Adam Le Fondre's double spells trouble for Chelsea

Feb 01, 2013, 09:00 IST | AFP

Chelsea blew a 2-0 lead as Reading climbed out of the bottom three after 'supersub' Adam Le Fondre scored two late goals in a 2-2 draw

The Blues, held to a draw by third-tier Brentford in the FA Cup, had to wait until first-half stoppage-time before taking the lead at the Madejski Stadium, with a neat pass from Fernando Torres setting up his fellow Spaniard Juan Mata.

Frank Lampard, repeatedly linked with a move away from Chelsea despite impressing yet again this term, made it 2-0 in the 66th minute when he rose above the Royals’ defence to head in a corner.

Adam Le Fondre. Pic/Getty Images

But Le Fondre increased the pressure on Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez with two well-struck goals in the final three minutes.

Meanwhile a dejected Benitez added: “The atmosphere was not good in the dressing room. It is very difficult to take.”

Rooney saves United
Meanwhile, Wayne Rooney’s double helped Manchester United restore their seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League as they came from behind to beat Southampton 2-1 at Old Trafford.

Southampton took a shock third minute lead but Rooney equalised for United in five minutes. The England striker made it 2-1 in the 27th minute.

Gunners, Reds draw
Arsenal, like Reading, also came from 2-0 behind at home to Liverpool to force a 2-2 draw that did little for the top four ambitions of either club.

Defensive mistakes by the Gunners led to Liverpool goals for Luis Suarez and Jordan Henderson.

But within a few minutes of Henderson’s goal, Arsenal were level courtesy Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott.

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