Charlton Athletic collected a valuable point against Championship promotion contenders Fulham last night as they held Scott Parker’s side to a goalless draw at The Valley.
The Craven Cottage outfit would have been hoping to extend their winning run to three matches against Lee Bowyer’s men, but the Addicks produced a resolute display to prevent their opponents from moving to within one point of second-placed Leeds.
The result means that Charlton remain at 19th in the second-tier table as they hover above the relegation zone, but they have now secured a point against two of the top three teams in recent weeks following their 2-2 draw with West Brom earlier this month.
Charlton have needed to contend with a significant injury crisis so far this campaign, with a number of Bowyer’s key players having missed chunks of the season, but this has created the opportunity for a number of youth players to step up into the team.
Alfie Doughty is one of those players who has seriously impressed since being introduced to the first-team fold in late October, with the talented midfielder having now registered a total of nine Championship starts for the South London side.
The 20-year-old was in the thick of the action as Charlton drew 0-0 with their London rivals on Wednesday night, so we’ve taken a look at some of his numbers from the game…
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Doughty managed to complete the 90 minutes against Parker’s side which means he has now played the full match in five of Charlton’s last six matches, and the Addicks’ academy product produced an accomplished display against the Cottagers.
The midfielder worked seriously hard for his side to help frustrate Fulham in all aspects of the game, and this extended to their attacking efforts with the 20-year-old posing a goalscoring threat by registering two of his side’s four attempts during the match.
Doughty also showed the most willingness to create chances for Charlton’s attackers as he made two key passes over the course of the match, and while this may seem like a relatively small number, it was in fact more than any of his team-mates could manage.
He also regularly utilised his excellent pace to make bursts down the channel against the Cottagers, and this enabled him to send a total of six crosses into the box for his team-mates, but none of these could be converted.
The one statistic that Doughty will be looking to improve is his pass completion rate which came in at 55.6% on Wednesday night, but it should be noted that this is partly due to the midfielder taking regular risks to try and push his side forward.
Doughty did not only prove his capabilities in an attacking sense, but he also showed plenty of energy to track back and win the ball for his side, with the former Bromley loanee making a respectable four tackles throughout the match.
Overall, Doughty’s strong performance against high-quality opposition in Fulham proves that he now belongs in the Charlton first-team fold, with the midfielder having been the player who has perhaps benefitted most from the Addicks’ injury problems.