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Charlton Athletic 2-4 Leeds United

Ross McCormack

Ross McCormack scored four goals as Leeds United won at Charlton Athletic.

The striker struck from inside the area early in the first half to open the scoring, before Cameron Stewart equalised with a shot from distance.

A McCormack penalty put Leeds ahead again, but a close-range Johnnie Jackson finish made it 2-2.

But McCormack fired into the roof of the net to complete his hat-trick, before rounding off the scoring with a free-kick.

Heavy rain earlier in the day had caused the kick-off to be delayed until 15:30 GMT, with turnstiles not open to supporters until one hour before.

Charlton had not conceded in more than seven hours going into the game and they showed some promise early on when Callum Harriott curled an effort wide.

But the visitors took the lead when Dexter Blackstock played a ball into the path of McCormark and the striker calmly slotted beyond home keeper Ben Hamer.

Charlton pressed for an equaliser and were level on the stroke of half-time when Jackson's free-kick was curled into the area, and though it was headed away, the ball fell to Stewart, who struck a volley beyond Paddy Kenny.

Leeds were back in front, though, three minutes after the break when Danny Pugh was fouled inside the area by Harriott and McCormack blasted the penalty into the roof of the net.

The game swung from one end of the pitch to the other and Charlton were level again when Simon Church got the better of two defenders and crossed towards the near post, where Jackson finished.

But no sooner had the Charlton fans finished celebrating that goal, Leeds regained the lead when McCormack volleyed home. He then grabbed his fourth by curling home a superb free-kick.

Charlton manager Chris Powell: "It was a strange game because for 70 minutes we were well in there.

"But McCormack showed his quality. Conditions play a part but you have to be very diligent when you are defending in your own box.

"We showed some character to come back but McCormack was the major difference in the end between two well-matched teams."

Leeds manager Brian McDermott: "We've been trying to find the best position for Ross because if you give him chances he will score.

"I'm delighted for him because when they pulled it back to 2-2 it could have gone either way.

"Is he good enough for the Premier League? Absolutely. But we won't worry about that yet - hopefully he can keep doing that for us."

Line-ups

Charlton

  • 1Hamer
  • 23WilsonSubstituted forPritchardat 86'minutes
  • 16WigginsBooked at 90mins
  • 24Cousins
  • 5MorrisonBooked at 33mins
  • 6Dervite
  • 11HarriottSubstituted forKermorgantat 67'minutes
  • 8Stephens
  • 9Church
  • 4Jackson
  • 32StewartSubstituted forSordellat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Hughes
  • 3Evina
  • 10Sordell
  • 12Alnwick
  • 14Pritchard
  • 18Kermorgant
  • 31Lennon

Leeds

  • 1KennyBooked at 38mins
  • 2Peltier
  • 16Pugh
  • 5Pearce
  • 22WoottonSubstituted forZaliukasat 45'minutes
  • 4Lees
  • 6Murphy
  • 8Austin
  • 9BlackstockBooked at 45minsSubstituted forSmithat 76'minutes
  • 44McCormack
  • 17Brown

Substitutes

  • 7Green
  • 18Tonge
  • 20Smith
  • 23Thompson
  • 24Zaliukas
  • 26Poleon
  • 33Cairns
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
17,601

Match Stats

Home TeamCharltonAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home18
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away1
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Charlton Athletic 2, Leeds United 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Charlton Athletic 2, Leeds United 4.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dorian Dervite (Charlton Athletic) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Dale Stephens with a cross following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Lee Peltier.

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Charlton Athletic 2, Leeds United 4. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

  6. Booking

    Rhoys Wiggins (Charlton Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Rhoys Wiggins (Charlton Athletic).

  8. Post update

    Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Michael Morrison (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Matt Smith (Leeds United).

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jordan Cousins (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Bradley Pritchard replaces Lawrie Wilson.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Marvin Sordell replaces Cameron Stewart.

  14. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  15. Post update

    Delay in match Ross McCormack (Leeds United) because of an injury.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Cousins (Charlton Athletic).

  17. Post update

    Ross McCormack (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Rhoys Wiggins (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Rodolph Austin (Leeds United).

  20. Post update

    Jordan Cousins (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.