Chelsea 4 Reading 2: Di Matteo pleased with overall performance
Chelsea 4 Reading 2: Roberto Di Matteo praises his side's resilience after the Blues fight back to deny Royals a shock victory
Roberto Di Matteo hailed his side’s perseverance after Chelsea fought back from behind to beat Reading at Stamford Bridge.
Frank Lampard had put the Londoners ahead from the penalty spot but the Royals silenced the home crowd when Pavel Pogrebnyak nodded home and Danny Guthrie’s free-kick was fumbled into the net by Petr Cech.
Brian McDermott’s men took their shock lead into the break, but Gary Cahill pulled the hosts back level in the 69th minute, before Fernando Torres netted his first Premier League game of the season – although the striker appeared to be offside.
Branislav Ivanovic then added gloss to the scoreline with his second goal in as many games as Chelsea moved top of the Premier League for the first time since November 2010.
“I think we are very pleased with six points after two games,” said Di Matteo. “I was very happy with the team performance for long periods of the game.
“We lost our flow after Reading scored their equaliser and second goal, but apart from that, very good, and we finished very strongly again.
“Keeping in mind that we’ve played a game more than other teams, for us it’s good we’ve won our two opening games.
“Wigan away and this game against a promoted team was a tough game, as you could see tonight, and credit to Reading.
“The way we started the game was very enjoyable. Our crowd went a bit quiet when Reading equalised but again at the end they pushed us on and showed how good they are.
“I don’t know if we will stay at the top but we are taking it game by game and will enjoy tonight’s victory. Then tomorrow morning we will think about the next game.”
Reading boss McDermott could not hide his disappointment at the result after the final whistle.
“We didn’t deserve to lose the game,” he said. “I’m gutted, the linesman has got the decision wrong for the third goal.
“My gut feeling was it was offside at the time, and it was clearly offside which is disappointing. It’s unfortunate.”