Reading boss Jaap Stam admitted his side were fortunate to leave Brentford with a point.
Josh Clarke fired the Bees into an early lead, but they were pegged back after the break when Liam Moore was bundled over in the box and Liam Kelly smashed home from the penalty spot.
And the Dutchman was full of praise for the west Londoners, saying they are a good team with good players.
"We are very pleased because we had a hard time in the first half and didn't play to our usual standards," he said. "Our choices on the ball were not good enough and we gave the ball away too quickly, and that is dangerous with the players Brentford have.
"They scored a good goal. We've seen them play this season and they've played well and made it difficult for the majority of teams they've played against.
"You always want to win but sometimes you have to be honest with yourself and perhaps if Sone Aluko's shot at the end had gone in you might have asked was it deserved or not. Maybe not, but that's how it goes.
"Make no mistake, Brentford are a good team with good players and it makes us aware that we need to improve in what we have to do.
"They had a couple of opportunities in the first half and we had chances to score before they did. If either side takes those then the game would have been different."