Midfielder Jake Forster-Caskey targeting more goals

George Jones reports

Jake Forster-Caskey has developed an eye for goal in recent weeks and now he is targeting more.
The cultured midfielder, who joined Charlton from Brighton & Hove Albion in the January transfer window, opened the scoring in Saturday’s win at Chesterfield with an eye-catching strike from 20 yards.

He was presented with the opportunity to double his tally in the dying seconds of the game when, having run the length of the pitch, he was bundled to the floor inside the penalty area.

But his spot-kick was saved and now he is intent on registering his name on the scoresheet on a more regular basis.

“I feel like I need to add more goals to my game,” he said. “People will say that I’m quite neat and tidy but if you can start adding goals and assists you become much more valuable and can impact the game a lot more.

“I’ve been working hard to try and improve that. Lee Bowyer has come in and helped and Johnnie Jackson always helps me and tells me I need to get into the box more.

“The gaffer as well has been on at me about scoring more goals, so I’ve been working hard behind the scenes and hopefully now it’s paying off.”

He added: “I’ve only scored a handful of goals in my career. I’m still young so if I can keep improving then hopefully the goals will come.

“Hopefully they do because if we’re looking to next season – if we can score from midfield and all different areas – they’re the teams that go up.”

Forster-Caskey, who celebrates his 23rd birthday on Tuesday, impressed in the weekend victory but he was left with mixed emotions after the game.

He said: “It’s nice to win but I’m a little bit gutted about the penalty at the end.

“Overall, we’re happy to have started picking up results because now it’s about looking ahead to next year and going into next season with a positive vibe.”

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