Reading looked set to be taught a harsh lesson in the realities of top-flight football after Adam Federici's mistake gave Michael Kightly a debut goal for Stoke. But new signing Garath McCleary came off the bench to turn the game, winning the penalty that earned Dean Whitehead a second yellow card.
Le Fondre dispatched the spot-kick to spark joy at the Madejski Stadium, which was almost repeated when Stoke's Robert Huth gave away a stoppage-time free-kick that Harte curled inches over the top.
In the end, Reading fans went home happy from what was their first Barclays Premier League outing for four years.
|22 Aug 2012||v Chelsea (A)|
|16 Sep 2012||v Spurs (H)|
|22 Sep 2012||v West Brom (A)|
|29 Sep 2012||v Newcastle (H)|
|06 Oct 2012||v Swansea (A)|
|20 Oct 2012||v Liverpool (A)|