WIN or lose, one person who is always drawing at Charlton is assistant manager Keith Peacock, whose mysterious charts have already attained legendary status at the club.

For located in the corner of his office, among all the potential transfer targets and training schedules, is one of the foundations of the Addicks' management strategy a

series of small tables which track the club's progress throughout the season.

"I use the main chart to compare anticipated points with those actually gained," explained Keith. "I always treat 42 points as the safety mark, and everything is geared around reaching that target first and foremost.

"At the halfway stage, we were two points behind our predictions, but that's probably because I've examined the fixtures and believe the second half of the season is slightly tougher than the first."

Peacock's charts may sound complicated but they serve a useful purpose, highlighting games in which he believes the Addicks can pick up crucial points and others where the team could struggle.

"We're okay at the moment," said Keith. "However, it doesn't take a genius to see the recent two games against Blackburn upset my predictions slightly, because I expected us to take something from both matches.

"The great thing is when the bonus balls come in," he laughed. "They're the games when we obviously hope to get all three points but it's not realistic to expect that return, such as games at Arsenal and Chelsea."

Peacock's second chart mirrors those fantasy footballer' tables, which credit players for their performance, for keeping clean-sheets, scoring goals and gaining assists'. And it's no surprise to find out which player is top of that chart.

"Now and again, you have to give credit for real consistency," agreed Keith. "The form of Dean Kiely has been outstanding this season. He's had a huge influence on the team and it's up to him to continue in that vein.

"I mark individual performances on my chart and it never lies, despite the four goals he conceded last Saturday. Dean's even been helping create goals as well, such as for Kevin Lisbie for the winner against Ipswich.

"If you want a half-term report, I'd say we are going along nicely with no room for complacency. It's tight at present, it's not easy winning games and it's definitely not easy predicting results, either."