ROVERS ended promotion chasing Reading’s eight match winning streak with a hard earned draw at the Keepmoat.
Kyle Bennett’s first half goal was cancelled out by Alex Pearce’s header in a competitive clash where the hosts were never overawed or outplayed by their high-flying visitors.
Carl Ikeme was the hero at the end with two top class saves to keep Reading out.
Bennett capped an excellent counter attack from Rovers, built by Pascal Chimbinda, James Coppinger and El Hadji Diouf.
It was Diouf who delivered the final ball, a superbly weighted low cross, and Bennett slipped marker Shaun Cummins to poke home at the far post.
The goal came somewhat against the run of the play and there was certainly a sense Rovers rode their luck in the first half.
Reading missed a string of free headers from corners with Pearce, Mikele Leigertwood, Hal Robson-Kanu and Noel Hunt all guilty of wasting excellent chances.
Rovers bedded in well following the goal until the later stages of the half when Reading again began to pressure.
But the hosts continue to look dangerous on the break, setting up a tantalising second half.
It took seven minutes for Reading to draw level and it was third time lucky for Pearce.
Again he found himself unmarked at the far post from a Harte corner and was left with the simple task of heading home from a yard.
The remainder of the half ebbed and flowed for Rovers, who at times played superb one touch football.
But they also found themselves under pressure and defended very well, particularly in the late stages when Ikeme showed his class.
The on loan Wolves keeper leapt acrobatically to tip over a Jason Roberts shot and went full stretch to send Noel Hunt’s header wide.
It secured a well-deserved point for Rovers and stretched their unbeaten run to five matches.