As well as Charlton Athletic are performing this season, manager Bob Peeters insists he has no interest in the current Championship table.
Having finished 18th in the standings last season and thereby avoiding relegation by just seven points, Jose Riga left his position as head coach at the end of the campaign. Peeters was brought in to replace his fellow Belgian, and he was tasked with ensuring the Addicks were not dragged into another battle to avoid a return to a League One they last played in during 2011-12.
However, the 40-year-old has made a better than expected start to the season. The 1-0 win at Reading on Saturday afternoon was their sixth of the season, and lifts them to seventh in the table, a point off a playoff berth and just five behind leaders Derby County. Peeters, though, is refusing to look at the current league ladder, insisting he will only do so when the New Year arrives.
“The only thing I care about now is that we have 27 points, for me that is the most important thing,” he said. “I’m not looking at the table now with 29 games to play, but if we can keep our shape and keep getting the points then it’s very positive and we will reassess in January. But we need to enjoy it. Our players deserve a good rest now before we face the biggest game of the season for the fans next.”
Due to the international break there is no Championship calendar this weekend. When the domestic action resumes Charlton host capital rivals Millwall at The Valley, which will provide the home side with the opportunity to move 12 points ahead of their opponents, which is another mark of progress as they finished the 2013-14 season just three points ahead of Ian Holloway’s side.