Chelsea v Reading as it happened

Chelsea come from behind to beat Reading 4-2 in an entertaining Premier League fixture, while Blackburn beat Hull in the Championship.

22 August 2012 Last updated at 22:27

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  1. 2218: 

    That's all from another entertaining evening in the Premier League - we're back here on Thursday evening for some Europa League action.

    See you there.

  2. 2218: 

    Chelsea fans enjoying the league table won't need reminding that they have not been top of the Premier League since November 2010. They are six points clear of Manchester United at the minute of course...

    Next up for the Champions League winners are Newcastle at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Fans of the Blues will not need reminding that Papiss Cisse scored 'that' goal in the same fixture just a few months back.


    Tom in London on text: "Parking the bus doesn't mean playing terrible football. Stoke v Liverpool two years ago was 0-0 but was a great display of defensive ability. And we played in the Europa League last year.".

    Ollie in Winchester on text: "In defence of James in London, you don't get any points for playing attractive football. The Premier League and English football has suffered because our defending isn't what it used to be, admittedly because refs are too soft today."

  4. 2213: 

    Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo: "It was a very entertaining game for the supporters. We started very well, certainly until they equalised which knocked us back a bit.

    "We kept them under pressure and luckily got the equaliser which galvanised us and we kept going forward. I've not seen the replay [of the Torres goal]. I looked at the linesman straight away and he gave the goal.

    "I'm very happy with the squad. We have a good team and we showed that. I must give compliments to Reading as they worked very hard."

  5. 2212: 

    Here's Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo...


    Adam O'Connor on Twitter: "As a Villa fan we watched defensive bus parking drivel last season thanks to McLeish, give me attacking football anyday."

    Jack Smith on Twitter: "Saints and Royals attacked and nearly undone top class teams, keep doing it and they will cause many upsets this season!"

  7. 2210: 

    Reading will win plenty of games playing like that, I'm sure.

    But it is very tough to pick three teams who might go down this season. It gets harder every year.

  8. 2209: 

    More from Reading manager Brian McDermott: "We felt there was something for us at 2-2 and could have got another goal. I certainly don't feel we deserved to lose the game.

    "What you have to do is move on very quickly. I thought it was a great game. We've come to the European champions and put on a real performance and it shows we deserve to be here.

    "We're trying our best to play the best football we possibly can. I told myself when I took this job we'd try and win games."

  9. 2205: 

    I'm not sure having the linesman look at that third goal will do much good now...

  10. 2204: 

    Reading manager Brian McDermott: "It's just a shame really. I'm disappointed for the players. I'm gutted the linesman made a mistake for the third goal.

    "I've spoken to him, he said he'll look at it. He's a clear yard offside. The linesman will be disappointed with himself I'm sure."


    Keith Rundle on Twitter: "Reading could have parked the bus and still have lost 4-2, at least they had a go at Chelsea!"

    Matt Volpi on Twitter: "As a neutral I want to see daring, attacking play, but if I was a Reading fan I would be distraught at losing due to such tactics."

  12. 2200: 

    FULL-TIME: Morton 0-2 Aberdeen. The Dons go through but they were given a run for their money by plucky Morton. Extra-time goals by Gavin Rae and Scott Vernon carry the visitors through to the quarter-finals.

  13. 2159: 

    Here comes Brian McDermott to speak to BBC Sport. He looks fairly dejected with that result - but what will he make of his side's performance?

  14. 2159: 

    GOAL Morton 0-2 Aberdeen. The Dons are all but through as Scott Vernon converts Gavin Rae's unselfish pass.

  15. 2154: 

    Open and attacking - but potentially lose - or tight and cagey but possibly nick a point? Which would you rather see as a fan?


    Nick in London on text: "Re James in London, 21:44 - Sure, but how about the examples of Swansea and Newcastle last season? What if they'd parked the bus? You win some, you lose some, but I think we should all applaud this new positive football!"

    Jamie, the proud Royal in London on text: "Would the Premier League attract the television revenues it did if 12 of the teams in it parked the bus every week James in London?"

    Gary Lineker, MOTD presenter

    On Twitter: "It's been a brilliant start to the season. Open attacking football played by most. The Premier League at its finest!"

  18. 2150: 

    I make that three more assists for Eden Hazard tonight - to make it five in two games!

    Not a bad start at all from the Belgian.

  19. 2149: 

    GOAL Morton 0-1 Aberdeen. The Dons move into the lead in extra-time as Gavin Rae heads home Jonny Hayes's cross. The visitors are on their way to the quarter-finals.

    David Pleat, BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge

    "A very spirited display from Reading. They've done themselves proud in many ways. It was a patchy performance from Chelsea. The strange thing is that we've seen six goals but not that many goal efforts.

    "I have to say that Fernando Torres looked technically inept at times. He allowed the ball to drift away from him at times. As for his goal, I remember Harry Redknapp's comment about Darren Bent, when he said his wife could have scored that. It was that kind of goal."

