Charlton have no grand illusions, says Curbishley

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  • Sunday, 28 Dec 2003

LONDON: Charlton Athletic boss Alan Curbishley was unsurprisingly elated over his team's huge win over Chelsea but he was not about to fuel any unrealistic expectations. 

“It was a big game and a great performance and result but we won't get carried away,” said Curbishley. 

“I think Liverpool and Newcastle will make up the top five over the course of the full season. 

“You'll see them come through but after that, this league is very tight. You can be sitting fourth now but with a bad run you could finish fourth from bottom. 

“It's nice though to be in a decent position coming up to the half-way mark.” 

Unlike his Chelsea counterpart Ranieri, Curbishley will have no money to spend in the January transfer window and any deals he might do would be for small fees or loan agreements. 

“We have a squad strong enough for the top half of the league but I need the likes of Luke Young, Kevin Lisbie, Shaun Bartlett back from injury,” said Curbishley. 

The Charlton boss also admitted that the rise of midfielder Scott Parker had given the club a lift.  

Parker earned his first England cap in the friendly against Denmark last month and England assistant boss Tord Grip was in the stands to see him eclipse the work of Chelsea's internationals Joe Cole and Frank Lampard. 

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