and Campbell the man up front in place of Nouha Dicko, to partner the in form Jarrod Bowen.
To say the first 20 minutes of the game was tepid wouldn’t be an injustice as both teams failed to have a shot of any description and the only goal mouth action was a Liam Moore header at the back post from a corner. Moore rose unchallenged but could only direct his effort straight at McGregor.
The breakthrough came in the 28th minute though when Seb Larsson split the Reading defence with an inch perfect pass for Campbell to run on to and the striker calmly slotted his shot wide of the keeper and into the bottom corner, for his first goal for the club since returning in the summer.
Within minutes though the Royals could and should have been back on level terms when ex City player Sone Aluko found himself with an open goal to aim at, but he somehow managed to put his shot wide when it looked easier to score.
As the home side pressed to get back into the game the Tigers held firm and went into the break 1 up, with neither side impressing. Half Time: Reading 1 – 1 Hull City
Five minutes into the second period City so nearly doubled their lead when Seb Larsson stepped up to smash a free kick from 20 yards out against the bar with ex City loanee Vito Mannone helpless in the Reading goal. On 54 minutes Larsson fired in another free kick that deflected off the wall and Mannone had to get scramble and get down quickly to hold the shot.
Reading took these escapes as a warning and started to work their way back into the game as City started to sit back on their lead a little, as Aluko and Edwards had efforts blocked.
On 65 minutes Campbell who was visibly tiring as he works his way back to full fitness was replaced by Nouha Dicko but he was seeing little of the ball as first Van den Bergh and then McCleary had efforts on McGregor’s goal cleared.
Larsson limped off with 77 minutes on the clock to be replaced by Jon Toral, which must be worrying for Slutsky ahead of Tuesday’s game with Preston.
With 5 minutes to go the Tigers nearly sealed the points and the elusive away win when Chelsea loanee Fikayo Tomori surged past a throng of bodies but saw his effort slip narrowly wide. and then came the dagger to City’s hearts as the substitute Bodvarsson latched on to a clever lofted pass from Aluko and drilled a fine shot low and hard past the despairing grasp of McGregor.
City were now holding for a draw as first Van den Bergh wasted another opportunity and the dangerous Obita won a corner in the final seconds but Slutsky’s men held on for the point.
As the final whistle went it was evident from the players on the pitch that this was a golden opportunity to break the drought and it was 2 points dropped and not 1 gained.
Full Time: Reading 1 – 1 Hull City.
Slutsky will now look to take the positives from this game as he prepares his troops for the visit of high flying Preston North End to the KCOM on Tuesday.