  21. 2148: 

    And while we digest that win for Chelsea let's not overlook that win for Blackburn as well. As Robbie Savage said all Steve Kean can do is win games and they've took four points from six now. A very solid start for Rovers.

  22. 2146: 

    It's an old debate Sam, but we haven't heard the last of it. Get the technology in I say. But what do I know?


    Sam Morris in London on text: "I honestly don't know how football survives without retrospective decisions, I mean that Torres goal could be the difference between staying up and relegation for Reading, something that impacts players, managers and fans.

    "How much longer can football hold off the inevitability of video technology with refereeing decisions like that, surely it can't be too much longer?"

    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Blackburn have got a chance this season. Steve Kean has got four points from six now. But the atmosphere was very subdued. Are the fans disappointed that they've won the game because it means Steve Kean is going to stay in charge? All he can do is keep winning games."

  25. 2144: 

    So Manchester City and now Chelsea have both been given a right old scare by two of the newly promoted sides in the opening week of the Premier League season. Two cracking games as well.


    From James in London, via text on 81111: "Being brave or stupid? Blackpool were brave and entertaining and they went down. Should be about survival and the best Reading could have hoped for was a point. Parking the bus would have been the sensible option."

  27. 2140: 

    Unlucky Reading - that was a very impressive performance and the 4-2 scoreline flatters Chelsea to a certain extent. A great breakaway for the final goal but good on Reading for giving it a try.

  28. 2139: 
    FULL-TIME- Blackburn 1-0 Hull
  29. 2139: 
    FULL-TIME- Chelsea 4-2 Reading
  30. 2137: 
    GOAL- Chelsea (Branislav Ivanovic, 90 mins) 4-2 Reading

    Adam Federici has scored a few goals going up for corners in his time but the gamble backfires. Fernando Torres is able to bring the ball clear from the Reading corner and releases Eden Hazard down the right. Hazard runs in on goal and is so composed to find Branislav Ivanovic who had sprinted on to his shoulder and slots into an empty net.

  31. 2136: 

    Federici is out of his goal...

  32. 2136: 

    Ian Harte lines up another free-kick and it goes for a corner. Adam Federici is up there!

    David Pleat, BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge

    "It hasn't been a convincing Chelsea performance. There's plenty of work for Roberto Di Matteo to do.

    "Daniel Sturridge, when he came on, became a key point of attack, and really put pressure on Ian Harte. But Ian Harte is nearly 35."

  34. 2134: 

    Reading have a free-kick in a good area - but Ian Harte hits the first defender. Poor.

  35. 2132: 

    Reading substitute Hal Robson-Kanu earns a yard of space on the left, he stands up a great cross and Jobi McAnuff comes in at the back post but can't get over his header.

    There are five minutes of added time and we are into them now.


    Oli Davis on Twitter: "Have to feel sorry for Reading. With their performance, they don't deserve to lose to an offside goal."

  37. 2130: 

    I'm not sure about a mile - but it did look offside to me. Ian Harte was the last man for Reading and he was clearly behind Fernando Torres when he netted.


    David Cornwell on Twitter: "That Torres goal was a mile offside! Here we go again - more controversial decisions."

  39. 2128: 

    Full-time: Morton 0-0 Aberdeen. It's extra time at Cappielow after Morton and Aberdeen draw a blank. Both sides had their chances in the second half with Gavin Rae forcing a couple of saves from home keeper Derek Gaston. Morton have been dangerous on the break and it could be a tense half-hour ahead.

  40. 2127: 

    Very good point from David Pleat. I can't think of many sides who would have put on an extra striker at 2-2.

    David Pleat, BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge

    "Reading have conceded, but hats off to Brian McDermott - he's been brave. When it went to 2-2, rather than parking the bus, he made changes, bringing on Noel Hunt and Adam Le Fondre up front. It opened up the game and it's given Chelsea a foothold."

  42. 2126: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Raul Meireles on for Juan Mata

    The final change for Chelsea as Juan Mata comes off. He played a key part in that goal but has looked tired.


    From Ray in Leeds, via text on 81111: "Listening to the Morton match on the radio, sounds like we just might steal it! Glad to see Wee Fred back.... Mon the Ton!"

  44. 2125: 

    Fernando Torres's first reaction was to look straight at the linesman there. A guilty look.

  45. 2123: 
    GOAL- Chelsea (Fernando Torres, 81 mins) 3-2 Reading

    Erm, I told you he's been quiet - Fernando Torres puts Chelsea ahead. Controversy though as he looked offside to me. It's a great move as Torres finds Juan Mata who pings it out to Ashley Cole on the left of the area. Cole unselfishly squares the ball for Torres to tap it in but he was ahead of the last Reading defender.


    From Francis in London, via text on 81111: "No need for Reading to buy another keeper, we've got arguably the best young goalkeeper in the country on the bench!"

