Leeds slump to fifth successive defeat


Leeds 1 Charlton 2

Two goals in the final 10 minutes condemned Leeds to a fifth successive Premiership defeat at Elland Road and leave manager Terry Venables grimly hanging on to his job.

Not even the return of Robbie Fowler, playing his first senior match of the season, could give Venables the win he had been hoping for following a week largely to forget.

Then 10 minutes from time Charlton grabbed the equaliser they fully deserved with a Konchesky cross nodded down by Bartlett into the path of Lisbie for a bouncing half volley from 10 yards that went beyond Robinson.

It prompted a double substitution from Venables as McPhail and Bowyer made way for Michael Bridges and Fowler, the latter given a rousing reception by the Leeds fans.

Leeds could have taken the points, but 90 seconds from time Bridges cracked a stunning 18-yard right-shot against the foot of the post.

Instead it was Charlton who stole the victory in injury time as Parker went on an unchecked run past three challenges before toe-poking the ball home beyond Robinson.