Charlton and Leeds should be top two, says Sodje
Sam Sodje has questioned Norwich City's right to automatic promotion - even though they were crowned champions with two games to go. The Charlton defender insists the best two footballing teams in League One are, not surprisingly, the Addicks, and their opponents tomorrow, Leeds United - where he once played.
Sam Sodje has questioned Norwich City's right to automatic promotion - even though they were crowned champions with two games to go.
The Charlton defender insists the best two footballing teams in League One are, not surprisingly, the Addicks, and their opponents tomorrow, Leeds United - where he once played. City have already won League One thanks in part to the promotion-clinching victory at Charlton two weeks ago.
The Nigerian says they are 'the best two teams in League One by far', '100pc' - despite City sitting nine points ahead of Leeds and 14 above Charlton.
'All the best to Norwich and no disrespect to them,' he said. 'They did what they needed to do and they're promoted already. That's what matters.
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'But if we're talking about the best footballing teams in the division then it's Charlton and Leeds, definitely. We should both be going up. I want it to happen - but Charlton automatically and Leeds through the play-offs.'
Sodje may have ignored some of League One's vital statistics:
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t City have scored 86 goals, Leeds 75, Charlton 68;
t City have won 28 games, Leeds 24, Charlton 21;
t City have a goal difference of 41, Leeds' is 33, Charlton's is 20.
Sodje could be in for a nasty dose of d�j� vu tomorrow - the Canaries used The Valley as their own personal stage to celebrate promotion a fortnight ago.
Tomorrow, the Addicks host Leeds knowing that a win for Simon Grayson's team and a defeat for Millwall at Tranmere would be enough to settle the second automatic promotion spot.
Leeds are a point ahead of Millwall, with Swindon three points back in fourth. Charlton are a further point behind on 78, with Huddersfield making up the play-offs spots on 77.
'I don't think it's a two-horse race,' said Grayson. 'Other teams are capable of getting results in the next two games. But I'm not too bothered about what they do. If we were in third and relying on other results then you'd have to worry a little, but wein a position which we can take advantage of.'
Addicks boss Phil Parkinson knows it's very much a black and white situation for his team.
'The odds are stacked against us after Saturday's results, but we will keep going,' he said. 'The play-offs are a worst case scenario.'
Kenny Jackett's Millwall could ruin some hopes, with victory against a Tranmere side struggling to stave off the drop, but says he will not be distracted by events elsewhere.
'Keeping in touch with other matches isn't something I do, I just concentrate on our game,' he said. 'We will see at five o'clock how things have fallen for us.'