    Alex McCarthy I presume?


    Carlito Hodge on Twitter: "Federici won us loads of points last season, he will come good. If anyone will keep us up, it's him."

  48. 2121: 

    Chelsea are knocking on the door now, the ball finds its way through to Juan Mata who shoots from the penalty spot but it is agonisingly wide of the far corner. Fernando Torres has been quiet in the last 20 minutes or so.

    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Shocking defending by Hull. Blackburn have had a bit of luck there, but a good finish from Colin Kazim-Richards. It just shows how unpredictable this league is, because Hull were in the ascendancy and defending very well."


    From Simon in Molesey, via text on 81111: "Its absurd that people are discussing signings of the season. We are 1.5 games in and one performance does not make a season.

    "Those who consistently produce the goods through the dark, wet, cold winter months against the Stokes and Wigans will mark themselves above all others. Only then can we judge 'signings of the season'."

  51. 2119: 
    GOAL- Blackburn (Colin Kazim-Richards, 77 mins) 1-0 Hull

    Turkish international Colin Kazim-Richards bags his second goal in as many games to put Blackburn ahead.

  52. 2118: 

    The Royals have suddenly found their second wind, with Adam Le Fondre posing a threat on the break.

  53. 2117: 

    Reading break well through skipper Jobi McAnuff but John Terry gets across to block him out.


    Tokunbo on Twitter: "Federici is terrible. Another mistake. Reading should buy another goalkeeper as all the hard work is going down the drain!"

  55. 2115: 

    Daniel Sturridge is in the thick of it here, he cuts in on to his left foot and bends in a lovely-looking strike which has Adam Federici concerned but the ball ends up in the stands. Can Chelsea win this?

    David Pleat, BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge

    "Gary Cahill tried to show his forwards the way and had a pop. It was a vicious hit and it swerved past Federici, who really should have done better. It almost went under his body."

  57. 2113: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Adam Le Fondre on for Jem Karacan

    Maybe Reading don't want to settle for a point - striker Adam Le Fondre comes on in a bold move.

  58. 2113: 

    Juan Mata shoots wide as Chelsea look for a winner now.

  59. 2111: 
    GOAL- Chelsea (Gary Cahill, 69 mins) 2-2 Reading

    It's another poor piece of goalkeeping I'm afraid. Adam Federici let a soft one in against Stoke at the weekend and he should do better here as well. Gary Cahill thumps in a shot from 30 yards, he got behind it and the ball was swerving but Federici can only help it into the corner.

  60. 2110: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Daniel Sturridge on for John Obi Mikel

    At last another striker on for Chelsea.

  61. 2108: 

    Chelsea's first real chance of the half. Eden Hazard is the catalyst again as he bursts away from his man beautifully before working the ball out wide.

    Branislav Ivanovic fizzes the cross in, it squirms out to Hazard on the edge of the box but his shot is well blocked. Chelsea are turning it up a notch.

  62. 2107: 

    Yes, Conor. Yes we have.

    Five years is an eternity in Premier League terms.


    Conor O'Boyle on Twitter: "Re 2054: Has everyone forgotten that in 2006-7, Reading came into the Premier League all guns blazing, and finished eighth?"

  64. 2107: 
    YELLOW CARD- Pavel Pogrebnyak

    The Russian is booked for a clumsy foul on Ashley Cole. He looks severely worn out.


    Matthew Thorley on Twitter: "Steve Kean should just do the right thing and quit. It's a miracle he's lasted this long at Blackburn. Problem is: who would want the job anyway?"

  66. 2104: 

    Oscar is operating in the 'number 10' position and has his first sight of goal. It's a good pass from Frank Lampard to pick him out and the Brazilian has no hesitation in letting off the shot but it is right at Adam Federici.

    David Pleat, BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge

    "Chelsea haven't had enough purpose in the final third so far. They haven't had enough efforts on goal. They have been quite passive."

  68. 2103: 

    It's still goalless between Blackburn and Hull by the way.


    From Babs in Stockport, via text on 81111: "Looks like the Royals will be dominating the news tonight. At least these ones kept their clothes on!"

  70. 2101: 

    Reading are sitting back but that owes much to the attacking threat posed by Chelsea at the moment. John Terry is dumped to the floor by Alex Pearce but the former England captain is back on his feet.


    Andrew Roxbury on Twitter: "There's no doubt about it that Reading are going to sit back and defend this entire half. And who can blame them?"

  72. 2100: 
    YELLOW CARD- Jem Karacan

    The first signs of a loss of composure maybe for Reading as Jem Karacan goes in late on Juan Mata. Oscar, Mata and Hazard are all floating about off Fernando Torres now.

    David Pleat, BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge

    "Chelsea are certainly a little disjointed. I'm sure Roberto Di Matteo tried to motivate them at half time, but it hasn't brought an improvement. Reading are really ferreting around and the midfield five are sweating buckets."

