Charlton: Peeters delighted with seven points

By Rob Virtue on August 19, 2014 10:11 PM |

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Charlton's Bob Peeters praised his strikers as Addicks won their second game in a row at home in the 3-2 victory over Derby.

The Addicks' manager was also delighted with his side's start to the season, which has seen them with two wins and a draw.

Peeters said: "Derby kept passing and moving in the first half and we didn't have an answer but football's about taking your chances.

"If you start with a new management and bring players in it takes time to gel together but if you can start with seven point out nine you're very happy and today we showed glimpses of very good football. That's what we need to keep doing."

Goals from George Tucudean, Yoni Buyens and Igor Vetokele gave Charlton victory. However, a late slip by young keeper Nick Pope ensured a tight finish.

But Peeters was quick to defend the 22-year-old and praised his side for holding on for the win against a strong Derby side.

"We started well for the first 20 minutes - the best I've seen us play and Derby didn't have an answer," he said.

"But as soon as we were 1-0 up we started backing off and we didn't win second balls, we didn't stay close to eachother, we lost composure and Derby were fantastic.

"They scored a deserved goal and just when i was saying with 30 seconds to go 'try to hold on, to get to half-time' George Tucudean made some superb moves and it's 2-1.

"In the second-half I thought we were going to get chances and we needed to take them because they were attacking with a lot of people. They brought a striker on but at the right moment we made it 3-1.

"Then you normally sit back in the dug-out and have a cigar and enjoy the game but we gave an easy goal away.

"The goalkeeper made a mistake but he's a young guy who works hard and I'm so happy everyone worked hard to hold on because he's liberated.

"Now we need him back Saturday so he needs to learn from the mistake and work from Thursday again and hopefully he can help us again."

And Peeters' said the early results were a nice response to critics who tipped the Addicks for relegation at the start of the season.

"Never trust the bookies," he joked. "Always before the season they say 'this is the favourite' but it is all about keeping focus. It's about winning games and the way you win them. We deserve our points.

"But opponents will change and everyone will come here and try to beat us now. My concern now is Huddersfield on Saturday."

Derby boss Steve McClaren said he was not surprised with Charlton's good start in a competitive Championship.

"The margins are very fine," he said. "At the moment Charlton are going well. They are a nice organised team who caused us problems. They've started well up front and scored three goals. They will be delighted.

"Many teams in the Championship have improve and Charlton are one of them."