Curbs explains slow start
By Patrick Goss. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Charlton boss Alan Curbishley has insisted that the late arrivals of his summer signings gave them an uphill challenge to fit into the side.
Curbishley brought in Danny Murphy and Francis Jeffers just days before the campaign started, and with Dennis Rommedahl also a late arrival, The Addicks got off to a slow start to the season.
Charlton are now beginning to shows signs of a revival, and Curbishley believes that this is partly down to a more settled playing staff, with Murphy in particular showing his class.
"Danny came into the club three days before we played our first game at Bolton - like Francis Jeffers - while Dennis Rommedahl only joined three weeks before the season started," said Curbishley.
"I was thinking `shall I let them see what we are about or do I throw them in?' and Danny was one who got caught up in things with some inconsistent performances and he got left out.
"I said to him he wasn't doing it and that we needed certain things in our game at our club and that he wasn't doing it at the moment.
"We sat down with him and showed him a few tapes and videos of his performances and what we wanted from him.
"In fairness to Danny he got his head down, has worked tremendously hard and reaped the rewards and in the last couple of weeks has showed everyone what a player he is.
"When I went for him, I didn't think we would get him but he decided to join us and I think now he understands what we are all about and all that is missing from him at the moment is a goal.
"I know how it can go from when I was a player. I left West Ham to go to Birmingham and it doesn't always work out as you would like.
"The Blues manager Jim Smith left me out and I thought it was the end of the world.
"I was a big signing and I got left out but then the penny dropped, I did what was needed to get back in and that's what has happened to Danny."