LEEDS SLUMPING INTO TROUBLE
CHARLTON ......2 LEEDS UTD ......1
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.”
LEAVING IT LATE: Charlton’s Jonathan Obika scores the the winner in injury time
HERO: Obika celebrates his late winner