  74. 2059: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Oscar on for Ramires

    One Brazilian replaces another and it's a home debut for Oscar.

  75. 2058: 

    Chelsea piling on the pressure here as Reading just about get a corner away. Roberto Di Matteo has had enough and is readying a change.


    From Dan, on a train from Scotland, via text on 81111: "Mark Godfrey's got nothing on Billy from Ashford... Win the Champions League and FA Cup, but lose a first half and it's out the door with you, RDM. Knee-jerk!"

    From James in South Wales, via text on 81111: "Re Billy at 20.45. You have got to be joking. The end of Di Matteo after he brought Champions League and FA Cup success in a few weeks? That is one of the most absurd sentences I have ever read."

  77. 2057: 

    Chelsea are looking for a way through but Reading are still pressing them high up the pitch and making life difficult.

    Worryingly for Chelsea fans, since the start of the 2009-10 season, the Blues have won just three of the 25 Premier League games that they have conceded more than two goals in. A win looks a long way away at the moment.


    From Sean in Watford, via text on 81111: "I'm not a Blackburn fan but it's easy to criticise from an armchair. Steve Kean got them relegated with a good squad - no way he should be in the job."

  79. 2054: 

    It may have been started by Blackpool a few years ago, but we have seen the likes of Swansea, Norwich, Southampton and now Reading all come into the Premier League with no fear of attacking the big teams. It's great to see. Chelsea are putting the pressure on now though.

  80. 2053: 

    But here come Reading. Jobi McAnuff beats his man on the left and whips in a dangerous cross, it's half cleared to Danny Guthrie whose shot is blocked this time. There is no panic in Reading's play, they are very composed when they do get it.


    Ted Hall on Twitter: "Forest made a very big mistake not giving Garath McCleary a new contract sooner! Another Grant Holt perhaps?"

    Nick Bell on Twitter: "As a Forest fan, I'll confirm that McCleary spent half his time frustrating me. Like James Perch going to Newcastle, surprised he was signed into the Premier League."

  82. 2051: 

    Chelsea move the ball neatly to find Eden Hazard on the left this time, he runs at Chris Gunter who wisely doesn't dive in this time, he stands off the Belgian who can't deliver a telling cross. Chelsea have started strongly.


    Charlotte Mitchell on Twitter: "Come on Chelsea, step up! Started well; what happened? Like Wigan all over again, except without the comfortable lead."

  84. 2049: 

    Reading are now attacking the end behind which are housed several thousand of their travelling supporters. This could be a famous night for them.

    Chelsea put together a decent attack though and Branislav Ivanovic blazes over the bar.

  85. 2047: 
    KICK-OFF- Chelsea 1-2 Reading

    The second half is under way. Can Chelsea respond?


    Dave Brown on Twitter: "Giving Steve Kean endless amounts of grief didn't help the side last season. It won't this. Blackburn fans need to learn. Get behind them."

  87. 2045: 

    Interestingly, Garath McCleary was playing for Slough a few years ago - and that is where Brian McDermott cut his managerial teeth as well.

    It's not just the home of Wernham Hogg you know.


    From Billy in Ashtead, via text on 81111: "Is it the end of Di Matteo if it stays like this? Harry and Pep are out of a job!"


    Sarah Morgan on Twitter: "Impressed with my dad's team Hull. To quote Paul Young, hope they come back and stay for good this time in the Premier League!"

  90. 2042: 

    I think we are entering knee-jerk territory here. Garath McCleary is 25, he's not a teenager. And we are only a game-and-a-half into the Premier League season.

    Let's see how he's getting on at Christmas. But there is no doubt he's been a real threat.


    Mark Godfrey on Twitter: "Best thing England can do is not mess around and get McCleary involved ASAP. Blood the talent."

  92. 2040: 

    Steve Kean gets some serious grief. You have to feel for him a bit don't you? Or do you?


    Benjyman on Twitter: "Boos and 'Kean Out' chants at half-time at Ewood. Rovers look terrible. Kean showing he isn't even a Championship calibre manager."

  94. 2039: 

    Still no goals as the second half gets under way at Cappielow. Aberdeen had the best chance of the first half but Morton have held their own so far. At this rate, the match is heading for extra time.

  95. 2038: 

    That Danny Guthrie goal gets no better on repeat viewing. Petr Cech basically went to ground too early, so he was on the floor by the time the ball bounced in front of him and then couldn't adjust. A shocker.

    David Pleat, BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge

    "Chelsea have been very intricate but not very punchy. Their problem is that when they lose the ball, there's space for Reading on the left-hand side. Chelsea don't get their shape back quickly enough when they lose possession."


    Former Hull manager Phil Brown on BBC Radio 5 live at Ewood Park: "Hull look very well organised, like a typical away side. Blackburn are the more open, expansive team. But if Hull can break more quickly when they get the ball, they could cause Blackburn problems in the second half."

