Charlton 0-0 Fulham: Cottagers fail to put pressure on Leeds and West Brom marking while Scott Parker & # 39; s side draws blank in Charlton
The side of Scott Parker has found a consistent shape just like Championship tempo setters West Bromwich Albion and Leeds have stumbled in recent weeks.
But when Fulham had the opportunity to move into second place, he lacked humor and creativity to surpass Charlton's massive ranks of defense.
CONTEST STATES AND LEAGUE TABLE
Charlton Athletic (4-2-3-) 1): Phillips; Matthews, Lockyer, Pearce (c), Purrington; Pratley, Cullen; Doughty, Oztumer (Green 82), Morgan (Williams 63); Hemed (Taylor 70)
Unused substitutes: Maynard-Brewer (GK); Oshilaja, Sarr, Dempsey
Manager: Lee Bowyer
Fulham (4-3 -3): Rodak; Odoi, Hector, Ream, Bryan; Arter (Christie 72), McDonald, Onomah (Stansfield 88); Knight, Decordova-Reid, Cairney (c) (Johansen 77)
Unused substitutes: Bettinelli (GK); Kongolo, De La Torre, Sessegnon
Manager: Scott Parker
Referee: Stephen Martin (Staffordshire)
Attendance: 16,424 (2,337 road)
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The chances for the promotion hopeful, which were not characteristic, were small and far away toothless in the future and Leeds will be relieved by the stalemate.
The news that Charlton manager Lee Bowyer had signed a new three-year contract, binding him to the Addicks until the summer of 2023, was canceled the vote before the game.
Charlton has won only one of their last 16 league matches in a scorching run dating back to October, but the support for Bowyer remains steadfast both in the new ownership and in the stands.
& # 39; Lee Bowyer & # 39; s red and white army & # 39; they sang when the boss came out of the tunnel for the kick-off and Bowyer applauded when they sang his name during the game.
The news also seemed to give his players a boost and they went full throttle on Fulham in the first 10 minutes and forced a number of turns that needed to be tackled and were.
Gradually, Scott Parker & # 39; s side settled in the passing and possession game that has proven so effective for them.
But faced with a wall of red shirts that sometimes consisted of eight or nine staff, they missed incision in the first half. Most passes were square or backward for Charlton's rear guard.
Fulham's chances did not flow precisely, so Bobby Decordova-Reid forced home keeper Dillon Phillips twice in a rescue within two minutes.
The first was a 20-meter pop shot that turned Phillips and the second followed a smart pass from Tom Cairney and was beaten to safety.
Cairney was also the architect of Fulham & # 39; s clearest opening of the opening 45, teeing up the left rear Joe Bryan for a low shot that flew past the far post.
But they really should have led five minutes after the restart when Michael Hector was left completely unmarked to meet each other The corner of Ivan Cavaleiro but led his header wide.
That brought Charlton to life, with Alfie Doughty, who looked threatening when he pushed forward and forced Marek Rodak into action for the first time.
Jonny Williams came on and then Lyle Taylor while Charlton felt the chance to grab a surprising victory.
And Taylor & # 39; s inviting ball over the Fulham box in the last few minutes almost reached his fellow substitute in a scoring position before Cyrus knew Christie.
West Brom 0-1 Stoke: Winless run of championship leaders continues while Tyrese Campbell & # 39; s first half strike visitors four points above drop zone
Grady Diangana desperate to stay on loan to West Brom and help them earn promotion amid fears West Ham will remember winger to help the relegation of the fight
- Grady Diangana lent the first half of the season to West Brom
- The winger made an impression, scored five goals and set up five in 16 starts
- There is, however, a fear that the 21-year-old might be recalled by West Ham
Grady Diangana wants to stay in West Brom For the rest of the campaign – although West Ham has the option to get him back.
The winger has been a key figure for Albion since joining a season-long loan last summer, scoring five times and registering five assists in 16 starts, helping them get to the top of the championship after 27 games.
That led the Hammers fighting to survive in the top flight, I consider bringing him back to the London stadium. Yet Sportsmail understands that Diangana prefers to stay with West Brom and help them win promotions.
Albion himself would like to avoid a repeat of Leicester's Harvey Barnes loan last season. The attacker made an impression in the first half of the campaign, but was recalled by his parent club for the second half.
