Charlton: Peeters still looking to stay out of trouble

By Rob Virtue on September 1, 2014 12:30 PM |

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Charlton manager Bob Peeters said he has not changed his side's targets for the season - but that may change in January.

He started the season urging the team to steer clear of a relegation battle but after a five game unbeaten start he could have been tempted to raise his expectations.

The Addicks currently sit in sixth place going into the international break but after victory was snatched from them at Brighton on Saturday thanks to Lewis Dunk's injury-time equaliser in the 2-2 draw, the Charlton boss said there was still much work to do.

"I think we need to be very down to earth and work hard," he said. "We still have points to work on, such as with conceding late goals.

"We need to stay the same as we started the season. We don't want to get in trouble and we want an easy season, but if we see after January that we are still in a good position then we might do some business and aim higher.

"The team had a very tough season last season. We need to be very calm work hard and try to win the next home game."

One of the brightest points of the opening games has been the form of Igor Vetokele, who has scored five goals in his first five games.

Peeters said he has been pleased with his form and is not surprised at how quickly he has settled in the Championship.

"I've known Igor a long time and am aware he can do business here," he said. "It's not only Igor, the whole team is working together and that's why he can score the goals. He's important for the team but they need to provide for him too.

"Igor was at Copenhagen playing Champions League and I needed to convince him to come here and he now sees it's a good competition."

The manager added he had not set the striker a goal target for this season.

"In a few weeks he may not be scoring and people will start killing him for it," said Peeters.

"It's important we score throughout the team. He's an important player but it doesn't matter if it's Igor, Johnnie Jackson or Andre Bikey who scores the goals."