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Charlton Athletic 2-1 Leeds United

Yoni Buyens
Yoni Buyens celebrates as he scores his ninth goal of the season

Leeds United fell to their fifth straight defeat as Charlton Athletic fought back to win at The Valley.

The visitors were awarded a penalty when Tal Ben Haim tripped Sam Byram, but Stephen Henderson saved Billy Sharps' spot-kick.

Steve Morison's volley put Leeds ahead before Tony Watt levelled with 16 minutes remaining.

Goalkeeper Stuart Taylor then brought Igor Vetokele down in the box and Yoni Buyens made no mistake from the spot.

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Luzon on Charlton v Leeds

Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn's plans were dealt a blow by the sudden withdrawal of six players before the game.

The hosts, who have not won since beating Fulham on 18 March, fell to 16th in the Championship table while Charlton moved up to 10th.

Leeds started brightly, with Luke Murphy sending his volley over the bar from 10 yards out.

They should have gone ahead on 37 minutes when Ben Haim fouled Byram as he honed in on goal, but Sharp's penalty was tipped onto the post by Henderson.

The deadlock was finally broken when Murphy's corner found Morison in space and the forward found the back of the net from 12 yards out.

Charlton upped the tempo after the interval and when Johann Berg Gudmundsson's cross reached an unmarked Watt, the Scotsman volleyed past Taylor.

Taylor then spilled a Gudmundsson shot before tripping Vetokele as the striker latched onto the rebound.

Buyens sent Taylor the wrong way from the spot and Charlton held on to take the three points as Leeds' miserable run continued.

Leeds boss Neil Redfearn on the withdrawal of six of his players: "It seems a freakish set of events. Marco Silvestri got a knock after the Norwich game.

"We rested him thinking he would be available today, but he came in on Friday and said he was still struggling so he couldn't travel.

"If the lads come in and say they're injured, you've got to take them at face value. They're professional people and you expect them to do the right thing."

Charlton manager Guy Luzon: "We had to change the rhythm and tempo after the first half. We had to play with more aggression. It's not the first time we've changed the result like this.

"It shows the good character of the players and the team. In the last two weeks, we've played five games and we've had to rotate a bit to keep players fresh.

"We need to continue this in our remaining games."

Line-ups

Charlton

  • 1Henderson
  • 20Solly
  • 3Gomez
  • 26Ben Haim
  • 21Fox
  • 9EaglesSubstituted forBerg Gudmundssonat 45'minutes
  • 12DiarraSubstituted forCousinsat 11'minutes
  • 17Buyens
  • 8Bulot
  • 14VetokeleBooked at 60minsSubstituted forChurchat 90+1'minutes
  • 32WattBooked at 76mins

Substitutes

  • 7Berg Gudmundsson
  • 16Wiggins
  • 18Church
  • 22Johnson
  • 24Cousins
  • 40Lepoint
  • 44Etheridge

Leeds

  • 13Taylor
  • 15Wootton
  • 3Bamba
  • 32Cooper
  • 21Taylor
  • 2ByramSubstituted forDawsonat 89'minutes
  • 4Austin
  • 7Murphy
  • 27Mowatt
  • 19Morison
  • 8SharpSubstituted forMontenegroat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6N'Goyi
  • 12Berardi
  • 24Dawson
  • 26Montenegro
  • 30Cairns
  • 33Sloth
  • 40Phillips
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
18,053

Match Stats

Home TeamCharltonAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home10
Away15
Shots on Target
Home5
Away7
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Charlton Athletic 2, Leeds United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Charlton Athletic 2, Leeds United 1.

  3. Post update

    Liam Cooper (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Simon Church (Charlton Athletic).

  5. Post update

    Hand ball by Sol Bamba (Leeds United).

  6. Post update

    Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Morgan Fox.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Chris Dawson (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alex Mowatt.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Liam Cooper (Leeds United) header from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Charlie Taylor with a cross following a set piece situation.

  9. Post update

    Sol Bamba (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Simon Church (Charlton Athletic).

  11. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Simon Church replaces Igor Vetokele because of an injury.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Leeds United. Chris Dawson replaces Sam Byram.

  14. Post update

    Delay in match Igor Vetokele (Charlton Athletic) because of an injury.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Leeds United. Brian Montenegro replaces Billy Sharp.

  16. Post update

    Offside, Leeds United. Rodolph Austin tries a through ball, but Billy Sharp is caught offside.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Luke Murphy.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Billy Sharp (Leeds United).

  19. Post update

    Yoni Buyens (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Charlton Athletic 2, Leeds United 1. Yoni Buyens (Charlton Athletic) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Watford442671188493985
2Bournemouth442412892454784
3Middlesbrough442591065333284
4Norwich4424101083453882
5Derby4421131082503276
6Ipswich4421121168501875
7Brentford442191473591472
8Wolves4420121265541172
9Blackburn431515135955460
10Charlton441418125456-260
11Nottm Forest441514156965459
12Sheff Wed441417134146-559
13Cardiff441414165258-656
14Birmingham431315155164-1354
15Huddersfield441314175673-1753
16Leeds441410204860-1252
17Bolton441312195463-951
18Fulham441310215676-2049
19Reading421211194464-2047
20Brighton441016184452-846
21Rotherham431014194365-2244
22Millwall43913213767-3040
23Wigan44912233960-2139
24Blackpool44413273488-5425
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