Royals boss Brian McDermott was immensely proud of his team after they pushed European Champions Chelsea all the way on an incredible night at Stamford Bridge.
Reading led for 40 minutes and gave Roberto Di Matteo's men a real fright until the home side went 3-2 up with a clearly offside goal from £50million man Fernando Torres. Had Reading held on to their 2-1 lead, it could possibly have been the greatest single result in their history - but it wasn't to be in the end.
Brian told the press after the game, "We didn't deserve to lose. We're disappointed with the result and I'm gutted for the players because I didn't just think we were going to draw, I thought we were going to win. It's a shame.
"The linesman will be disappointed with the third goal, from where I was I knew he was offside and when you see it back it was clear. He said he'd look back on it but it's gone now. He's had a poor night and because of that we've had a disappointing result. That's life."
It was a positive performance on the biggest possible stage, and the scoreline could have been even better had Alex Pearce taken a great chance at 2-1. Brian continued, "We probably dropped a little bit deep after half time but I thought we got through it and weathered that. We had scored a fantastic goal through Pavel and maybe could have had another from Ian Harte's free kick, Pearcey could have got on the end of it. If you go in 3-1 it's a real plus. But our fans will go home with real belief and will be very proud."
The boss continued his positive mantra by bringing on Adam Le Fondre, Noel Hunt and Hal Robson-Kanu late on, saying "Even at 2-2 I thought we were right in the game, it wasn't a case of chasing it. I always said when I got this job I would try to win games. If you do that, sometimes it comes for you and we've won a lot of games with that philosophy, I'll stick to that."
will be less than pleased with Gary Cahill's equaliser, and the boss stood firmly behind his number one. "For the second goal it has moved, I'm not concerned about it at all. He has a fantastic mentality, and for all of us, when a result has happened you box it off because you can't affect it. It was one of those things, he had a shot, it moved and it went in. That's life, nothing you can do about that now."
The display certainly showed the Barclays Premier League that Reading are a force to be reckoned with, and Brian said, "I want to be working at this level, I am comfortable here and know the players are. When you're playing against players who have been bought for a lot of money, we've put on a fantastic performance. But the bottom line is you want to get results."
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