CHarlton Athletic manager Jose Riga was especially pleased with his team’s first-half display in yesterday’s 2-1 victory over Leeds United.
Charlton took a 39th-minute lead when Johan Gudmundsson swept Morgan Fox’s cross past United keeper Marco Silvestri and four minutes after the break Ademola Lookman was allowed to cut in from the left and fire home the second from the edge of the 18 yard box.
Bamba at last gave Leeds fans something to cheer by climbing to head Charlie Taylor’s left-wing cross past the unprotected Silvestri but sustained late pressure failed to produce an equaliser as Charlton remained unbeaten on their last eight visits to Elland Road.
Riga said: “In the first half we were in control. Leeds reacted for 15 minutes or so, which is normal, but we built a two-goal lead.
“After Leeds scored we defended well, especially our goalkeeper Nick Pope. I told the players that so many things have happened at our club but what matters is what happens on the pitch. I told them they had to show their quality collectively and individually, which they did.
“We have shown what we are able to do so the situation we are in (being relegated) is frustrating.
“When we have a full squad we can compete with any opposition.
“We have to show a lot of respect for the club and its supporters by doing our job until the end of the season.”