West Brom faced Monday at home opposite Stoke with the aim of ending a series of five games without winning in the championship – although they remained at the top of the table due to the fragmentary shape of their closest challengers Leeds .
Boss Slaven Bilic would really like to add another attacker during the window, although he already has Charlie Austin, Hal Robson-Kanu and Kenneth Zohore.
West Brom and Fulham boosted with hamstring injury from Dwight Gayle not bad as first feared … but they face competition from championship rivals for £ 10m-valued Newcastle striker
The suitors of Dwight Gayle received a boost after it emerged his hamstring injury is not as bad as was first feared.
Striker Gayle was forced out of Newcastle's 1-1 draw against Wolves after just 28 minutes on Saturday.
The 29-year-old suffered from a small tear and the first concern was that he was put aside for a maximum of six weeks.
But after medical tests, Gayle is likely to return to training in two to three weeks and weeks and is scheduled to play again early next month.
That will be welcome news for his champion admirers who want Gayle to run on the floor so that he can quickly strengthen their respective promotional bids.
West Brom leaders, who scored 23 goals for Gayle last season, Fulham, Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday, who are all in the top six of the championship, are fighting Gayle.
Newcastle is willing to lend him this month in a deal that also includes a purchase commitment of £ 10 million.
West Brom invites Martin Olsson to train with squadron because they are considering signing the Swedish free agent
- Swedish international Martin Olsson is a free agent after leaving Swansea
- Championship leaders West Brom invited him to train with their team
- The 31-year-old defender remained part of Sweden's national set-up
The 31-year-old is a free agent after leaving Swansea City last season and Albion have invited him to train with their team.
Olsson continued to be part of the Swedish national team and should impress Albion manager Slaven Bilic, who was able to offer experienced competition for the left back position.
Bilic wants to strengthen his team before the start of the championship, with his side currently a place above the table for Leeds with one point with 19 games left.
Olsson & # 39; s experience and crossing can prove to be a very valuable asset to a Baggies party who dreams of a return to the Premier League.
The left wing, formerly also of Blackburn and Norwich, contained 75 teams for Swansea over a two-year period, but did not do that played club football after the expiry of his contract in the summ er.
West Brom fans ask for an investigation of £ 3.7 million loan to the company of former owner Jeremy Peace
- West Brom fans ask for an investigation to controversial £ 3.7 million loan
- Loan provided to former chairman Jeremy Peace's company before he sold out the club
- Fans claim the Peace loan has enabled West to sell to West Brom for £ 200 million
- West Brom Chief Executive Mark Jenkins has opposed claims to hold an EGM
West Brom fans are demanding that the club launched an investigation into a £ 3.7 million controversial loan to former owner Jeremy Peace's company prior to its sale in 2016 to Chinese businessman Guochuan Lai.
Sportsmail revealed details of the legal dispute between Shareholders 4 Albion (S4A) and West Brom last September about a loan the fans claimed Peace could have sold the club for £ 200m and they now request a formal investigation into the case.
S4A wants Peace to pay back the loan to give manager Slaven Bilic money to strengthen his team during the transfer window but that would require pressure from the club, so they appealed to the wider fan base.
In a letter to all 430 small shareholders who own 12 percent of the club seen by Sportsmail the S4A committee argues for an investigation to investigate whether there has been a violation of fiduciary duty by one of the directors & # 39; When signing the loan to Peace, it was claimed that he increased his own interest before he sold the Lai.
The current West Brom director Mark Jenkins was the club's financial director at the time of the loan and has so far resisted calls to hold an extraordinary general meeting
It was assumed that Peace used the club's loan to his own company WBA Holdings in 2014 to help fund an offer he had made three months earlier to purchase shares in WBA Group, the club's parent company.
That offer contributed to increasing his share in the WBA Group from about 65 percent to 88 percent, which he then increased sold for £ 200 million a year later – with stock trading at £ 24,000 per share, eight times what his company paid them in 2014.
The loan to be repaid to WBA Group is clearly identified in the club's most recently published accounts for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018.
Shareholders on the loan have been enlarged by the club's announcement earlier this year that they would not be able to repay the loan, or any interest it has accrued, due to restrictions from the Chinese government.
West Brom declined to comment.
