Vital Football

Latest Reading FC News

Royals denied win by Chelsea's late show

Royals denied win by Chelsea's late show

With just a week to go until the start of the new Championship season the Royals had their toughest test so far this pre season in Saturday's friendly against Chelsea.

Brendan Rodgers selected as close as possible to his favoured 11 ahead of the visit of Forest next weekend, but couldn't use the services of Marek Matejovsky who failed a late fitness test. His place was taken by Scott Davies who continued his impressive pre season scoring the second goal of the afternoon with a low free kick to give us a 2-0 lead at the break.

Earlier Jimmy Kebe had scored the opener, after good work from the impressive Hal Robson Kanu, with the Mali winger rounding Petr Cech to finish.

Despite having a two goal lead, it was Chelsea who were the dominant side and that continued in the second half with the Royals struggling to create many chances on goal.

Just as it looked like we might hold on for a respectable win, Saloman Kalou beat Federici when one on one with the Australian keeper.

To Chelsea's credit they kept the pressure on and the unfortunate Alex Pearce headed a stoppage time own goal to give the Blues a draw.

There were many positive's to come out of this game ahead of the new season most notably the performance of captain Alex Pearce. However the lack of fire power is a real worry, Shane Long doesn't like he can lead the line in Rodgers favoured 4-3-3 formation and we urgently need a new striker, and centre back as well for that matter!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Steve Guscott
Date:Saturday August 1 2009
Time: 10:17PM

Comments

0
Thanks for the game and good luck next season
merlin
02/08/2009 09:50:00
0
Yep you guys played real good.Best of luck.And look after Bertrand for us willya :)
blueKnightz09
02/08/2009 10:10:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Reading Articles

Stats: Preston v Reading

All the stats from Preston (1) vs (0) Reading, Deepdale, 19/8/17 Att: 11,174

Team Sheets - Preston v Reading - 19-8-17

Reading are the visitors to Deepdale to face Preston for the latest Championship game.

Stam Expecting Tough Preston Test

Manager Jaap Stam has said he's determined to pick up more points in this weekend's trip to Preston North End but he's expecting it to be a tough clash.

Barrow Looking To Kick On

Having opened his Reading account in the midweek clash against Aston Villa, Mo Barrow has said hopefully it'll be the first goal of many more to come from him at Reading.

Archived Vital Reading Articles

Vital Reading articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Reading
Write For Vital Reading
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Preston MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Mannone0%
Gunter0%
McShane0%
Moore0%
Blackett0%
Kelly0%
Bacuna0%
Barrow0%
Swift0%
Popa0%
Clement0%
Sub - Evans0%
Sub - Mendes0%
Sub - McCleary0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Reading Results (view all)

Vital Football Comment