Curbs praise for keepers
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Alan Curbishley has revealed his delight at having two quality keepers at the club.Charlton boss Alan Curbishley has revealed his delight at having two top quality goalkeepers at the club.
Dean Kiely, one of the most dependable keepers in The Premiership in recent years, has been kept out of the team this season with a broken finger, and has seen his replacement, Stephan Andersen, grab his opportunity with both hands.
Since Kiely has returned to full fitness Curbishley has had to make a difficult decision on his number one, but is set to persist with Andersen for the time being.
"We brought Stephan in to put pressure on Dean, and that is what he has done," the manager observed.
"Dean has been our goalkeeper for the last six years and I do not think he has ever sat on the bench, so it's all new for him, and he is not happy about it.
"For me at the moment to have a keeper of his calibre not getting in the side is a great strength for us."
The fierce competition between the two can only increase, with Kiely stating his desperation to reclaim his jersey, while Andersen has said he will do his utmost to keep his place in the side.
"Deano prides himself on being number one," said Curbishley.
"I never manufactured the situation where Stephan went in there instead. But now he has more experience, which is good, although I do not want to look too far into the future."