Noel Whelan pinpoints the exact reason why Leeds failed to win against Charlton

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Leeds United played out a goalless draw with Charlton Athletic in the Championship today.

Noel Whelan has told BBC Sport that Leeds United failed to win against Charlton Athletic today because they did not take their chances.

The Whites played out a goalless draw with Charlton away from home at The Valley in the Championship.

“I'm bitterly disappointed we didn't take three points away,” former Leeds striker Whelan told BBC Sport. “Both teams came out in the second half looking for the win. Leeds got themselves into some fantastic positions but they just couldn't get the ball into the net.

“You could see how nervous Charlton were as Leeds became stronger and more positive. They got into good areas and the balls into the box were quality. They were inventive in and around the box but they couldn’t put it away and that’s what let them down.”

Over the course of the 90 minutes at The Valley, visitors Leeds had 56% of the possession, took 18 shots of which just three were on target, and earned eight corners.

The performance of Steve Evans’s side in the first half was disappointing, but the players stepped up their game in the second 45 minutes.

The West Yorkshire outfit are now 18th in the Championship table with 23 points from 20 matches, seven points above the relegation zone.

Leeds will return to action on Thursday evening when they take on Wolverhampton Wanderers away from home at Molineux in the league.

Meanwhile, Charlton are now a point and a place above the Championship bottom three.

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