QPR and Reading remain the only professional teams in English football without a league win this season following an action-packed 1-1 draw at Loftus Road.
However, of the two managers it will be the under-pressure Mark Hughes who will be bitterly frustrated as QPR wasted a great number of chances to end their horrible run of results and found Reading keeper Alex McCarthy to be in brilliant form.
Reading, looking to recover from their Capital One Cup disaster at home to Arsenal, took the lead after 16 minutes when Kaspars Gorkss saw his scissor-kick deflect in past Julio Cesar. However, QPR levelled after 66 minutes through a neat finish from Djibril Cisse.
Having already been denied by one miraculous save from McCarthy to tip an Esteban Granero free kick onto the bar, QPR saw chance after chance go unconverted as they failed to secure the win that Hughes so badly needs if he is to begin alleviating the pressure that is steadily growing on his shoulders.
The draw means QPR move ahead of Southampton and into 19th on goal difference, with Reading a further point ahead in 18th. Brian McDermott's side are four points behind Aston Villa with a game in hand.
Remarkably, Reading persisted with the same back four that conceded seven against Arsenal as 21-year-old Sean Morrison made his first Premier League start. Rangers were forced into a change at the back though as Stephane Mbia's suspension meant a return for Anton Ferdinand.
QPR created by far the greater weight of chances in an open first half, though they were not always clear-cut with Adel Taarabt particularly wasteful as he failed to properly test McCarthy with a succession of efforts that either flew off target or too close to the Reading keeper.
Reading's best chance of unsettling the home defence appeared to be via the aerial route and Gorkss threatened early on when directing a header off target from a free kick. However, after 16 minutes he did have Reading in front against his former side, though not through conventional means.
It was fellow centre-back Morrison who got his head to a Nick Shorey corner as Julio Cesar pushed the ball onto the bar, but Gorkss was nicely placed to meet the rebound and execute a scissor-kick that took touches off Ryan Nelsen, Cesar and then Granero before sneaking over the line.
Reading's rather scrappy goal was sandwiched between a succession of chances for the home side: Cisse struck a shot just past the top corner after cutting in from the right; Junior Hoilett thumped the ball narrowly wide following a pass from Taarabt; and the Moroccan himself fizzed an effort just over the bar after collecting the ball from Cisse.
A surging run from Mackie, halted by a messy challenge from Morrison, then gifted QPR their best chance of the half after 39 minutes. Granero stepped up to produce a lovely free kick that looked destined to curl and dip under the bar, only for a diving McCarthy to pull off one of the saves of the season as he extended his right arm above his head and tipped the ball onto the bar.
Four minutes into the second half, Granero had another chance to show off his set-piece prowess when the driving Diakite was brought to ground 20 yards out. This time the Spaniard left McCarthy stationary as he arrowed a shot towards the top corner. However, his free kick brushed against the side netting.
The pattern of the first half appeared to be repeated as again Reading threatened in the air. Mikele Leigertwood met a dangerous Shorey corner from the left but got the wrong contact on the ball as he sent a header high into the air.
Meanwhile, chances came and went for Rangers. Cisse saw a low effort blocked after a square pass from Hoilett before the summer signing from Blackburn then cut in himself from the right and failed to test McCarthy from a tight angle. In between, Mackie howled for a penalty following contact from Morrison but was ignored.
On 66 minutes though, QPR did get the equaliser their efforts merited. The influential Samba Diakite laid the ball off to Jose Bosingwa and the Portuguese right-back found Cisse with his cross. The striker's first touch cushioned the ball and his second was a poke with an outstretched boot to put his shot past McCarthy.
Cisse's goal paved the way for a tense conclusion as the home side poured forward looking for the win. While Reading substitute Hal Robson-Kanu placed one header off target when he should have hit the target, it was QPR who dominated, Taarabt in particular besieging the away goal.
However, he found McCarthy to be a barrier to his ambition. One firm drive from 25 yards was tipped round the bar before, in the crucial moment of the game, Taarabt stormed forward as part of a QPR break, collected a square pass from Cisse and skipped inside Chris Gunter to give himself an almost certain goal. But his shot was marginally too close to McCarthy, who made another stunning stop.
There was even time for Cisse to send a 25-yard drive just inches wide deep into injury time as QPR's wastefulness dogged them right until the conclusion of another deeply frustrating match.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Alex McCarthy - Reading: The keeper was in sensational form to deny a QPR side that laid siege to his goal. His stop from Granero's first free kick will be one of the saves of the season.
QPR: Cesar 7, Bosingwa 6, Ferdinand 6, Nelsen 7, Traore 5, Diakite 7, Granero 7, Mackie 6, Taarabt 5, Hoilett 5, Cisse 7. Subs: Zamora N/A, Onuoha N/A.
READING: McCarthy 8, Gunter 5, Morrison 7, Gorkss 6, Shorey 6, Leigertwood 7, Tabb 6, McCleary 5, McAnuff 6, Roberts 5, Hunt 6. Subs: Kebe 7, Robson-Kanu N/A, Le Fondre N/A.