Charlton v Leeds United: FIVE previous Valley battles for Leeds

Ross McCormack.
Ross McCormack.
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Leeds United travel down to Charlton on Saturday knowing that a victory could lift them as high as 13th in the Championship.

Interestingly, Charlton are one of few sides to have fallen as low as Leeds did from the top flight. The two teams have played against each other in each of the top three divisions of English football, Charlton joining the Whites for the last season of their League One adventure.

“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.”

Neil Redfearn

Here is a look back at the five previous encounters between the clubs at the Valley:

Charlton Athletic 2 Leeds United 1; April 18, 2015, Championship.

A game more memorable for the side-show than the actual results. Six players reportedly refused to travel down to the game, including goalkeeper Marco Silvestri, Mirco Antenucci, Guiseppe Bellusci, Souleymane Doukara, Edgar Cani and Dario Del Fabro. Leeds went ahead through Steve Morison, but two goals in the last 15 minutes won it for the Addicks.

Charlton Athletic 2 Leeds United 4; November 9, 2013, Championship.

Essentially a demonstration of the goalscoring talent of Ross McCormack. The Scottish striker put Leeds into the lead after 17 minutes, but the Whites were pegged back by future Leeds loanee Cameron Stewart. McCormack then scored a penalty in the 48th minute, but Charlton equalised once more through Johnnie Jackson. Only three minutes later, McCormack fired home for his hat-trick, before securing the win with a stunning free-kick on the 90th minute.

Charlton Athletic 2 Leeds United 1; April 6, 2013, Championship.

A managerless Leeds United travelled to the Valley after Neil Warnock’s departure from Elland Road. Johnnie Jackson put Charlton into the lead shortly before half-time, but Luke Varney seemed to have secured a point for caretaker manager Neil Redfearn with an 82nd minute strike. However, Jonathan Obika headed home in stoppage time to deny the Whites and secure three points for Charlton.

Charlton Athletic 1 Leeds United 0; May 1, 2010, League One.

With Leeds having faltered going into the last stretch of a promotion winning campaign, they knew they would likely have to win to keep automatic promotion in their own hands. Richard Naylor scored an unfortunate own goal late on as the Whites looked for a win that would have actually secured promotion after Leeds loanee Andy Robinson scored for Tranmere Rovers to keep Millwall at bay. It meant the season would come down to a home game against Bristol Rovers.

Charlton Athletic 0 Leeds United 1; November 29, 2003, Premier League.

Leeds won for the first time since early October thanks to a James Milner strike. The 17-year-old created space for himself with an excellent first touch after latching on to a Mark Viduka pass before firing past Dean Kiely to give Leeds the three points. It was also a first victory under caretaker manager Eddie Gray and stopped a run of five straight Premier League defeats.

Paul Heckingbottom.

Leeds United boss Paul Heckingbottom warns players not to take it easy as season draws to close