Brentford were, once again, made to pay for missed chances and a defensive lapse as Reading rescued a point they scarcely deserved.
The Bees were the dominant side and Josh Clarke fired them in front just after the 15 minute mark.
Royals defender Paul McShane was lucky not to have been sent off after bodychecking Ollie Watkins when already on a yellow card as the Berkshire side couldn't live with the former Exeter man.
The key moments came just after the hour mark as the superb Josh Clarke, who was a thorn in Reading's side all afternoon, played a delightful through ball to Florian Jozefzoon.
The Dutchman got five yards out then inexplicably put the ball wide and that moment cost the Bees as Reading won a penalty soon after as Rico Henry was deemed to have pushed Liam Moore.
Liam Kelly stepped up and drilled it high into the net past Dan Bentley and could have won it in second half stoppage time when Sone Aluko's long range effort struck the bar.
Is there a glitch in the Matrix?
I honestly feel like going back to a previous assessment and copying and pasting what I wrote at that time such is the sense of deja vu that I'm having at the moment watching Brentford.
The Bees had every opportunity to win this game but, once again, a lack of cutting edge in the box cost them.
On this occasion it was Florian Jozefzoon who was guilty of missing the best chance as he fired wide from five yards when through on goal.
The Bees have been punished when they have made a defensive lapse and Rico Henry will regret his push on Liam Moore that led to the Reading penalty.
Do I think Brentford fans should be worried? You keep on thinking it's going to click and then the same thing happens again. This can't go on forever, surely?
It's hard for a full back to catch the eye but Josh Clarke was absolutely superb at right back.
The 22-year-old did an excellent job defensively and was superb going forward, scoring a fine goal.
The Royals doubled up on him towards the end and still he kept on breaking through.
He's not the finished article yet and needs to work on his final delivery but he was a deserving man of the match.
Maxime Colin may have been a loss when he went to Birmingham but the right back slot has now been capably filled by Clarke and Henrik Dalsgaard.
How Reading had all 11 players on the pitch I do not know as they made some cynical fouls.
Certainly, Paul McShane should have been sent off in the first half for two bookable offences. The second, a bodycheck on Ollie Watkins, was a clear as day yellow card and, as he had already been booked, a red should have followed.
The Royals centre back has a history of making nasty challenges at Griffin Park having caused Alex Rhodes to rupture his anterior cruciate ligament in January 2005, when he was at Walsall on loan from Manchester United.
Certainly, their tactic to stop Watkins was to foul him and they tried to do that to Clarke, but he kept on wriggling away.
Stick with Smith
Clearly sacking managers is in vogue today with Birmingham, Chesterfield and Port Vale wielding the axe.
I've seen some comments on social media calling for Smith to join them. I disagree though.
While other clubs see things as purely a results business, Brentford care about the process just as much as the outcome.
If the Bees are outperforming teams, and anyone who has watched the games, will agree they have been then Smith must be doing something right. At the end of the day, he can't legislate for golden opportunities being squandered.
Clearly no win in 10, dating back to last season, is an alarming run of form but the only genuinely underwhelming performance was against a Blackburn side that had to win at all costs at the end of the last campaign.
The last time the Bees went 10 games without a win it was because they were a poor side. This team is better than that.
It's clear that the head coach is highly respected by the squad and his calm demeanour has rubbed off on the squad. They trust him and believe in what they're doing and that it will, eventually, bring results.