Chelsea avoid Reading scare
Chelsea's captain Frank Lampard
Two late goals by Chelsea helped them secure a 4-2 victory over Reading at Stamford bridge, despite being dealt a scare in the first half.
As expected the Blues started off the majority of the possession, seeing them create chances through Eden Hazard and Ramires.
And after 17 minutes on the field, the Belgian international did like he did in the opening game against Wigan and won a penalty after Chris Gunter brought him down in the box.
Frank Lampard stood up to take spot kick and he made no error as he managed to slot his powerball past Adam Federici, who guessed the right direction of the ball.
The goal seemed to spur the travelling side into life as they made an impressive comeback eight minutes later. Garath McCleary played a neat one-two with his teammate on the wing, before supplying a lethal cross into the box for Pog to head home on the 25.
However there would be a further twist to the tale as Reading once again found the back of the net, five minutes later. Petr Cech was at fault for this as Danny Guthrie’s curling free-kick hit the diving keeper and bounced into the back of the net- a first half to forget for the shot-stopper.
After the break, Chelsea continued to press in hope of drawing level, with Hazard being their main instigator of attack.
Things weren’t quite working for Roberto Di Matteo’s side as he opted to bring on Oscar in placed of Ramires in the 58th minute.
The match soon became a goalkeeper’s nightmare but this time Federici was to blame as he knocked in Time Cahill’s 30-yard screamer into the back of the net in the 69th minute. The second howler in two games for the Reading man.
Adam le Fondre was added into the mixture in the 70th minute and he immediately threatened at goal but this time Cech made no errors.
The Blues continued to probe at their opposition’s goal and it finally paid off when Fernando Torres converted his chance in the 81st minute. After some great work between Juan Mata and Ashley Cole, the long ball sent into the box was easy pickings for the Spaniard who tapped it in from close range.
Despite the replays showing the goal was offside, it still stood 3-2 in favour of Chelsea.
In the final minutes the Royals tried to pull one back but couldn’t find the breakthrough they needed as Brainslav Ivanovic put the result beyond a doubt as he slotted home a Hazard assist off a corner.