  98. 2035: 
    HALF-TIME- Blackburn 0-0 Hull
  99. 2034: 

    Now then. Roberto Di Matteo will not be a happy man at all. What can he muster in his team talk?


    Thomas Knights on Twitter: "McCleary giving Cole a very tough time. Massively impressive first half from Reading."

  101. 2032: 
    HALF-TIME- Chelsea 1-2 Reading

    Mandeep Sanghera reports: "Chelsea looked so good as they eased into the lead but talk about a turnaround. Reading have rattled and rocked the European champions. Goals from Pavel Pogrebnyak and Danny Guthrie have the Royals ahead and now the question is whether Chelsea can respond."

  102. 2031: 

    Eden Hazard again, this time he drops in a cross from the right which is perfectly-weighted, Fernando Torres gets in between two defenders but can't quite arc his header back across goal enough and it goes wide.


    Jared Stone on Twitter: "Garath McCleary is someone to watch this season. The guy has some talent. Used to be very raw, now looking more like the finished article."

    David Pleat, BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge

    "Reading have played on the front foot. They're moving the ball around well and Chelsea are looking jittery."

  105. 2028: 

    Oohh and they do come so close to a third!

    Ian Harte whips in a fine free-kick from deep, Alex Pearce loses his marker and would surely score if he makes contact - but he can't quite reach the ball as it drifts just wide of the post.

  106. 2027: 

    This is really strong stuff from Reading. They have seven players in the attacking third here, with Chelsea looking ragged. Not many teams come to Stamford Bridge and attack like this. Can they get a third?


    From Kevin in Lancs, via text on 81111: "Re Gavin in Luton: I agree Terry is past his best, his fitness problems are catching him up, but Cech was just voted into the top 10 players in last year's Champions League."

  108. 2026: 

    Garath McCleary is the stand-out threat for Reading and he puts in another brilliant cross from the right which forces John Terry into an awkward header over his own crossbar.


    Joe Blackmore on Twitter: "Reading, Fulham, Swansea and West Brom occupy the Champions League spots as it stands. I'll eat my hat if it's the same by May."

    Mark Jackson on Twitter: "Quick! Take a print screen of the league table Reading fans!"

  110. 2026: 

    John Obi Mikel embarks on a run down the wing - honestly - and then picks out Eden Hazard 30 yards from goal.

    The Belgian fires in an instant shot which has Adam Federici worried but eventually flies a few yards over the top. Hazard is the stand-out threat for Chelsea.

    David Pleat, BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge

    "Jobi McAnuff looks very sprightly. If Reading can get the ball to him, it could spell trouble for Chelsea.

    "Eden Hazard is a very clever player for Chelsea; he invites the challenge and then nicks the ball past his man. But Fernando Torres is looking a little out of touch as the play goes on around him."

  112. 2022: 

    Reading are pushing really high up the pitch now, their confidence is up, and they force Ashley Cole into kicking at out for a throw. Chelsea's early swagger has all but gone.

  113. 2021: 

    No doubt about it, that was a howler from Petr Cech. Reading are top of the Premier League as it stands...


    From Gavin in Luton, via text on 81111: "Going to throw it out there. The reasons Chelsea can't win the league: Cech and Terry."


    Paul Thompson on Twitter: "Are Reading the new Blackpool? Crazy stuff! Chelsea look completely shell-shocked!"

  116. 2019: 

    Juan Mata's free-kick is a good one but John Terry can't keep the ball down and heads way over the top.

  117. 2019: 

    Eden Hazard has won another foul here in a dangerous area...

    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 live

    "I thought that Petr Cech was poor at the Euros. He made a few mistakes coming for crosses. It looks like he's carried on from there."

  119. 2018: 

    Chelsea give it away cheaply in midfield and Jobi McAnuff has a chance but his shot is well blocked.

    Chelsea then pour forward and Fernando Torres is almost in but he is well snuffed out. Those of you who text in predicting a lot of goals may well be on the money tonight.

  120. 2017: 

    Roberto Di Matteo never strikes me as the most emotional of characters, but he is fuming here. He is stood with arms crossed on the touchline as he tells a few subs to start warming up.

    David Pleat, BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge

    "Petr Cech will hold his hand up there. But it was a storming run from Jobi McAnuff to win the free kick before John Terry upended him, and Reading have got their reward."

  122. 2015: 

    Reading ahead at the half-hour mark then. Who saw this coming?

  123. 2014: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 1-2 Reading (Danny Guthrie, 29 mins)

    Oh dear Petr Cech. He has had a shocker!

    After that foul on Jobi McAnuff, Danny Guthrie steps up to take the free-kick from 25 yards out. He hits it over the wall but it's a routine save for Cech - it should be anyway but Cech somehow manages to fumble the ball into the net. Soft.

  124. 2012: 
    YELLOW CARD- John Terry

    More fine wing play from Reading, this time it's skipper Jobi McAnuff who beats two men before he is chopped down by John Terry. Booking.

