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Charlton Athletic boss Guy Luzon praises goalkeeper Stephen Henderson after 2-1 win over Leeds United in the Championship

ByKentOnline reporter
Charlton goalkeeper Stephen Henderson is beaten by Leeds' Steve Morison but went on to make several impressive saves in Addicks' 2-1 win Picture: Keith Gillard
Charlton goalkeeper Stephen Henderson is beaten by Leeds' Steve Morison but went on to make several impressive saves in Addicks' 2-1 win Picture: Keith Gillard

Guy Luzon hailed Stephen Henderson as one of the best goalkeepers in the league after his performance in Charlton’s 2-1 win over Leeds on Saturday.

Henderson made a number of saves, including a Billy Sharp penalty, to ensure the Addicks went away with all three points.

Charlton boss Luzon said: “Stephen Henderson did a great job and has done a great job for the whole season. In my view he is one of the best goalkeepers in the competition.”

It was not only his goalkeeper that he lavished praise on but his entire team after a goal from Tony Watt and penalty by Yoni Buyens completed a comeback after Steve Morison had put Leeds ahead.

Luzon said: “I didn’t like the tempo and rhythm we showed in the first half and we spoke in the dressing room that we must change. If we wanted to come back and win this game we had to change the rhythm, change the tempo and play with passion.

“I think Yoni was the best player on the field. He was great in the first half and second half. The strikers changed the rhythm and tempo and they were more efficient in the second half and scored great goals.

“Igor (Vetokele), especially in the second half, played with a lot of passion and determination.”

Luzon defended his decision to leave out two key players in Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Jordan Cousins because of the recent packed schedule.

He said: “In the last two weeks we’ve played five games and we have to make a rotation a little bit to keep the players fresh.

"I knew before the game Johann would come on and play in the second half. I knew he had the quality to change the game and I’m happy he did it.”

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