Reading manager Brian McDermott has praised his team’s ability to get out of trouble after their 2-2 draw against Chelsea.
For the third Premier League match in a row, Reading came from behind to get a result – a run which has earned them seven points including wins over West Bromwich Albion (3-2) and Newcastle United (2-1).
Adam Le Fondre scored twice in the final seven minutes to snatch the draw for Reading, making it four goals off the bench in the past two league fixtures which earned him plenty of praise from McDermott.
“When you’ve got Le Fondre anything can happen,” McDermott said after Wednesday’s game.
“He is a bit special.
“Those two finishes were from the top drawer.”
The draw extends Reading’s unbeaten run to five games across all competitions and sees them move out of the Premier League’s relegation zone on goal difference.
While McDermott admitted ‘it didn’t look good’ late on against Chelsea, he was thrilled with his players willingness to fight right until the end of games.
“They (Chelsea) are the champions of Europe. These are world-class players. If you’re 2-0 down to them with 10 minutes to go you feel you’ve got real problems,” McDermott said.
“Once you get a goal things can change and that’s what happened tonight. I was so proud of our players tonight.
“We have players with massive hearts.
“They give us everything. We’re doing everything we can be to be in this league next season.”
Chelsea had 64 percent possession at Reading’s Madejski Stadium and took 14 shots, including five on target, compared to the home side’s five.
While manager Rafa Benitez claimed he was ‘really pleased’ with Chelsea for 85 minutes, the Spaniard rued his team’s profligacy when they were 2-0 ahead.
“We had chances to kill the game, we didn’t take them and we paid for it,” Benitez said.
“The main thing is we could have scored three or four goals and finished the game.
“We can say that we have to be more clinical.”