Charlton Athletic midfielder Liam Millar endured a disappointing afternoon as the Addicks’ hopes of reaching the League One play-offs were ended – despite their 1-0 win.
Heading into the fixture against Hull City, Nigel Adkins’ side knew that nothing but a win, coupled with a number of results elsewhere going their way, would give them a chance of securing a place in the play-offs come the final whistle.
And, despite the southeast London side holding up their end of the bargain, defeating Grant McCann’s table-toppers 1-0 at the Valley, as well as one of the required results going their way as Accrington Stanley shocked Portsmouth, Oxford United’s 4-0 win over Burton Albion ultimately meant that the Addicks missed out on a top-six finish on goal difference.
However, in the fixture against Hull itself, despite a number of Charlton players turning in impressive displays, Liam Millar will undoubtedly be looking to put his performance behind him as soon as possible.
Over the course of the 90 minutes, the game appeared to pass the 21-year-old by, with Millar having the ball taken past him by an opponent on three separate occasions, while he failed with all four of his own attempted dribbles.
The Canada international was also extremely wasteful with the ball, as the midfielder lost possession 13 times in the match, a figure only topped by Ian Maatsen in terms of every Charlton player on the day.
Furthermore, the £3,000-per-week man won just two of his 10 ground duels against Hull, a success rate of a mere 20%, while his total number of 43 touches in the fixture was less than that of the Addicks’ goalkeeper Ben Amos, who had 49.
Indeed, the 21-year-old’s overall SofaScore match rating of 6.7 was reflective of these metrics, with the midfielder ranking as Charlton’s second-worst player in the fixture of those who started the match.
Should Charlton keep Millar this summer?
As such, despite the fact that Charlton held up their end of the bargain in their push for the play-offs, it is undeniable that Millar’s performance let Adkins down on Sunday, and, if the former Liverpool man remains at the club beyond the summer, he will have to up his game considerably if he wishes to keep his spot in the Addicks starting XI next season.