    David Pleat, BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge

    "Absolutely splendid finish by the tall Russian. He got in front of the defender, and Petr Cech had no chance."

  126. 2011: 

    That was a belter of a header. Not quite in the Andy Carroll v Sweden league, but not far behind. Chelsea look stunned.

  127. 2009: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 1-1 Reading (Pavel Pogrebnyak, 25 mins)

    Oh what a header! A goal out of nothing for Reading as Garath McCleary puts in a delicious cross from the right and Pavel Pogrebnyak gets across Gary Cahill to thump a bullet header over Petr Cech and into the net. Brilliant finish.

  128. 2008: 

    Eden Hazard did go down easily yes - but it was a foul. He is a tricky customer.


    Matthew Richardson on Twitter: "I know there was contact. But seriously, an asthmatic ant could blow over Hazard."

  130. 2007: 

    Chelsea are defending a corner, and 15 seconds later almost score a second.

    Petr Cech comes and claims the corner before launching a ball down the left to Juan Mata. He stands up a cross to the back stick where Eden Hazard is free, he tries to pick out Fernando Torres in the middle but can't quite control his pass.

    David Pleat, BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge

    "The goal has been coming. It's very difficult for Reading. Hazard is coming in off the touchline and Mata is dribbling very cleverly. Chelsea's lead is deserved."

  132. 2004: 

    Only Alan Shearer has scored more penalties than Frank Lampard in the Premier League - and he may get a few more this season if Eden Hazard continues like this. Defenders just can't deal with him once he runs into that area.

  133. 2003: 
    GOAL- Chelsea (Frank Lampard, 18 mins) 1-0 Reading

    A carbon copy of his penalty at Wigan as Frank Lampard steps up and smashes the ball under the body of goalkeeper Adam Federici.

  134. 2002: 

    That man Eden Hazard wins a penalty again, twisting past Chris Gunter and winning the foul. Very similar to the penalty he won at Wigan at the weekend. He went down a bit easily there but there were no protests from the Reading players.


    From Marty in Northern Ireland, via text on 81111: "Revise for exam tomorrow or watch Chelsea? Hmm... Chelsea win hands down."

    Exams in August?

  136. 2000: 

    This is a test of patience for Chelsea. They are controlling all of the ball but Reading are a disciplined opponent.


    From Matt in Clacton, via text on 81111: "To Dan in Bath. Reality check for Chelsea fans?! We are the champions of Europe, my friend. Being 20 points off the top was due to our excursions in Europe!"

    David Pleat, BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge

    "It's a very flexible midfield for Chelsea. They're completely dominating the ball. Danny Guthrie is trying to nail Eden Hazard, but Chelsea are keeping the ball well.

    "They're giving the full-backs plenty of opportunities to get forward, safe in the knowledge that the ball will not be lost."

  139. 1957: 

    Lovely stuff from Fernando Torres.

    He drifts into a pocket of space on the corner of the penalty area, nutmegs Jem Karacan but just drags his shot across the face of goal. The Spaniard looks lively.

  140. 1956: 

    Reading midfielder Danny Guthrie looks to be the man tasked to get close to Pavel Pogrebnyak whenever possible. The former Newcastle man has been crowded out every time the ball has come his way so far but it's important that they do possess some attacking threat.


    From Dave Bowerman in Folkestone, via text on 81111: "I fondly remember Tottenham's 6-4 win over Reading back in 2007 - and the match tonight could have lots of goals too. Here's hoping the Royals are on the winning side this time."

  142. 1955: 

    I think Jem Karacan is attempting a man-marking job on Eden Hazard - he's certainly been in his shadow for most of the early stages.

    That will be a very, very tiring day's work.

  143. 1953: 

    Eden Hazard has looked very sharp so far. He is always on the move.


    Tom Lowe on Twitter: "Eden Hazard is probably the best summer signing so far. The way he controls play... he's the conductor of Chelsea's orchestra."


    From Johnny, on a flight back from Barcelona, via text on 81111: "Season-ticket holder, buzzing for the game... but stuck boarding a flight back to London from holiday. Torture. Got live text to keep me occupied until take-off, but these two hours willl be very anxious without any updates. Fancy a comfortable win here, Torres to score."

  146. 1951: 

    Oh what a chance for Chelsea!

    They break at real pace, with Branislav Ivanovic releasing Ramires down the right. The Brazilian streaks clear - but Fernando Torres is in oceans of space in the middle and doesn't get the pass.

    Ramires had to pass that. It was a tap-in for Torres.

  147. 1949: 

    It's all Chelsea who look very slick early doors. Juan Mata and Eden Hazard link up across the edge of the box and that man Frank Lampard is bursting into the box.

    The pass to Lampard is just overhit though and he can't get on the end of it.


