More than 14,000 supporters turned out last night for Reading's 1-1 draw with Luton Town, the largest midweek turnout for over a calendar year.

Andy Carroll gave the Royals the lead against the in-form Hatters, and thought he had made it a brace shortly after only to be sent off for handball.

Clinging on for almost half an hour, Carlton Morris levelled the scores with 10 minutes remaining to leave Noel Hunt's side in the bottom three with three games left to play.

Backed by almost 2,000 visiting supporters, who celebrated confirmation of their play-off position with a draw, it was the second-highest gate for a match without ticket deals.

Averaging 13,000 this season, some midweek matches have seen less than 10,000 brave the elements- not helped by games being shown live on Sky Sports behind the red button.

August 2021, a 3-2 defeat to Bristol City, was the last midweek game with a crowd higher than last night- with 14,207 beating yesterday's 14,126.

The last midweek crowd of over 15,000 was November 2019 when a game against promotion-chasing Leeds United attracted almost 17,000.