Leeds United: Goalless draw felt like a defeat – Dallas

12 December 2015.......   Charlton athletic v Leeds United Skybet Championship. 'Uniteds Stuart Dallas takes on Charltons Tareiq  Holmes-Dennis. Picture Tony Johnson

12 December 2015....... Charlton athletic v Leeds United Skybet Championship. 'Uniteds Stuart Dallas takes on Charltons Tareiq Holmes-Dennis. Picture Tony Johnson

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Leeds United winger Stuart Dallas bemoaned a goalless draw which “felt like a defeat” after wasteful finishing let Charlton Athletic off the hook yesterday.

The Northern Ireland international described himself as “gutted” and said Leeds had failed to make the most of a “big game” despite a rampant second-half performance at The Valley.

United emerged from a tame first 45 minutes to dominate a Charlton side who started the day inside the Championship’s relegation places but Steve Evans’ players failed to force a goal as Tom Adeyemi and Lewis Cook missed glaring chances in the final 15 minutes.

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Adeyemi’s opportunity was the best of the match, a six-yard effort which struck the outside of a post and carried wide after Jordan Botaka and Chris Wood stretched Charlton’s tiring defence. Cook, meanwhile, saw a goalbound shot hit Wood before it could find the net.

Evans called the game an “absolute annihilation” but Leeds passed up an invitation to climb up the Championship table seven days on from a valuable 2-1 victory over Hull City.

Dallas, who helped run the second half at The Valley, said: “In the end there was only one team in it and one team who were going to win it. You need a bit of composure in front of goal and you need a bit of luck as well and we just didn’t have that luck.

“You get those games throughout the season and it’s disappointing. It feels like a defeat.

“The lads are cut up because we knew we had to follow up last week with a win.

“It’s the fine margins and it’s the difference between putting a run together and not. I’m gutted. I can only speak for myself but looking at the lads we all know it’s a chance missed to get three points.”

United’s visit to south London was Evans’ ninth game as head coach and the club’s form has fluctuated in that time, mixing important victories with bad defeats to Rotherham United and Queens Park Rangers.

Leeds dropped a place in the table to 18th yesterday but are now seven points clear of the relegation zone. Points were spilled across the Championship over the weekend as seven fixtures ended in stalemate.

Evans said: “The one thing we lack is consistency. We’re still not getting performances for 90 minutes.

“If we’d performed from the start like we did the second half then there’s no doubt that we’d have added three points to our haul. But a lot of players were saying to me ‘how have we not won that?’”

Dallas said: “After the two (wins) against Huddersfield and Cardiff we thought we were moving forward. Obviously we had the defeats against Rotherham and QPR but we had the win against Hull last week so we came to Charlton full of confidence. We know how big a game it was.”

Aitor Karanka.

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