Charlton Athletic forward Conor Washington endured a disappointing afternoon on Saturday as Nigel Adkins’ side once again slipped up in their push to secure a top-six finish.
With the knowledge that a win against Accrington Stanley would have provided the Addicks with a great platform to go on and secure a League One play-off position come the end of the regular season, the southeast London side once again failed to fully grasp their opportunity, barley salvaging a 1-1 draw with John Coleman’s mid-table team.
The result means that, if Charlton are to have any hope of finishing their campaign in the top six, they now must win their game in hand on their promotion rivals against Lincoln City on Tuesday evening, with the Addicks currently sitting in eighth place in the League One standings, three points behind sixth-placed Portsmouth.
In the fixture against Accrington itself, Washington turned in the most disappointing performance of any of Adkins’ team, with the 28-year-old’s SofaScore match rating of 6.3 ranking him as the club’s worst player in the match.
This lowly rating is likely to be because of just how much the game passed the Northern Irishman by, with the striker touching the ball a mere 16 times over his 58 minutes on the pitch – an amount less than that of goalkeeper Ben Amos – as well as attempting just six passes.
Compounding Washington’s personal misery further, his second-half replacement, Chuks Aneke, came on to score the dramatic 95th-minute equalising goal for the Addicks, in addition to the 27-year-old having a much more positive impact on the game than Washington – registering one key pass, having two shots on target, winning four of his six duels and earning a SofaScore match rating of 7.6.
As such, if it were not for the introduction of Aneke, Washington’s display on Saturday could well have definitively cost Charlton a spot in the play-off places.
So, if Adkins chooses to stick with the 28-year-old for the crucial clash upcoming clash with Lincoln, he must ensure that does not let his manager down once again, or else the Addicks may be facing another season in the third tier of English football.