Tuesday 1 April 2014

Great victory at Leeds

Leeds commentators praised his 'suave' suit, but later it was in some disarray. 'We wanted it more,' said the coach.

A penalty save in time added on by Ben Hamer and a stunning goal by the Gooch saw Charlton win 1-0 at Elland Road tonight to move three points clear of Barnsley.

The Addicks started with Pigott as the striker up front in a 4-1-4-1, a formation that attracted some criticism (he was replaced by Obika in the second half). The first half was fairly even, although Leeds had the better chances. In the last five to ten minutes Charlton started to dominate and piled on the pressure.

In the second half Hamer made a key save by tipping the ball on to the crossbar. Then Reza beat two defenders and the keeper with a curling shot into the right of the net. McCormack spooned the ball over the net for Leeds under pressure from Morrison.

Poyet was at the heart of the play but was subject to a lot of fouls, having his hair pulled on one occasion. A tiring Astrit was replaced by Harriott. A free kick fed to Dervitte, who had been stalwart in defence, saw him put in a fierce shot which Butland did well to palm away for a corner.

Leeds started to apply more pressure in the closing minutes. Five minutes were added on and a long ball unsettled the back four, Poyet being judged to have committed a foul with a push in the box. Hamer dived to the right to deny McCormack.


Mr Regnier said...

4-14-1? Talk about packing the midfield!

Anonymous said...

A good win for you which may help to keep you in the Championship but you need to remember that Leeds will probably be giving 3 points to every team they play to the end of the season - but you may be helped if the worst Leeds team I have seen in 60 years go into Administration. Lack of fight, lack of ability oh and probably what matters most to the players lack of money.

Geoff said...

"He's Charlton's No 1 etc..." We're gaining a proper sense of drama in away games against the middling teams. Way to go still, but cautious optimism for those who see CAFC as their football club rather than as a vehicle for another rant. However, they'll probably be able to get several hundred words out of Stephens's goal for Albion tonight.