Stoke’s unbeaten home record in the Premier League this season came to an abrupt end yesterday, as Chelsea defeated the Potters 4-0 at the Britannia Stadium.
The Blues took the lead in first half injury-time, as Stoke midfielder Jonathan Walter headed past his own keeper from a Cesar Azpilicueta cross.
It got even worse for the Ireland international in the 62nd minute, as he flicked past his own keeper Asmir Begovic from a Juan Mata corner.
The visitors made it three in the 65th minute. Juan Mata was brought down in the penalty area by a combination of Ryan Shawcross and Robert Huth.
Veteran midfielder Frank Lampard stepped up from the spot and made no mistake. The Blues made it four in the 73rd minute, midfielder Eden Hazard scoring from 30 yards with a fantastic effort. Stoke won a late penalty, only for Walters nightmare day to be continue as he hit the bar with the resulting spot kick.
The victory moved Chelsea up to third in the Premier League and four points behind second place Manchester City.
Elsewhere, Reading came back from two goals down to beat West Brom 3-2 at the Madejski Stadium in dramatic fashion. Striker Romelu Lukaku gave the Baggies the lead on 19 minutes from six yards out. The visitors doubled their lead in the 69th minute, Romelu Lukaku beating Adam Federici at his near post for his brace.
Winger Jimmy Kebe headed the Royals back into the game in the 82nd minute from Gareth McCleary’s cross. The equaliser arrived in the 88th minute, as Jonas Olsson brought Jimmy Kebe down and Adam Le Fondre scored from the spot kick.
The winner arrived in the last minute to complete an incredible comeback. Alex Pearce headed a free-kick on and striker Pavel Pogrebnyak flicked the ball beyond Ben Foster in the West Brom goal. The victory moved Reading to within three points of safety.
Other Premier League results:
QPR 0-0 Tottenham
Aston Villa 0-1 Southampton
Everton 0-0 Swansea
Fulham 1-1 Wigan
Norwich 0-0 Newcastle
Sunderland 3-0 West Ham
Can Reading now stay in the Premier League?
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