• English Barclays Premier League
  • 30 January 2013, 8:00pm
  • Madejski Stadium
  • Attendance: 24,097
  • Le Fondre, 87
  • Le Fondre, 90+5
  • Mata, 45+1
  • Lampard, 66

live commentary


89 mins:Azpilicueta picks up a yellow card.

89 mins:GOAL: READING 2-2 CHELSEA: That is unbelievable from Reading! It looked so comfortable for the Blues but Reading are level, and it's LE FONDRE again who makes the difference, finishing clinically from close range.

89 mins:Ba comes on for Torres.

89 mins:A long range shot from Ramires stings the palms of Federici and that's a good save from the Reading 'keeper.

88 mins:It's going to be a slightly nervy final few minutes here for the Blues. How many times have we said that this season!

86 mins:GOAL: READING 1-2 CHELSEA: LE FONDRE continues his fine run of form, finishing neatly past Turnbull after a perfectly timed run into the box.

85 mins:Federici makes a decent save from an Oscar shot. He went for placement over power there, which was perhaps the wrong decision.

83 mins:An effort from Le Fondre from the edge of the box flies over the bar.

81 mins:Cahill has picked up a head injury here and may need to be replaced if he can't recover from this one quickly.

79 mins:A shot from range from Akpan flies high and wild of the target. The ball sat up pretty nicely there for the substitute, but it was never going to trouble Turnbull.

77 mins:A quick stat for you: Lampard has now scored nine goals in 11 Premier League starts this season. How's that for sending a signal to Roman Abramovich!

75 mins:Yossi Benayoun replaces Mata.

75 mins:Hope Akpan comes on for Jem Karacan.

75 mins:Chelsea have had 12 attempts at goal tonight, compared to a miserable old 0 for Reading. That's just not good enough for a side playing at home.

73 mins:A sliding tackle from Kelly prevents Bertrand from crossing into the box, where Torres is lurking dangerously.

71 mins:Torres is the latest player to groan in frustration at the offside flag, but that was another decent decision from the linesman.

69 mins:Oscar forces the ball through to Torres, who slams a shot towards goal from a tight angle. Adam Federici makes a simple save, but Torres was flagged offside anyway.

67 mins:All the fight seems to have drifted out of Reading, just as they were starting to hit their stride. The home fans managed to rouse a cheer for the introduction of Le Fondre, but the Blues have probably nicked all three points here.

65 mins:Le Fondre comes on for McAnuff.

65 mins:GOAL: READING 0-2 CHELSEA: A lovely cross from Mata plants the ball on the head of LAMPARD, the midfield man steering the ball home. What a finish!

64 mins:Reading are just starting to work their way into this game. They tend to do well late on, especially at home, so this could well be an interesting final 30 minutes.

62 mins:A late tackle from Cole on Kebe hands the home side a free kick. Harte takes it from the right wing and his delivery isn't a bad one, Adrian Mariappa almost getting a decent connection with the side of his boot.

60 mins:McCleary may be on, but the home fans are chanting for Adam Le Fondre, who is in great goalscoring form.

58 mins:Garath McCleary comes on for Guthrie.

57 mins:Turnbull comes off his line to claim the ball and nearly gets caught out by Pogrebnyak. Turnbull really does look shaky tonight in that Chelsea goal.

55 mins:It looks like Reading might just be thinking about a change in personnel here.

53 mins:A quick ball played over the top from Mata is too pacey for Torres, the ball running out of play.

51 mins:Pogrebnyak is hauled down by Ivanovic, and Harte takes the resulting free kick for the home side.

49 mins:It's all Chelsea at the moment, as Reading struggle to keep hold of the ball in the middle of the park.

47 mins:A lovely chip into the area from Torres is cleared by Pearce. Torres has come to life since that assist for Mata's goal!

45 mins:The second half is now underway.


44 mins:GOAL: READING 0-1 CHELSEA: At long last we see a shot on target and a goal! A lovely move that starts with MATA ends with the Spaniard finishing cleverly after a chipped assist from Torres.

43 mins:Guthrie takes a free kick for Reading and the ball ends up with Alex Pearce. The home side try to spread the ball out wide, but it eventually runs out of play. Frank Lampard did very well there defensively.

41 mins:A ball played over the top towards Oscar is left by the Brazilian for Torres. The striker should at least get a shot away on target, but perhaps all too predictably, Torres sends the ball out for a throw-in.

39 mins:Ramires slides in on Pogrebnyak and picks up a booking in the process.

39 mins:Mata and Ramires try to mount an attack for the Blues, but Stephen Kelly is alert to the danger and nips in between the Chelsea players to push the ball clear with his toe.

37 mins:Pogrebnyak is flagged offside, just as it looked like Reading were about to break through the Chelsea back line. That's unlucky for the home side.

35 mins:Danny Guthrie just catches Bertrand and that's a free kick for the Blues.

33 mins:This is the only game of tonight's fixtures that remains goalless, and it doesn't look like a goal is imminent!

31 mins:The Chelsea fans are crying out for Ba to be brought on, and you can understand why. Torres is just offering absolutely nothing in the final third tonight.

29 mins:Cahill steers a diving header just wide of the target. Cahill was completely unmarked there and perhaps should have done better.

28 mins:Jobi McAnuff catches Oscar with a late challenge and that's a deserved yellow card.