    Matt Holford on Twitter: "Reading are going to give everything to try to build on their weekend draw - but Chelsea will eventually outclass them."

    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 live

    "I had a chat with Steve Bruce before kick-off. He feels he's got a good team at Hull, and he's been very impressed with Sone Aluko, the new signing from Rangers.

    "Hull's a good job for Steve. I'm expecting a good game at Ewood Park tonight, but I fancy Blackburn."

  150. 1946: 

    Chelsea popping it about with confidence, and here's the first glimpse of Eden Hazard. He is played in down the left and shoots early, but drags it wide.

  151. 1945: 
    KICK-OFF- Chelsea v Reading

    We are away at Stamford Bridge.

  152. 1942: 

    Good grief Theroy. Good grief...

    The players are out on the pitch. Reading are playing in all yellow.


    From Theroy in Canterbury, via text on 81111: "Reading have got a good Harte, and I'm very Le Fondre of Brian McDermott so I hope they stay up.

    "But I fear Reading will have had McAnuff of Chelsea by tonight. It's only a Mata of time before it becomes Hazard-ous for them."

  154. 1939: 

    The groundstaff are doing their last-minute forking on what looks an exemplary surface at the Bridge - we are minutes away from kick-off.


    From Guy, via text on 81111: "Can't go to the Bridge tonight. Greek hotel is not showing the game. Arrgh. Expect a great atmosphere and a Torres hat-trick."


    From Dan in Bath, via text on 81111: "Reality check Chelsea fans: Your team finished 20-plus points off the top last season. You bought well over the summer, but still lots to do."

  157. 1937: 

    Is that the first 'Le Fondre for England' call?


    Umeh Chidozie on Twitter: "It would have been more interesting to see Ramires in the middle instead of outside - but all the same, Chelsea to win easily."


    From Steve in Rotherham, via text on 81111: "Shout out to former Miller Adam Le Fondre. Great to see him in the Premier League. Hopefully he will get an England call-up."

  160. 1937: 

    Reading's new owner Anton Zingarevich takes a stroll over to say hello to the travelling faithful along with Sir John Madejski - who is still chairman of the Royals.

    It won't be often that Zingarevich is only the second wealthiest Russian in a room but he will be tonight if Mr Abramovich is in the house.

  161. 1933: 

    One of Chelsea's new boys - Oscar - is introduced to the Stamford Bridge crowd, and here comes Marko Marin.

    Marin sporting a cracking checked shirt there, very early 90s. The German is out injured at the minute but is yet another attacking option at Roberto Di Matteo's disposal.

    The one thing they do seem to be lacking is out-and-out strikers. Time for one more addition?


    From Rob in Northwich, via text on 81111: "This one's got goals, goals, goals written all over it. 5-2 to Chelsea!"

    From Alex, via text on 81111: "With all the talk about the new Chelsea signings, let's not forget the players who actually won the Champions League! Ramires to be an influential character judging from his progress last season. Also what do you reckon to Cahill this season?"

  163. 1930: 

    I have to confess, I'm a massive fan of Brian McDermott. He has done a great job at Reading and will not get too flustered even if they are on the end of a hiding tonight.

    He once told me that Gylfi Sigurdsson would end up playing for Real Madrid. I laughed in his face - but it's not so funny now...

  164. 1926: 

    In Greenock, Morton host Aberdeen in the first Scottish Communities League Cup second-round tie, the rest of which take place next week. The Dons have a recent history of cup exits at the hands of lower league opposition and Craig Brown's side will be keen to avoid a repeat of last season's League Cup defeat on penalties by East Fife. Both sides have had a fairly solid start to the season and their meeting at Cappielow has to be decided tonight, meaning there could be extra-time and penalties.


    OJ Riley on Twitter: "Chelsea to score a few but Reading will stay up. McDermott is a class act, and these aren't the games where relegation is decided."

    Brandon Cunningham on Twitter: "Garath McCleary to score. Reading sit back, 1-0 Royals."


    From James at work in Weymouth, via text on 81111: "Eagerly awaiting seeing Chelsea play tonight! Think it really could be their season! Torres to score first!"

  167. 1925: 

    So what can Chelsea do this season then? A top-four finish?

    I have to keep reminding myself that they actually won that Champions League final in the end. It all seems so long ago...


    Ridhwaan Abdul Aziz on Twitter: "Fond memories of Torres' first hat-trick for Liverpool against Reading in the League Cup. What a player he was back then."

  169. 1923: 

    This is a big night for Ian Harte as well.

    The former Leeds man is 35 in a few days' time and must have thought he was winding down his long and varied career when he was in League One with Carlisle just a year or so ago.

    Now he is back on the biggest stage of them all and will be up against the lightning-quick Ramires down that flank. Could be interesting.

  170. 1921: 
    LINE-UPS- Chelsea v Reading (19:45 BST)

    Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Cole, Mikel, Lampard, Ramires, Eden Hazard, Mata, Torres. Subs: Turnbull, Essien, Romeu, Oscar, Meireles, Sturridge, Bertrand.

