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Charlton star makes honest admission about Derby victory

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Charlton Athletic’s Jake Forster-Caskey has claimed the win against Derby County at the weekend was ‘almost easy’, and has opened up about his new role at The Valley.

Macauley Bonne gave Charlton an early lead on Saturday, with goals from Naby Sarr and Conor Gallagher securing the points in the second-half.

The win took Charlton to 7th in the Championship, level on points with Preston in 6th.

Charlton’s Jake Forster-Caskey spoke to the press after the Derby victory:


“We outworked them – that was evident all game. We didn’t give them a chance or time on the ball… In the end it was almost an easy win.”

Caskey, 25, made just one appearance in his side’s promotion campaign last season due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

He was shown faith by Lee Bowyer though, with a contract renewal going into this season.

But Bowyer has deployed Forster-Caskey in a new role in the Championship, playing him as a left-wing back – he’s a central midfielder by trade.

“He is a manager who asks the players to give everything and we do that” said Forster-Caskey on Bowyer. “I’m playing out of position but he wants work-rate and to leave everything out there.

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“I’d rather be playing that not playing. I feel quite comfortable there [at left wing-back] and feel that I read the game quite well.

“There’s probably a bit more sprinting but you get more time on the ball than in central midfield.”

Forster-Caskey has started his side’s last two games at ledt-wing back, and could make his fifth appearance of the season at Bristol City on Wednesday night.

The verdict

Charlton got off to a flying start to the season, and after a sticky patch last month seem to be finding their best form again.

The win against Derby was arguably their most impressive of the season so far, and Charlton fans still have the return of Lyle Taylor to look forward to next month.

Forster-Caskey has adapted well to his new role, and has shown a good attitude towards the transition. He could quickly become a key figure for the Addicks on the left, as they look to breach the play-offs in a tough trip to Ashton Gate this week.

Freelance football journalist based in Sheffield. Postgraduate degree in Sports Journalism, and good experience in digital football writing and match reporting.

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