Reading were forced to settle for a 2-2 draw with Huddersfield at the Madejski Stadium after the visitors equalized in the last second.
Meanwhile, Josh Koroma put Huddersfield ahead after a quarter of an hour, but Michael Olise equalized from the penalty spot three minutes later and Yakou Meite put Reading ahead in an eventful first half.
In the second half, Reading dominated but missed a number of half chances, allowing Rarmani Edmonds-Green to equalize in the third minute of stoppage time.
At our end of October, Reading were seven points clear of the Championship after an excellent start to the season, and eight points clear of seventh place in January.
However, a spate of injuries to key players and inconsistent form saw them lose their long-held place in the top six in the middle of last month – and with it a place in the playoffs.
Before the visit of Huddersfield, Veljko Paunovic’s side had won just one of their last ten matches, with the visitors not faring much better after just one win in nine games.
The visitors were no better off with just one win in nine games. Town managed just two wins in 14 games, but at least ensured safety in League Two with a 1-1 draw against Coventry last Saturday.
Reading began strongly, with John Swift forcing goalkeeper Ryan Schofield into a brilliant save with a shot from 20 yards.
But Huddersfield were quick to reply, Scott High hitting just the post with a shot from the edge of the box.
Town then took the lead in the 15th minute when Koroma curled a smart free-kick into the penalty area that keeper Luke Southwood – making his league debut for Reading – was unable to hold on to.
But the hosts hit back and scored twice before the break.
After Jonathan Hogg clumsily fouled Alfa Semedo in the box, Olise safely converted the resulting penalty for his seventh goal of the season.
In the 26th minute, Meite increased his goal tally to 12 when he sent a cross from Olise into the net with a beautiful header over Schofield.
Town piled on the pressure at the start of the second period, but after a fine move down the right, Duane Holmes’ subsequent cross was intercepted by Southwood.
Reading soon took control of the game again, with Swift failing with a well-placed shot and Schofield having to save from Omar Richards.
Olise continued to set himself up well on the left, but after a tricky run into the Town penalty area he crossed unstoppably into the arms of Schofield.
The 19-year-old Frenchman, who was named the EFL’s Young Player of the Season, then had two more chances.
First he shot over from 25 yards, then substitute Lucas Joao headed over from a corner.
Huddersfield were dangerous again just before the end, but Kieran Phillips shot just wide.
And when substitute Edmonds-Green shot in from an acute angle, they earned a point.