Charlton Athletic midfielder Alex Gilbey endured a disappointing evening on Tuesday, despite the Addicks’ crucial League One victory.
Knowing that nothing short of victory against Lincoln City would have ended Charlton’s hopes of securing a top-six finish come the end of the season, Nigel Adkins’ side turned in a highly impressive display in a 3-1 win against the Imps, with goals from Jayden Stockley, Ryan Inniss and Chuks Aneke ensuring that the southeast London side remain in with a shout of clinching a play-off spot on Saturday.
The win means that the Addicks are now just one point behind Portsmouth in sixth place and level on points with Oxford United in seventh, meaning that Charlton will have to better Pompey’s result against Accrington Stanley, as well as Oxford’s against Burton Albion, when Adkins’ side face table-toppers Hull City in order to seal their place in the League One play-offs.
However, one player who will undoubtedly be hoping for a better performance on Saturday in comparison to Tuesday will be Alex Gilbey, as, despite his side’s victory, the 26-year-old turned in a disappointing display, with his SofaScore match rating of 6.3 ranking him as the club’s worst player on the night.
This lowly ranking is likely to be down to a number of factors, including his sloppy passing – completing just 20 of his 30 attempted passes, with his 67% accuracy rate ranking him as Addicks’ joint second-worst passer in the fixture – his six fouls – double the number of fouls conceded by the next highest Charlton player – and the fact that he lost possession of the ball on 15 separate occasions.
Charlton may have got the win they needed, but Gilbey’s individul performance let his manager down and he’ll need to be much better next week.
As such, with so much at stake in the game against Hull on Saturday, the £5,500-per-week man will certainly have to up his game if the Addicks are to have any chance of securing a result against the Tigers. If he doesn’t, the midfielder could well cost his side a shot at promotion.