Charlton Athletic extended their unbeaten run to nine matches but did little to bolster their chances of reaching the League One playoffs as they drew with fellow promotion-chasers Ipswich Town at The Valley on Saturday afternoon.
The Addicks dominated the second half, recording 61% possession and recording nine of their 12 attempts at goal, though ultimately, they could not find the net and that largely came down to Jayden Stockley, who proved wasteful in attack.
Nigel Adkins’ side now remain two points adrift of a playoff position but with two games in hand, they could quickly gain ground – however, the manager will need his frontman to be far better, especially in the absence of injured duo Chuks Aneke and Conor Washington, who have combined for 23 of Charlton’s 57 goals.
The 27-year-old Preston loanee was certainly not starved of chances, as he recorded 45 touches of the ball, which was more than playmaker Alex Gilbey (40) and ball-playing defender Jason Pearce (35).
Of the Addicks’ 12 shots, Stockley accounted for three of them and 33.3% of their shots on target were from him too, so evidently, he was particularly careless in front of goal.
In possession, the 6 foot 2 striker was equally reckless as he made only 53% of his 30 passing attempts and lost the ball a squad-high 19 times, meaning he handed the advantage back to the Tractor Boys once every 2.3 touches – or once every 4.7 minutes, as per SofaScore.
Adkins would have deployed the £810k-rated star as a target man once again but he struggled in that sense too, losing five of 15 aerial duels, also committing three fouls, the joint-most of anyone on the pitch.
A win would’ve put the south-east Londoners in a very strong position going into the final few matches of the season and had Stockley not been so wasteful on the day, then he may well have been the match-winner.
Charlton best hope they don’t come back to regret this outing come to the end of the campaign.
AND in other news, Charlton must wave goodbye to “exciting” 29 y/o dud this summer…