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OPPOSITION VIEW: CHARLTON ATHLETIC

29 September 2014

Essential reading on Tuesday's opponents

CHARLTON ATHLETIC

Nickname: Addicks
Manager: Bob Peeters
2013/14: 18th
Ground: The Valley
Fastest road route from Carrow Road: 116 miles (2 hours 9 minutes)

THE LOWDOWN
Eighth-placed Charlton are one of only five clubs in the English football pyramid who are still protecting an unbeaten league record as they prepare to visit Carrow Road on Tuesday night.

Bob Peeters’ side have drawn six of their nine Sky Bet Championship games up to now, including five of their last six. They were held to a 0-0 draw by Middlesbrough at the Valley on Saturday.

“Charlton have been tough to break down and played some aesthetically-pleasing football,” said Richard Cawley, who covers the club for the South London Press.


Last year was testing for the one-time Premier League stalwarts, with popular manager Chris Powell dismissed in March and survival only confirmed in their penultimate game of the season against Watford.

They brought in nine players in the summer, with Angola international striker Igor Vetokele the standout success – he has five league goals already this season.

Charlton’s one major trophy came when they won the FA Cup in 1947, and they lead the Canaries in the overall head-to-head record between the two teams, with 33 wins to City’s 26.

They have one former Norwich City player in their ranks: Rhoys Wiggins (2009-10), who only played three times during his short stay in Norfolk.

MATCH PREVIEW | NORWICH CITY v CHARLTON ATHLETIC

THE BOSS
Former Belgium international striker Bob Peeters took over the managerial reins at the Valley in May this year.

The 40-year-old was appointed by fellow countryman and Charlton owner Roland Duchatelet after Jose Riga’s short-term contract expired at the end of the last season.


After some initial scepticism Peeters has endeared himself to the club’s fans by leading the team to an unbeaten start to the season and introducing a stylish type of football.

“Charlton are certainly playing their best football since returning to the Championship and that is down to Peeters’ desire to see them pass the ball and not resort to long balls,” added Cawley when interviewed for Tuesday night’s official programme.

“The fans were disappointed to see former head coach Jose Riga leave at the end of last season but Peeters’ is a passionate character on the touchline and they have taken to him.”

Peeters had previously coached Cercle Brugge, Gent and Waasland-Beveren in his native country before moving to south London.

THE SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Stephen Henderson, Dillon Phillips, Nick Pope, Dimitar Mitov.

Defenders: Lawrie Wilson, Joe Gomez, Michael Morrison, Andre Bikey-Amougou, Rhoys Wiggins, Chris Solly, Morgan Fox, Tal Ben Haim.

Midfielders: Johnnie Jackson (c), Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Frederic Bulot, Franck Moussa, Callum Harriott, Yoni Buyens, Jordan Cousins, Kadell Daniel, Jack Munns.

Forwards: Igor Vetokele, Simon Church, Zak Ansah, George Tucudean.

NEXT MATCH AT CARROW ROAD
Charlton Athletic, Tue 30 September – 19:45
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