Academy Notes: Miles Leaburn

Charlton Athletic U18s striker Miles Leaburn spoke to Valley Gold after the recent 2-1 win at home to London rivals Millwall.

The Centre Forward signed from Chelsea at U16 and is the son of former Addicks striker Carl Leaburn and the club’s Player Liaison Officer Tracey told Valley Gold:

“Throughout the whole of the first half, we were in complete control and dominated all aspects of the game. With conditions in our favour, the wind made it very difficult for Millwall to play allowing us to press them. We had many opportunities at their goal, but our efforts were either aimed too high or were straight at the goalkeeper. Until the 32nd minute, when a darting run from Tyreece Campbell offered him the chance to cut back on to his right foot to send a shot into the far top right corner to give us a deserved lead. Ten minutes later Jason Adigun scored to make it two. He chased a loose pass and was able to win the ball back and score past the advancing goalkeeper.

“In the second half, now with the wind against us, Millwall came out and were pressing much more and we weren’t in as much control as the first half. There was a lot of end-to-end football and the first real opportunity came for Millwall when a ball was played through but Nathan Harvey made a great save in the 58th minute. A good opportunity for us to extend the lead came in the 64th minute when a Dylan Gavin header was tipped onto the crossbar.

“Millwall grabbed a lifeline in the 71st minute, they won the ball back high up the pitch and counter-attacked effectively to make it 2-1. For the remaining minutes, Millwall put us under intense pressure with many chances but our defence stayed strong and held out for the rest of the game.”

“This game was very significant for us as the three points takes us to the top of the table, a great feeling, with a one-point lead. This asks a question of Ipswich Town, as they have a game in hand and if they draw or lose we stay top.”

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