REPORT: Yeovil Town 0 Reading 1
Yeovil Town supporters again left Huish Park lamenting poor officiating from referee Trevor Kettle as another dubious decision cost the Glovers.
The Rutland man pointed to the spot in the second half against Reading as eventual penalty scorer Adam Le Fondre threw himself to ground as he skipped past Luke Ayling.
Despite the moment gifting an average Royals outfit three Sky Bet Championship points, it only overshadowed another incredibly promising Glovers display that again lacked ruthlessness in the final third.
Injury forced Gary Johnson into two changes to the side defeated by Birmingham City on penalties in the Capital One Cup.
Andy Williams partnered striker James Hayter ahead of rib injury victim Kieffer Moore, whilst Cardiff City loanee Joe Ralls replaced Liam Davis (hamstring).
Last season's top scorer Paddy Madden missed out entirely, a knee injury sustained in training likely to rule him out for a month.
After taking time to settle, the Glovers sprung to life on 13 minutes when Byron Webster climbed highest at Ed Upson's corner but could not head goalwards.
Four minutes later Upson created space to shoot from 20 yards only to be denied by a strong party from former Yeovil loanee Alex McCarthy.
On 22 minutes Royal Garath McCleary twisted infield, sending a fierce warning shot just feet above Wayne Hennessey's cross bar.
McCarthy was called into action on the half hour mark, tipping Jamie McAllister's free kick around the near post before Joe Edwards volleyed over Upson's half-cleared corner.
Hayter was next to go close, lashing over inside the box when another corner bounced his way on 36 minutes.
Luke Ayling created unnecessary defensive pressure on 39 minutes, failing to shepherd out the ball and McAllister clearing the subsequent Reading cross off the line. Yeovil then gave away a free kick and Hennessey bravely dived at the feet of Nick Blackman.
Andy Williams enjoyed a lively start to the second period, first forcing a save from McCarthy seconds after the restart from a tight angle before then flashing a shot across goal after turning defenders inside and out on 50 minutes.
A patient left wing move on 69 minutes nearly brought Yeovil the breakthrough they deserved, a cross finding the overlapping Grant. He rolled to Upson who had McCarthy diving full length to his right with a drive that went narrowly wide.
Reading then took the lead on 75 minutes in controversial fashion. After beating Joe Edwards to the corner flag, Le Fondre cut inside and tumbled to make the most of minimal - if any - contact with Ayling. The striker dusted himself off, hammering the penalty down the middle.
As the game entered injury time, Yeovil should have levelled. Substitute Sam Hoskins crossed for fellow replacement Michael Ngoo with keeper and defence doing enough to put off the Liverpool striker who should have netted.
Ngoo then went down under severe pressure from three Reading defenders, but Kettle waved play on to guarantee boos at the final whistle.
Yeovil Town (4-4-2) - Hennessey; Ayling, Webster, Seaborne, McAllister; Grant (Dawson, 83), Upson, Edwards, Ralls (Hoskins, 83); Hayter (Ngoo, 83), A. Williams. Unused subs: Foley, Tate, Dunn, Twumasi.
Bookings: Ayling (foul), A. Williams (dissent).
Reading (4-4-2) - McCarthy; Gunter, Pearce, Morrison, Cummings; McCleary (D. Williams 37), Drenthe (Akpan, 80), Guthrie, Karacan; Blackman (Robson-Kanu, 72), Le Fondre. Unused subs: Federici, Mariappa, Pogrebnyak, Gorkss.
Goals: Le Fondre (pen) 75.
Ref: Trevor Kettle (Rutland)