Reading pegged Chelsea back to cap a frustrating night for the visitors, with Brian McDermott's side earning a hard-fought 2-2 draw at the Madejski Stadium on Wednesday night.

Two late goals from super sub Adam Le Fondre piled further misery onto Rafael Benitez, as Chelsea's Spanish manager was the subject of further criticism.

After a string of poor performances in recent weeks, Chelsea fans were pleading for a run of good league form.

Yet many fans doubted that Benitez's side would be able to repeat the attacking masterclass that occurred in the reverse fixture earlier in the season, as Chelsea ran out 4-2 winners at Stamford Bridge.

After it was revealed that £50 million flop Fernando Torres was in the starting line-up as opposed to Senegalese sensation Demba Ba, Chelsea fans were fearing the worst.

Reading were confident going into the game after their 4-0 win against Sheffield United in the FA Cup last weekend. With their impressive recent home form, including a 2-1 win against Newcastle United, and the impressive Adam Le Fondre in their ranks, if there was any occasion for Reading to take three points from Chelsea, it was last night.

Chelsea scored first thanks to a well-taken goal by Juan Mata, with the Spaniard connecting with a glorious ball over the top from much-criticised striker Torres, poking the ball past the onrushing Adam Federici in the 45th minute.

The Blues later doubled their lead through Chelsea legend Frank Lampard, with the 34-year-old heading home from Mata's corner in the 65th minute. This gave Lampard his 10th goal this season, helping the England international reach double figures for ten consecutive seasons.

However, the introduction of Le Fondre changed the course of the game, with the former Rotherham striker causing havoc in the Chelsea defence.

Le Fondre brought Reading back from the depths in the 87th minute as he lashed a powerful strike past Chelsea keeper Ross Turnbull.

Then in stoppage time, after a long free-kick upfield from Federici, the ball was eventually met by the head of new signing Hope Akpan, who delivered the ball expertly to the feet of Le Fondre in the middle of the box. Le Fondre then struck a neat volley past Turnbull, snatching a point for Reading against the champions of Europe.

If Reading can continue their good home form, then they will have every chance of preserving their Premier League status.

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