Peeters not ruling out more Charlton signings ahead of Brentford opener

Johnnie Jackson missed a penalty in today's win at Pompey

Johnnie Jackson missed a penalty in today's win at Pompey

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Charlton manager Bob Peeters is refusing to rule out adding to his squad before the Addicks face Brentford next week in their first Championship match of the season.

The Belgian boss was speaking following Charlton’s 2-1 away pre-season victory over Portsmouth and is unsure whether his side will have even more new faces next weekend.

Peeters said: “We are always looking for players who can add something to our team, so you never know.

“But at this moment this is the squad who we will play with.”

Another absentee at Pompey was summer signing Franck Moussa, but Peeters is hopeful the ex-Coventry midfielder can play a part against Brentford next weekend.

“Moussa normally joins training with the team on Monday,” the head coach said.

“He’s been working on a back problem for a long time and he might be ready for the first game but he won’t be ready for 90 minutes.”

Despite a good display on the south coast, Charlton’s boss is unsure if his side is completely ready for the new season.

“I don’t think the fitness is not yet 100 percent but it takes a while for everyone to get used to each other.

“The most important thing is everyone is fit and well. We will see next week if we are ready enough.

“You always have something in your mind as to what the team will be but we need to see who is fit to play against Brentford and then pick a team that has the best chance to get something out of the game.”

Two of Peeters’ summer signings, George Tucudean and Igor Vetokele, were on the scoresheet against Portsmouth.

And the manager was pleased with the duo’s impact following a lack of goals so far this pre-season.

He said: “In the last few games we have had five or six chances that we didn’t score and today we didn’t have a lot of chances and we should have scored three.

“I was very happy with the first half.

“The second half was more long ball and that’s not our game.”

Charlton should have wrapped things up when awarded a penalty in the second half which saw Johnnie Jackson and Tal Ben Haim argue over who took it.

In the end, Jackson got the nod from the dugout to take the spot-kick – only to miss from 12 yards.

Peeters added: “I don't like people fighting for the ball to take the penalty.

“So I made a decision and Jackson was going to get the penalty and he missed, which was just typical.” 

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