Dowie wants more signings before window shuts
Charlton boss Iain Dowie has every intention of keeping himself busy right up until the transfer window shuts.
There have been plenty of fresh faces both on and off the pitch at The Valley this summer as Dowie looks to stamp his mark on the squad inherited from long-term manager Alan Curbishley.
Although Djimi Traore - one of nine new additions - must serve a one-match ban for tonight's visit of Manchester United, the Addicks supporters could well see the likes of veteran striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, on-loan keeper Scott Carson, Amdy Faye and Andy Reid all in competitive action for the first time at home.
Dowie, though, admits there are still one or two targets he would like to bring to the south-east London club before the end of the month.
'Certainly we will continue to look at areas where we can strengthen the squad - that is very important and if we can do it, we will,' the Charlton manager said.
'There are one or two areas in which I would like to improve, but I will keep those to myself.
'Whether it happens or not before the deadline, we are not sure but we hope so.'
Costa Rica winger Cristian Bolanos is, however, unlikely to feature tonight as his work permit application continues to be processed.
'We are just waiting on the right documentation to come through,' Dowie revealed.
'We believed it was going to be very clear - but it has not turned out that way.
'However, we are still very hopeful and will have to see how it pans out.'
The Addicks suffered a 3-1 defeat at London rivals West Ham on the opening day of the Barclays Premiership campaign, where they took an early lead through Darren Bent before the balance of the match changed following the dismissal of Traore for two cautions inside the first 30 minutes.
Despite the disappointment of starting his reign with a loss, Dowie felt there were plenty of positives from the weekend as he looks to make history tomorrow by guiding Charlton to their maiden victory over United in the Premier League.
'The West Ham result was a bit harsh on the lads - but that happens sometimes when you are down to 10 men,' said the Addicks boss.
'However, we now move on - it is very important we put that behind us because there were lots of good things and plenty to work on.
'Against United is the ultimate test, against probably the best team the Premiership has had in the time it has been been going.
'That is what we want - it is about playing against the best.
'It is our first home game and we have got to make sure that the fans go away entertained.
'That is very important and I am very keen for that to happen.'