Nigel Adkins’ reign as Charlton Athletic boss began with a 2-2 draw against AFC Wimbledon on Saturday afternoon, though but for a defensive error, it could have been a perfect start.
The Addicks went into the break with the lead before the Dons were gifted a peach of a goal just 20 minutes into the second half when Ryan Longman tapped home his second after Akin Famewo clumsily under-hit a backpass to Ben Amos.
“We’ve conceded two really poor goals. The second, in particular – it’s about decision-making. I don’t understand why they have gone and made that decision,” lambasted Adkins in his post-game interview.
A lot of the blame could be shifted onto the young 20-year-old Norwich City loanee, but there were far more experienced members of the squad that let Adkins down in his very first game.
No visiting player was as wasteful as Chris Gunter, who has played under Adkins before at Reading.
The 31-year-old Welsh international lost possession a whopping 21 times, which was the most of any Addicks player, meaning he was at fault for handing the ball back to the opposition more than anyone else.
This will surely have Adkins fuming as he should be able to rely on the veteran.
Gunter also struggled to help contribute further up the pitch, failing to provide a single accurate cross from four attempts. Having opened the scoring with a header from Jayden Stockley, you’d expect to hit the opposition and their glaring weakness more often but the right-back failed to do that.
To cap an abysmal showing all-round, the 5 foot 11 dynamo was dribbled past once and could only make 71% of his 45 passing attempts – the second-worst of any outfield player in red, via SofaScore.
Had Gunter not been so careless with possession, then the Addicks may have been able to create more genuine goalscoring opportunities, and thus the one lapse in judgement from Famewo would’ve meant very little.
Aside from that, the centre-back was solid. He managed to record six clearances, two blocks and one tackle, whilst also winning nine of 13 duels, as per SofaScore.
It was Gunter who let his old boss down with a very underwhelming showing on Saturday afternoon.
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