Charlton Athletic midfielder Jake Forster-Caskey endured a disappointing evening at The Valley on Tuesday, as Nigel Adkins’ side slipped up in their push to secure a top-six finish in the league.
Knowing that a win would have significantly boosted their chances of securing a League One play-off spot come the end of the season, the Addicks ultimately failed to see the game out against a mid-table Crewe Alexandra side, as, despite taking the lead twice on the night, a last-gasp Owen Dale strike saw David Artell’s team leave southeast London with a share of the spoils, with the fixture ending 2-2.
The result means that Charlton remain in eighth place in the league standings, two points behind Portsmouth in sixth, albeit with a game in hand on their promotion-chasing rivals.
In the fixture itself, Forster-Caskey was one of the poorer performers for Adkins’ team, with the midfielder winning just four of his 14 duels, totalling a mere 29% success rate.
The former Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder did see a large share of the ball for his side, with his 64 touches ranking as the most out of any Charlton player on the night, however, the 27-year-old also managed to lose possession for his side on 17 occasions, with no other Addicks player doing so more.
Overall, Forster-Caskey earned a SofaScore match rating of just 6.5 for his efforts over the 90 minutes, the joint-lowest of any Charlton player to start the fixture.
As such, considering just how important the former England U21 international has been within Adkins’ side so far this season – with the midfielder’s seasonal SofaScore match rating of 7.31 ranking him as the club’s best performer in the third tier – it is essential that Forster-Caskey ups his game once again over the three remaining games of Charlton’s league campaign, or else they could be set to face another season languishing in League One. He let his side down on Tuesday, he can’t do that again in the upcoming fixtures.