Sol Bamba impresses in Charlton defeat

Elland Road

The Ivory Coast international was wonderful in the defeat by the Addicks.

Leeds United missed the chance to give Elland Road a winning send-off until next season by losing 2-1 at home to Charlton Athletic on Saturday.

Goals from Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Ademola Lookman before and after the half-time break helped the Addicks into a commanding 2-0 lead yesterday.

Captain Sol Bamba reduced the arrears by nodding home Charlie Taylor's inch-perfect free kick on 71 minutes but, despite the lifeline, Leeds failed on the comeback trail.

The defeat did, however, throw up one or two positives despite the result - and the performance of Bamba was surely one of them.

  PositionTeamTouchesTotal PassAccurate PassBall RecoveryDispossessedDuel WonAerial WonInterceptionAppearancesMins Played
Sol Bamba DF Leeds 72 52 44 7 1 14 6 2 1 90

The 31-year-old defender managed to win a whopping 14 of his duels - six more than Taylor, Luke Murphy and Chris Wood who managed eight apiece - while also registering two interceptions.

With six aerial duels won, the big Ivory Coast international was every inch the physical presence that he looks; also reflected in the fact he was only dispossessed on one occasion.

Being in a defence which conceded twice against relegated Charlton doesn't look great, but it might be harsh to pin either goal on Bamba who, incidentally, is United's fourth highest goalscorer this season, with four goals.

The French-born defender, who has been rather hit and miss for the most part this season, also managed seven ball recoveries - only Murphy boasted more in a Leeds shirt - and overall it was a fitting way for Bamba to say goodbye to Leeds fans, at home, for another season.

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