Stephy Mavididi played the full 90 minutes for Charlton Athletic as they lost at home to Oxford United but the Arsenal man came close to scoring a number of times for the League One side and was hailed by fans.
A ‘determined run’ from the Arsenal man did help set up a chance for his side after just three minutes. Getting the ball to Lewis Page, it was then cut back to Nathan Byrne who’s effort crashed against the bar.
He was then involved again, testing the Oxford keeper just three minutes later with a ‘stinging drive’.
Around the half hour mark, with his side a goal down, Mavididi called the U’s keeper into action once again. A jinking run past a few players was followed by a low drive, but Simon Eastwood was equal to it.
In the second half, he also saw another great effort strike the base of the post after he’d skipped past his man and cut inside. “It would have been a brilliant, individual goal from the on-loan Arsenal man,” said the official match report on Charlton’s site
After the game, pundits, along with Charlton and Oxford fans, were quick to praise the Arsenal man on Twitter:
Mavididi looked really dangerous for Charlton tonight
— ¯_(ツ)_/¯ (@aoajames) February 21, 2017
Had a few Arsenal fans earlier in the season not enjoying the reality on Dan Crowley. Better news – Stephy Mavididi can really play.
— George Dugdale (@GeorgeDugdale) February 21, 2017
Although tonight was awful, that Mavididi is something else. Stood out for us tonight at times.
— Harvey Pinder (@HarveyPinder) February 21, 2017
Arsenal will have a queue of clubs looking to take Stephy Mavididi on loan next season – big future!
— DAVID JONES (@DavidJonesSky) February 21, 2017
MAVIDIDI. Unreal baller. #cafc
— Lewis (@CAFCWheeler) February 21, 2017
Speaking after the match, manager, Karl Robinson, said, “It’s not been good enough – it’s as simple as that.
“And ultimately, as the manager, you have to take responsibility. They scored from 35 yards out and from there on in, we had the better chances.
“We hit the post, the bar and had one cleared off the line, but despite me saying that, it’s still nowhere near good enough. There’s no cohesiveness in the group.
“There’s a disconnect between the back four and the midfield. The midfield got a little bit of stick, but when they’re covering almost 60 or 70 yards between them because the gaps between our strikers and the back four are so big, it’s becoming almost a pitch to themselves for the midfield players.
“We weren’t outplayed, really. They got a goal early on and made it difficult for us.”
“I have to take responsibility, it’s not just the players,” he continued.
The Addicks manager also confirmed that the club would look to appeal John Lundstram’s 70th minute straight card for a late challenge.
“It wasn’t a sending off,” Robinson added, “but I won’t use the referee as an excuse for our bad performance.
“He got pulled clearly and should have had a free-kick, at no stage were his feet off the ground, he goes for it with his right foot and because his legs are so wide apart, he catches him. It’s a clear booking, but it’s never a red card and we’ll be looking to appeal it.”