Reading left disappointed by offside Chelsea goal

Reading manager Brian McDermott has spoken of his disappointment at seeing his side fall behind against Chelsea to a goal scored from an offside position by Fernando Torres, the BBC has reported.

Torres’ goal made the score 3-2 to the Champions League winners but McDermott believes the strike should never have been allowed to stand. But the assistant referee did not raise his flag and Chelsea went on to win the match 4-2 when Branislav Ivanovic added another late on.

Reading fell behind to a Frank Lampard penalty but soon rallied to take the lead. Pavel Pogrebnyak headed the Royals level before a Petr Cech error gifted a goal to Danny Guthrie. Gary Cahill later restored parity for Roberto Di Matteo’s side after a fumble by Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici.

After Torres’ goal Reading pushed for another equaliser but were caught on the counter-attack having sent everybody – including Federici – forward. Ivanovic capitalised for his second goal in as many games.

McDermott said: “It’s just a shame really. I’m disappointed for the players. I’m gutted the linesman made a mistake. [Torres is] a clear yard offside. The linesman will be disappointed with himself, I’m sure.

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