Southampton reluctant to loan Che Adams on loan to Leeds and West Brom enthusiastically
- Che Adams moved to £ amm for £ 15m from Birmingham in the summer
- He has struggled for first team action and has yet to score for a goal for the club
- Leeds and West Brom are eager to help him help their title cartoons
The former Birmingham striker started a number of games this season under Ralph Hasenhuttl, but has since been struggling to secure a spot in the first team.
Danny Ings is in a sensational form and saints seem to have gone a corner, meaning Adams could struggle for playing time.
Adams cost Southampton £ 15 million from Birmingham in the summer after a brilliant championship campaign in which he scored 22 teams.
Leeds wants to add more firepower to the promotional bid, just like West Brom, with both teams clearly at the top of the championship.
Adams has yet to score for Southampton and would like to recapture last season's form with a step back in a division, but the St. Mary's club is reluctant to let him leave.
West Brom and Swansea join the race to sign 19-year-old midfielder Chelsea Conor Gallagher
The 19-year-old is expected to cancel his seasonal loan with Charlton this month.
Premier League club Burnley is believed to be front runners for the signature of Gallagher.
The Clarets want to replace Danny Drinking Water that has been targeted by Aston Villa .
Gallagher is one of the shining lights in the Chelsea Academy; winning the FA Youth Cup in 2016-17 and 2017-18.
And he made a flying start to life in Charlton, scored six goals and arranged for three assists in 24 Championship appearances this season.
Honor even, reputations like the great entertainers of the championship intact, and absolutely nothing to keep these two colossi of the second tier from football.
The game between the two best matches in the division could have been won by West Brom in the first half and Leeds in the second after a tactical brave double substitution by Leeds coach Marcelo Bielsa.
Semi Ajayi scored for both teams, although Patrick Bamford might try to take his own goal away.
There were plenty of opportunities, brilliant goalkeeping and the inescapable feel that they will be back among the big boys in the Premier League the next time they meet again.
In the meantime, they combined to offer a later afternoon for the sold-out Hawthorns crowd.
Talk about a dream start for Albion. The Hawthorns already fluctuated as the promotion rivals entered the field, but after a minute and 15 seconds a new explosion of noise greeted the opener.
Matheus Pereira hovered the corner, Kiki Casilla was unable to give any impetus to his thrust that led to head tennis between Kyle Bartley and Ajayi before the latter put the ball forward. Jack Harrison's desperate attempt to bring the ball to safety ended in failure and the home team was a goal.
Anyone who saw Leeds' performance on Sunday in the 5-4 victory in Birmingham would not have been surprised by the defensive weaknesses of the team, but the players of Marcelo Bielsa are making it difficult for themselves.
Albion and Leeds are the two striking artists of the first half of the championship season and, due to a strange whim, they also hit the buffers at the same time.
West Brom had seen only one win from their five previous games, while Leeds had one win in four.
Hardly any crisis levels with the winners of this competition have guaranteed the gap of 11 points in third place in Brentford.
After taking the lead, Albion should have been halfway ahead, but Casilla saved Pereira's free kick and then showed amazing reflexes to throw himself into a shot by Matt Phillips who seemed purposeful.
Hall Robson-Kanu skied the rebound over the bar. Leeds also had their moments, not least when Harrison's raking cross-country pass was made by Helder Costa's direct shot and goalkeeper Sam Johnstone saved.
Both sides had criminal screams. Albion was convinced that Mateusz Klich had taken down Romaine Sawyers and Leeds was just as adamant that Conor Townsend was dealt with just before half-time.
Referee Robert Jones had none of it, despite Bilic's furious protests.
The head coach's impact on Albion is extraordinary. He leaves a lasting impression wherever he goes, even in the director's offices.
Writing in the competition program, Albion CEO Mark Jenkins revealed that Bilic had sought him to stay thanks to the signing of five players when the transfer window was closed in the summer.
He wrote: summer On the last transfer of the summer transfer we got five new players over the line. In all my years in the game, Slaven is the only manager I have known to make the effort to go through the corridor to the CEO's offices to personally thank him for the support and efforts made to support the players sign. I then felt that we had a special man in the head coach's office and I know our fans feel the same way. & # 39;
So the Baggy & # 39; s have their own Special One. back in the Premier League and hold their own hand, but it's still a nice pat on the back.
More immediately, he had to make sure that Leeds did not fall back in a game that should have happened and dusted.
