LEEDS SLUMP­ING INTO TROU­BLE

CHARLTON ......2 LEEDS UTD ......1

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Alan Brown

CARE­TAKER boss Neil Red­fearn ad­mits Leeds are in a pre­car­i­ous po­si­tion af­ter a stop­page­time de­feat at Charlton sucked them into the rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle.

Tot­ten­ham loa­nee Jonathan Obika leapt off the bench to earn Chris Pow­ell’s Ad­dicks a 2-1 win in the 95th minute af­ter John­nie Jack­son’s opener had been can­celled out by Luke Var­ney.

Go­ing into the game Charlton were the only Cham­pi­onship side with­out an in­jury-time win­ner to their name all sea­son, but striker Obika headed home five min­utes into added time to con­demn Leeds to a fourth straight de­feat.

United have now failed to win in 11 away games with this lat­est loss coming fol­low­ing the de­par­ture of Neil Warnock as man­ager ear­lier this week.

Red­fearn felt los­ing Warnock had an af­fect on his play­ers, and he now knows the dif­fi­cul­ties fac­ing him with United just five points clear of the bot­tom three.

“When a man­ager leaves it’s un­set­tling and ob­vi­ously th­ese are play­ers Neil Warnock has signed,” he said.

“But the bot­tom line is they’ve ap­plied them­selves well. I can only go off what I’ve seen in train­ing and they’ve worked ever so hard.

“For me, it’s not ideal. I’m look­ing af­ter it un­til the new guy comes in. This is a job for some­body else.

“I’m look­ing from the out­side in. It’s dif­fi­cult be­cause it’s been left in a pre­car­i­ous po­si­tion. I have no in­ter­est in the the dead­lock through skip­per job.” Jack­son’s tenth of the sea­son in

Red­fearn’s men started the 47th minute af­ter Andy brightly and mid­fielder Paul Hughes’ blocked shot fell Green had claims for an early kindly to him in the area and he penalty waved away, be­fore blasted past Kenny. Ben Hamer saved from Steve In re­sponse, Mori­son. Mori­son hit the

The hosts post for Leeds, sprung into life and Michael when Yann KerTonge was off mor­gant’s tar­get be­fore over­head kit was Var­ney’s first goal saved by Paddy in 12 games, a Kenny, and cen­tre­de­flected vol­ley, back Michael brought them Mor­ri­son blasted level with nine over af­ter Kenny min­utes re­main­par­ried­ing.from Do­rian Dervitte. hat

Charlton broke like looked earn­ing United a point, but Obika had the fi­nal say as he headed home Rhoys Wig­gins’ cross.

Home boss Pow­ell was left de­lighted af­ter a week that has gar­nered two home wins and an away draw at Brighton.

“I’m really pleased with the whole week,” he said. “I’m ec­static with the per­for­mance by them.

“The en­ergy lev­els were very good be­cause it has been a piv­otal week, I would say. To get seven points this week, ac­cu­mu­late six at home, a gritty, dogged dis­play at Brighton, we have to do th­ese things to sur­vive.

“We know that we need the points to make sure that our sta­tus as a Cham­pi­onship club re­mains so I’m really pleased. There’s no bet­ter way to win the game than in the fi­nal minute.

“We had that tag of the least home wins – that’s gone now.”

And Pow­ell re­vealed that match win­ner Obika had asked him why he was left on the bench, be­fore mak­ing his im­por­tant im­pact.

“He knocked on my door and he just said ‘what do I need to do to get in the team?’,” said Pow­ell.

“I said in the next six games you’ll get min­utes and I want you to make an im­pact and show peo­ple. I think he cer­tainly made that im­pact.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

LEAV­ING IT LATE: Charlton’s Jonathan Obika scores the the win­ner in in­jury time

HERO: Obika cel­e­brates his late win­ner

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