David Davis put in an encouraging performance on his Charlton Athletic debut, despite the 3-1 loss against Stoke City.
Many fans were left frustrated after the game, and rightly so, as this was a real opportunity for the Addicks to push themselves away from the relegation zone.
However, they are now left just one place and four points above Wigan Athletic and the dropzone.
The performance was also unsatisfactory, as indicated by the fact Stoke had eight more shots, 9.4% more possession, and eight more corners, while also coming out on top in 11 aerial duels.
However, when looking for a slight positive to take from the game, one can be found in the performance of debutant Davis.
It was far from spectacular, but there is still reason for Lee Bowyer to be encouraged.
Of all the Charlton players on the pitch, only Ben Purrington and Josh Cullen were awarded a higher rating by WhoScored than his 6.5.
The 28-year-old completed all four of the tackles that he attempted – making a higher number than any other Addick – while also going on to make one clearance. In addition to that, the loanee came out on top in two aerial duels.
He also showed composure with the ball at his feet, completing both of the dribbles that he attempted throughout the match – his tally put him joint-highest with teammate Erhun Oztumer.
The midfielder managed a pass success of 73%, which could use some improvement moving forward, but that is still higher than the team’s average of 70%. It should also be noted that this is 9% higher than his midfield partner Darren Pratley’s accuracy.
This was not the type of debut that will blow the fans away, but there are reasons for encouragement to be taken from it.
Meanwhile, Bowyer made an honest admission after the game.