27 mins:Torres is back up on his feet now and looks fine to continue. How the Chelsea fans feel about that fact is another matter!

25 mins:Torres is tackled from behind by the slightly clumsy Leigertwood, and goes down, looking to be in quite some pain.

23 mins:Reading loft a long ball up towards Pogrebnyak but Gary Cahill is equal to that, and heads it clear.

21 mins:It's fair to say that this game has not been a classic so far. Chelsea looked lethargic and jaded at the weekend against Brentford, and they don't exactly look full of energy here tonight either.

19 mins:Jimmy Kebe tries to bomb forward down the right with the ball at his feet, but Cole sprints across to clear the danger.

17 mins:Pogrebnyak almost works space for himself on the edge of the box to take on the shot, but he's adjudged to have fouled Ivanovic and the referee blows for a foul.

15 mins:Chelsea are enjoying just under 75% of the possession at the moment, which is a huge majority, but neither goalkeeper has yet been tested.

13 mins:Cole takes a shot from 30 yards out, but the ball is always rising, and clears the bar.

11 mins:Ross Turnbull gets his first touch of the evening and you can see the Reading players crowd around him straightaway waiting for the sort of dodgy touch that we've seen from the Chelsea goalkeeper in recent games.

9 mins:Oscar links up well with Azpilicueta, who tries to pick out Torres. Mikele Leigertwood stands firm for the home side and thumps the ball clear.

7 mins:After a bright start for Reading, it's been all Chelsea, with the Blues midfield looking really lively tonight.

5 mins:Cesar Azpilicueta sees his cross deflected and that's a corner for the Blues, their third in just a couple of minutes. Mata takes it for Chelsea, but the ball bounces off Branislav Ivanovic and out of play.

3 mins:Juan Mata picks out Ryan Bertrand on the edge of the box. Bertrand is left with plenty of time and space to pick out the onrushing Ashley Cole, but his pass is a poor one, and Cole can't quite reach it.

1 mins:Reading win an early free kick and the experienced Ian Harte strides over to take it. His effort has too much power on it, though, and the ball drifts out of play.

The referee for tonight's game Mark Halsey blows his whistle and we're off at the Madejski Stadium.

Chelsea need a reaction tonight after what can only be described as a miserable performance against Brentford in the FA Cup at the weekend. Rafa Benitez starts with Fernando Torres over Demba Ba after his goal against the lower league opponents, as Reading start with the in-form Pavel Pogrebnyak.

  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 30 January 2013, 8:00pm
  • Madejski Stadium
  • Attendance: 24,097
  • Le Fondre, 87
  • Le Fondre, 90+5
  • Mata, 45+1
  • Lampard, 66

match report

Chelsea missed the chance to close the gap on second-placed Manchester City after being held to a 2-2 draw by relegation-threatened Reading at the Madejski Stadium.

The Blues were in firm control of the match with 66 minutes played courtesy of goals from Juan Mata and Frank Lampard.

Mata stuck on the stroke of half-time to open the scoring with Lampard's well-placed header seemingly wrapping up the points.

However, the introduction of Adam Le Fondre changed the game. He pulled one back with three minutes to go before snatching a point with virtually the last kick of the game.

Chelsea were in control in the first half, however, they were unable to convert their domination of possession and territory into clear-cut chances.

They made the breakthrough just before half-time when Fernando Torres dinked a lovely through-ball in for Mata who lashed home a left-footed shot - the first attempt on target in the half.

The Blues carried their dominance into the second half and the game looked dead and buried in the 66th minute when Mata's corner was met by Lampard who finished with aplomb into the top corner.

Reading manager Brian McDermott made changes late on as the Royals attempted to get back into the game, but it seemed more likely Chelsea would add a third rather than concede.

Blues substitute Yossi Benayoun found Brazilian Oscar, but Adam Federici came out quickly to close down the midfielder and make the block.

Out of the blue the Royals pulled one back. Two substitutes combined as Hope Akpan played in super-sub Le Fondre who lashed home a first-time effort past Ross Turnbull.

And their comeback was completed with virtually the last kick of the game as Reading lumped the ball forward from a free-kick. Jimmy Kebe nodded the ball on for Akpan who kept things alive and it fell nicely for Le Fondre to guide the ball home and level the match.

team line-up

1Adam Federici
5Alex Pearce
27Stephen Kelly
23Ian Harte
6Adrian Mariappa
14Jimmy Kébé
4Jem Karacan77
11Jobi McAnuff66
20Danny Guthrie58
8Mikele Leigertwood
7Pavel Pogrebnyak


41Stuart Taylor
19Hal Robson-Kanu
3Nicky Shorey
9Adam Le Fondre66
28Hope Akpan77
12Garath McCleary58
15Sean Morrison


Mark Halsey

team line-up

22Ross Turnbull
28César Azpilicueta
2Branislav Ivanovic
3Ashley Cole
24Gary Cahill
34Ryan Bertrand
10Juan Mata77
8Frank Lampard
9Fernando Torres92


26John Terry
19Paulo Ferreira
29Demba Ba92
30Yossi Benayoun77
40Henrique Hilário
21Marko Marin
57Nathan Aké


Mark Halsey

match stats

possession %3267
shots on target24
shots off target38
tackles won1512