And that is exactly what the Yorkshiremen did, thanks to a double tweak from Bielsa in which Patrick Bamford and Barry Douglas were released for the second half of the couch.
Top scorer Bamford may feel sad to not be in the starting line-up after recovering from a dead leg given his 10 goals, including three in the last three.
He certainly felt his presence, but can have bad luck if he tries to claim the equalizer.
Harrison pinged over another cross, Bamford got his head towards it, but the ball went wide before it hit Semi Ajayi and deflected past Johnstone .
It turned out to be the starting gun for an end-to-end competition that both parties desperately wanted to win.
Casilla tipped another free kick from Pereira while Harrison caused all kinds of problems with his passing and sounding. In the final minutes, Casilla rescued from Kyle Edwards.
A winning goal would have been hard on both sides.
West Brom 0-2 Middlesbrough: Slaves Bilic & # 39; s side slip to second place after strikes by Daniel Ayala and Ashley Fletcher make three non-win games for the Baggies
There is not much to celebrate at ] West Brom During the festive period and as the new year approaches, their lead at the top of the championship has disappeared.
Only one point from two competitions is not in the form of a promotion team and their results have seen their attempt to reach the Premier League booth at the worst possible time.
A disappointing draw at Barnsley on Boxing Day was exacerbated by a slip to Middlesbrough here as Jonathan Woodgate & side picked up their first away game of the season thanks to Daniel Ayala 's header and a scandalous goal from Ashley Fletcher .
Slaves Bilic made the most of his strong team with a number of changes as he watched to keep some fresh legs and spirits on the couch before the arrival of Marcelo Bielsa & # 39; s side.
It was just a change for Woodgate, whose team doesn't have the depth of their opponents, because he looked at Boron's impressive turnaround in shape and they started strong.
Young star Djed Spence was a constant threat everywhere and found himself in acres of space on the right, but there was no one to sound at his cross. Boron checked the property and frustrated the home fans but it was after 17 minutes that they took the lead.
Woodgate & # 39; s mix of youth and experience begins to gather results and it was one of their older heads that broke the deadlock when Ayala came across a whipped corner and steered a header past a helpless Sam Johnstone.
West Brom threatened an equalizer with their first real chance of the match. Matheus Pereira had his class pick Darnell Furlong, but the header of the youngster sailed over the bar.
The Baggies seemed to feel the effects of the packed party schedule and were out of possession all afternoon. Pereira, usually so composed and decisive with the ball, could not dictate the game or orchestrate an attack and they were largely limited to remote shots.
Kyle Edwards was one of them who tried his luck from a distance, but he couldn't get enough curls on the ball because his attempt went far from far.
Bilic had seen enough and brought forward halfway Charlie Austin. There was an intensity in the game from West Brom that was missing and their first chance after the break fell for Gareth Barry, but his volley went wide.
Jake Livermore almost volleyed the hosts almost a few minutes later when he straighted Pereira & # 39; s delicate volley chip to Aynsley Pears, who parried about.
Frustrations within the home team came over when Livermore entered the book for his angry reaction to the referee's decision to stop the treatment, could be given to George Saville.
Their anger almost fought against an equalizer, but Austin's tame header in the back post was easily saved before Pears grabbed Matt Phillips' dangerous cross.
Boron offered little attack in the second half, but almost took advantage of his first chance when Lewis Wing turned Johnstone, only for Marcus Tavernier's attempt to be saved by the goalkeeper after being back on his line had come.
D The hosts insisted on a goal, Boron managed to escape from their own box and Ashley Fletcher was released by Tavernier when they launched a counter, but the angle was too tight and he could only shoot the ball to Johnstone.
West Brom shot forward again in search of a breakthrough, but Austin's muffled header back in front of the goal was safely brought to safety when Boron held tight again
Austin came close in the 83rd minute , but Pears made a sensational rescue to the left of him to deny the striker. Boron had a great chance to seal all three points, but substitute Marvin Johnson shot straight at the goalkeeper with the goal gaping.
The victory was confirmed in the early stages of the halt although the Fletcher just turned the ball just inside the West Brom and hit a sublime volley that ran over Johnstone and into the net.
While the full-time whistle sounded, the news of the Leeds standstill winner penetrated the home fans. It was the worst possible way to end 2019 for West Brom and their start to 2020 won't get any better.