Chelsea went into their EPL tie with Reading after a dire performance against Brentford in the FA Cup saw them add another game to their congested fixture list. As it was, their game against Reading is their 41st of the 2012-13 season so far, and the tiredness is beginning to show.
The Blues dominated possession from the outset but seemed content to pass it amongst themselves for the first 45 minutes, until Juan Mata took matters onto his own feet and scored just before halftime. A lovely through-ball from Fernando Torres released the midfield maestro whose finish was the epitome of calm.
Both sides were failing to create any significant chances, and although things improved after halftime, the visitors always looked more likely to win. They thought they had put the game to bed on 66 minutes when Frank Lampard headed home a brilliantly weighted corner from Mata.
Reading brought on super-sub Adam Le Fondre after just over an hour, and when Mata left the field on 77 minutes, Chelsea lost their incisiveness in attack. They were made to pay when Le Fondre score twice, levelling the score and salvaging a vital point for the relegation candidates.
Here are six things we learned from this 2-2 draw.