Had looked solid in the opening half-hour but appears to have got his worst moment of the season in early (or at least Reading will hope so). Looked ready to save Kightly’s shot but contrived to drop it under his body in a real howler.
Comfortable enough against Etherington and generally quite assured on his debut, making good effort to contribute in a forward sense down the right.
A threat from set-pieces and headed not far wide at a corner 25 minutes in, but his poor defensive header that fell to Kightly was the real catalyst for Federici’s nightmare error.
Reading looked to the veteran early on with the left-back as capable as ever of delivering a quality cross. Proved with his either-foot efforts - and a late free kick that fizzed just over - that he will provide a few assists this year.
Did not often have much to do against Crouch and made some useful interceptions in a solid performance.
Reading should have utilised their captain more often, who looked capable of seriously troubling left-back Marc Wilson. As it was, he was too often overlooked in their midfield passing.
A busy debut for the central midfielder and nearly got an early assist with his outswinging corner being headed not far wide by Gorkss. Showed some dynamism in pushing for an equaliser.
Harte was the more regular threat down the left early on but the winger showed more signs of life at the start of the second half with some neat passes into the channels. The first man replaced by Brian McDermott after 67 minutes.
The man whose goal secured promotion put in a committed performance but was not able to provide a similar important breakthrough. Booked after being frustrated by Glenn Whelan in a series of tackles.
A. Le Fondre
Struggled at times against an imperious Stoke defence but looks like he has the tools to do well at this level. Impressive work-rate and showed signs of being able to find those elusive gaps in Premier League back lines. Reading might not have earned the equaliser on the whole but if anyone did, it was Le Fondre.
A very disappointing Royals debut for the Russian. It is presumably games like these for which he was signed to compete but was completely outmuscled by the Stoke defenders and reduced to slightly pathetic attempts to win penalties. Some decent touches outside the box but not where it mattered. No surprise to see him withdrawn.
Not often troubled as Pogrebnyak defined a frustrated Reading front line and could hardly be blamed for Le Fondre's excellent penalty.
Occasionally troubled by the pace of Jobi McAnuff but the Royals did not make the most of it.
It was an incredible feat just to be on the pitch after his exceptionally swift recovery from viral meningitis – and the Reading front line posed only minimal headaches by comparison. The German was an ever-present figure to head off attacks.
Standing in for the unavailable Ryan Shotton, the right-back was a disappointment going forward with his crosses wayward, but Robson-Kanu posed him few questions on the defensive front.
His strong partnership with Huth continues to profit Stoke and he the Englishman was impressive again at the Madejski Stadium in helping to completely nullify Pogrebnyak.
The Potters tended to attack more down the right with Kightly but Etherington linked up with deep forward Walters competently enough in an unspectacular 80-minute outing.
Withdrawn late on after a typically combative showing. The Reading midfield did not often come forward enough to put pressure on him.
The debutant cannot really take all of the credit for the way in which Adam Federici so dismally dropped his shot underneath him for his first Stoke goal but the new signing from Wolves did what he had to in an energetic performance before being withdrawn in the second half.
It just had to be a Stoke player who earned the season’s first yellow card, Whitehead bringing down Chris Gunter awkwardly after 18 minutes. Sent off after a clumsy, if not harsh, second bookable offence.
In the rather turgid period before Kightly’s goal, the Republic of Ireland international was by far Stoke’s most enterprising player, the only one appearing to do more than solidly fend off Reading’s build-up. Hungry for opportunities to shoot and unlucky to head just wide shortly before the opener.
Saw almost none of the ball in the first half and continued to be very quiet, with Walters dropping slightly better to dictate most of Stoke's forward play.
Made a difference as a second-half substitute and it was his energetic run into the box that prompted the penalty, slightly harsh though it may have been.
Not as pronounced an impact off the bench as McCleary but he could hardly have been less effective than Pogrebnyak, the man whose place he took.