The in-form England under-21 international Scott Parker added to his growing rep
The in-form England under-21 international Scott Parker added to his growing reputation with Charlton's late winner at Leeds on Sunday to heap more pressure on home manager Terry Venables...
Parker, who had been cautioned for a late, ugly challenge on LEE BOWYER just minutes earlier, held off two challenges to fire low past PAUL ROBINSON and earn Charlton a 2-1 win at Elland Road.
"Scott was out for 10 weeks at the start of the season at we struggled. It shows how important he is to our side," said delighted Charlton manager Alan Curbishley.
"Perhaps we are an unfashionable club but with homegrown players like Parker, Lisbie and Fortune we have a good nucleus."
It was The Londoners third Premiership win in a row and marked Leeds United's fifth league defeat on the trot at home. The boos at full-time are bound to increase speculation about Terry Venables' future at the club.
"Who would have thought with the score at 1-0 with 10 minutes left that Terry's future would be under the spotlight again," said watching former Leeds favourite Terry Yorath.
Harry Kewell's opener for Leeds had been cancelled out in the 80th minute by another of Charlton's exciting young Englishmen KEVIN LISBIE but was rough justice on goalkeeper PAUL ROBINSON who had pulled off a string of superb saves.
One silver lining for Leeds, and England. ROBBIE FOWLER came on as a sub for his first meaningful action of the season following hip surgery.
Poor JAMIE CARRAGHER played an unwitting part in the decisive moment that helped Manchester United beat Liverpool 2-1 in the match of the weekend at Anfield.
The England defender's header back to Jerzy Dudek was horribly missed by the goalkeeper and allowed Diego Forlan the first goal. "It was the defining moment of the game - at last the breaks are going our way," admitted United boss Sir Alex Ferguson afterwards.
Forlan added a second for Liverpool before Sami Hyypia scored a late consolation. Dudek's error may pave the way for England under-21 goalkeeper CHRIS KIRKLAND to get a first-team place at Anfield.
"Chris will definitely play in the Worthington Cup this week, after that we shall see," said Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier.
While Venables is in bother, his star striker at Euro 96 ALAN SHEARER scored one of the best goals of his career to help Newcastle beat Everton 2-1.
Newcastle were trailing until the 86th minute when Shearer struck with a 25-yard volley."It has to be up there in the top three of my career goals," he said. "It was going to take something special to break deadlock - nine times out of ten that shot ends up in the top row of the stand."
Premiership leaders Arsenal beat Aston Villa 3-1 at Highbury. The French connection of Robert Pires and Thierry Henry provided the goals but there was a fascinating battle between England colleagues DARIUS VASSELL and SOL CAMPBELL with Villa striker Vassell giving his more experienced colleague a torrid afternoon
PREMIERSHIP RESULTS (Nov 30/Dec 1)
Arsenal 3 Aston Villa 1
Birmingham 1 Spurs 1
Blackburn 2 Fulham 1
Chelsea 3 Sunderland 0
Leeds 1 Charlton 2
Liverpool 1 Manchester United 2
Manchester City 2 Bolton 0
Newcastle 2 Everton 1
West Brom 1 Middlesbrough 0
West Ham v Southampton (Monday)
Compiled by Joe Bernstein