Charlton Athletic 0 Leeds United 0: Big match analysis

Tom Adeyemi goes close at The Valley. PIC: Bruce Rollinson
Tom Adeyemi goes close at The Valley. PIC: Bruce Rollinson
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Check out our big matxch analysis from Leeds United’s goalless draw with Charlton Athletic at The Valley.


Stuart Dallas: The Northern Ireland international was asked on Twitter last week whether he’d made a mistake by leaving Brentford for Leeds in the summer. Dallas offered an emphatic ‘no’ in response and games like Saturday’s prove that he can thrive as a United player. Charlton’s defence found him almost unplayable in the most intense periods of pressure.



Gaetano Berardi: Only just back from a two-game suspension and will now have to cross his fingers that the injury he suffered in the last few minutes isn’t too serious. He was hurt by a late challenge and left the field on a stretcher. If he’s out for any length of time, Steve Evans is back in a position where he’s choosing between Scott Wootton and Sam Byram at right-back.


Adeyemi’s miss: A couple of inches to the left and the ball would have sneaked inside the post but the midfielder was so close to goal that he had no excuse for failing to at least draw a save from Stephen Henderson. It was a bad miss; Leeds continued to press but looked like they knew a huge moment had gone.


Karel Fraeye said: “They had a really good 15 minutes and they pushed us. We were lucky not to concede from their biggest chance. It could have been one-nil and if we were very unlucky it could have been nil-one. We learned our lesson defensively.”

Steve Evans said: “We’ve not won the game because we’ve succeeded in missing a number of chances – gilt-edged chances. Over the 90 there’s no doubt we should win it. The key ingredient, scoring goals, didn’t happen but I’m delighted with the quality of football and the passages of play. Tom Adeyemi hits the post when we all know it should be a goal.”

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