    Reading: Federici, Gunter, Pearce, Gorkss, Harte, Karacan, McAnuff, Leigertwood, Guthrie, McCleary, Pogrebnyak. Subs: McCarthy, Mariappa, Le Fondre, Hunt, Tabb, Robson-Kanu, Cummings.

    Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)


    Daniel in bed in Formby: "Feeling sick and sorry for myself, so I'm staying in to watch the game tonight. Cough syrup and paracetamol aside, only a Torres goal would lift my spirits."

    I hate to make you feel any worse Dan, but this game is not on the box tonight. You'll have to keep reading instead...

    David Pleat, BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge

    "Eden Hazard is an interesting player. We all like to see a bit of creativity, and if anyone can produce the chances for Fernando Torres, it's him.

    "I'm looking forward to seing him play tonight, and there's also a little magician on the bench in Oscar. Daniel Sturridge might have expected to be a regular in the starting line-up by now, but there's going to be a lot of challenging for places at Chelsea this season."

  173. 1917: 

    It looks like Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak could be in for a long evening as he leads the line on his own for Reading.

    Garath McCleary could be one to watch though - the former Nottingham Forest man made a real difference when he came on against Stoke at the weekend, ultimately winning the last-minute penalty which gave them a point.

  174. 1914: 

    So just why are Chelsea and Reading playing an extra Premier League game tonight? A good question.

    Chelsea are in European action next Friday night when they take on Atletico Madrid in the Uefa Super Cup in Monaco so they are squeezing this game in.

  175. 1914: 
    LINE-UPS- Blackburn v Hull (19:45 BST)

    Blackburn: Robinson, Orr, Dann, Givet, Lowe, Murphy, Etuhu, Nunes, Dunn, Marcus Olsson, Kazim-Richards. Subs: Kean, Pedersen, Jorge, Junior, Nuno Gomes, Grant Hanley, Ribeiro.

    Hull: Amos, Chester, Bruce, Faye, Rosenior, McKenna, Koren, Evans, Dudgeon, Aluko, Proschwitz. Subs: Oxley, Stewart, Mclean, Simpson, Cairney, McShane, Olofinjana.

    Referee: Tony Bates (Staffordshire)

  176. 1911: 
    Chelsea v Reading (19:45 BST)

    Mandeep Sanghera reports: "Chelsea fans will have the Stamford Bridge welcome mat out for their side in the London club's first home game since winning the Champions League in May. Not to worry Reading fans, but the last time the Blues lost at home to a promoted club in the Premier League was 33 matches ago way back in April 2001.

    "Chelsea have also won their opening home match of the season for the past nine campaigns. Reading, though, have scored in 19 of their last 20 matches and will be hoping to spoil the Blues' party."

  177. 1911: 

    In tonight's other action, Steve Kean could be in for a volatile evening as Blackburn face Hull at Ewood Park, while there are a handful of Champions League qualifiers going on acoss the continent.

    There are no British sides involved tonight, with the likes AEL Limassol and BATE Borisov trying to find a way into the elite competition.


    Lisa - nearly in Fulham - on text via 81111: "On way to Stamford Bridge - three points for first home game of the season a must! Was beginning to think today would never come - the chance to sing those three magic words at home: "Champions of Europe!"

  179. 1906: 
    Chelsea v Reading (19:45 BST)

    Chelsea make two changes from the win over Wigan on Sunday. Central defender David Luiz revealed on Twitter that he is out with a knee injury and Gary Cahill is his replacement. Midfielder Ramires is also back with Ryan Bertrand making way.

    Reading also make a couple of tweaks from the 1-1 draw with Stoke on Saturday. Midfielders Jem Karacan and Garath McCleary come into the side for Hal Robson-Kanu and striker Adam Le Fondre.

  180. 1904: 

    So what are we all expecting tonight? How will Chelsea cope without Didier Drogba in the long term? Are they still a striker short? What will Eden Hazard's best position be? Reading fans - are you going to stay up?

    Let me know your thoughts on all the above and more. You can text in on 81111, or Tweet us using the hashtag #bbcfootball.

    Nice one.

  181. 1903: 

    The Royals began life back in the top flight with a 1-1 draw at home to Stoke on the weekend and now face a huge task.

    Roberto Di Matteo's Chelsea were impressive on their way to a 2-0 win at Wigan and may just possess the signing of the summer in Eden Hazard. Will he run riot tonight? Or will Ian Harte and co keep him under wraps?

  182. 1900: 

    This time last year, Brian McDermott took his Reading players for a midweek jaunt into London. They were beaten by League One side Charlton in the League Cup.

    They only won three of their first 10 games in all competitions and were in 16th place in the Championship on 1 November.

    Tonight they take another trip into town but in very different circumstances. Tonight they take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League.

    It's been quite a year...

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