TOM King was thrust straight into FA Cup action after his loan move to Stevenage last week and kept a clean sheet against Championship Reading to earn his side another shot at an upset.
King kept out Dave Edwards’ header in the first half, and it was the League Two side that came closest to winning it, only to be denied twice by Royals stopper Anssi Jaakkola.
It was a first clean sheet in six games for Stevenage, and earned them their place in Monday evening’s fourth-round draw.
Also in the FA Cup, another League Two side frustrated their Championship visitors as James Brown played the full 90 minutes for Carlisle in their goalless draw at home to Sheffield Wednesday.
Jimmy Abdou was back at Wembley for the third time in 20 months and AFC Wimbledon frustrated Tottenham for more than an hour in their third-round clash, before a double from former Lions striker Harry Kane and one from Jan Vertonghen eased the Premier League side through.
It was a less happy debut for Sid Nelson, who started at centre-back for Chesterfield in their 4-0 defeat at Accrington Stanley. Chesterfield are 23rd in League Two.
In the National League at the weekend, Noah Chesmain was an unused substitute in Boreham Wood’s 0-0 draw at Leyton Orient.