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.
|01 Jan 2013||v Spurs (A)|
|06 Apr 2013||v Southampton (H)|
|04 Nov 2012||v QPR (A)|
|11 Dec 2012||v Sunderland (A)|
|13 Apr 2013||v Liverpool (H)|
|08 Dec 2012||v Southampton (A)|