Parker sends Leeds crashing
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Australian striker Kewell fired The Whites ahead with a goal against the run of play on 42 minutes with a superb 25-yard strike into the top corner, however it was not enough for under-fire Terry Venables.
Charlton, for their part, dominated the contest in periods and narrowly deserved their win. They could have even sown up the points earlier had they not been so wasteful in front of goal.
Venables opted for Michael Duberry and Jonathan Woodgate in the heart of United's defence, keeping the pair together following their solid display in the Uefa Cup tie in Malaga.
And it was the Leeds back-line who were under pressure the most in the first period. Strikers Lisbie and Shaun Bartlett were causing numerous problems for the home side.
Just moments after Paul Robinson made a superb diving save to deny Jason Euell, who rose superbly to meet Paul Konchesky's left-wing cross, United found themselves ahead.
Kewell picked up the ball deep and rode one tackle before sending an unstoppable shot past Dean Kiely from 25-yards out.
The home side, buoyed on by their goal before the break, began the better of the sides in the second half, and almost doubled their advantage when Woodgate headed over with a free header.
Charlton should have been level after 57 minutes, however Jon Fortune's header only three yards out managed to drift over the bar when it looked easier to score.
Lee Bowyer then went close from distance, before Lisbie levelled matters for the visitors.
The 24-year-old hit a superb right-footed volley from six yards out past a helpless Robinson.
Leeds went in search of the winner, and came close when substitute Michael Bridges hit the post after a knock-down from Alan Smith, before Parker nicked the points for the South East London outfit.
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Leeds United 1 Charlton Athletic 2