Murphy: Fatigue cost us
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Danny Murphy has blamed a lack of squad depth for Charlton's dismal recent form.Danny Murphy has blamed a lack of squad depth for Charlton's dismal recent showing in The Premiership.
The Addicks have picked up just two points in their last seven games, a run of poor form that boss Alan Curbishley has described as the most difficult period in his managerial career.
The Charlton boss looks set to overhaul his squad in the summer after another disappointing end to a campaign, and new faces will be needed if the London outfit are to prove more suitable for the duration next term.
Murphy admitted that the The Addicks suffered from fatigue in recent weeks, and lamented their inability to keep players fresh over the course of the year.
"I think tiredness has to be an issue," said Murphy.
"The freshness and momentum that characterised our mid-season performances doesn't seem to be there at the moment.
"I think purely and simply the size of the squad comes into it.
"Other clubs with bigger squads can afford to rotate and rest players, but we are not in a position to do that.
"The game is played at such a tempo these days that players need breaks - especially a side like us that needs to be on top of its work-rate to get consistent results.
"That said, it's not something we are going to hide behind because we know we are capable of much better than we have showed in the last couple of months."
Curbishley's position has been in some doubt after he appeared to concede that he was seriously reviewing his role at The Valley after a 4-0 defeat to Manchester United.
However club chairman Richard Murray has moved to declare that Curbishley will stay with The Addicks, and praised the job he had done under tight financial constraints.
"Alan has done a fantastic job at Charlton with a restricted budget and he isn't going anywhere," Murray told the Daily Mail.
"Our total gate income each season is £7 million - a club like Tottenham's is £22 million, we can't pay players £50,000-a-week, we're not in that league.
"Alan has done a great job keeping Charlton in The Premiership and will continue to do so."