Leeds on top after beating Charlton

updated: February 25, 2007 08:37 IST
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Leeds United have taken over top spot in the English Premiership after beating Charlton 2-0 on Sunday. Leeds' victory puts them one point ahead of Arsenal, who had gone top of the table for the first time when they beat Fulham 3-1 in a London derby on Saturday. Leeds United's Premiership visit to Charlton Athletic in South London on Sunday began with a minute's silence to honour the victims of the terrorist attacks in the united states. In the twentieth minute Mark Fish's powerful header from a Paul Konchesky corner looked to be goal-bound, but was tipped over acrobatically by Nigel Martyn. And three minutes later the South African defender was left red-faced at the other end after letting Ian Harte's seemingly innocuous through-ball run past him - failing to realise that Robbie Keane was waiting to pounce just behind. The Irishman's simple touch gave the visitors the lead. Constantly at the heart of the action, Keane was booked for a penalty box dive before coming within a post's-width of doubling the lead from an almost impossible angle. Charlton's task was made even harder when skipper Graham Stuart saw red for an unsavoury two-footed lunge at Ian Harte. There was relief when the Leeds left-back got back to his feet. Seconds after the re-start Olivier Dacourt set-up a gilt-edged chance for Keane. His touch beat Dean Kiely - but also the far post. Ex-Charlton defender Danny Mills dealt his former side a hammer-blow in the sixtieth minute with a powerful low shot from twenty yards that crept inside Kiely's post. The win brought three points that puts them top of the Premiership.