Charlton were left frustrated as they were knocked out of the League Cup on Tuesday night by their League One rivals AFC Wimbledon.
Paul Osew’s goal in the 26th minute was enough to seal the Dons’ progressing through to the second round, leaving Nigel Adkins pondering what went wrong in the game.
This comes after the Addicks were held to a 0-0 draw by Darren Moore’s Sheffield Wednesday in their League One opener at the weekend, which means that they have failed to score a single goal in their first two competitive matches of the season.
Naturally, this will draw attention towards the attackers and one forward, in particular, struggled to grasp his opportunity against Wimbledon.
21-year-old centre-forward Josh Davidson was handed the chance to stake a claim for his place in the side with a start on Tuesday night and he failed to make the most of his outing.
With Jayden Stockley joining the club permanently from Preston North End this summer, Davidson may not get too many more opportunities to show what he is capable of in a Charlton shirt this season. He needed to prove to Adkins that he is a reliable option – particularly against League One opposition – and that he can be called upon if needed in the coming weeks/months.
Unfortunately, he ended up putting in a disaster of a performance that will leave Adkins livid.
The Charlton boss will be fuming with what he witnessed from the attacker, as Davidson struggled across the board. Not only did he complete just seven passes in 90 minutes, but he also lost a whopping 67% of his ground and aerial duels throughout the match.
He had 17 touches of the ball, resulting in four duels being won, one big chance missed and five losses of possession along with his seven passes – as per SofaScore.
This shows that he was not good enough in his all-around play or when it really matters in front of goal, which is why Adkins will be devastated with Davidson’s display.
The former Peterborough man could now be waiting a long time for another start as the Addicks boss will surely not want to pick him any time soon after this shocking showing, with Stockley primed to return next weekend in place of him.