Curbishley helps Town out

CHARLTON boss Alan Curbishley today gave permission for Chris Bart-Williams to stay with Ipswich for another month.The experienced midfielder has made a big impression on Joe Royle in his opening month and the manager said: "To hear he can stay longer is a major boost for us.

By Dave Allard

CHARLTON boss Alan Curbishley today gave permission for Chris Bart-Williams to stay with Ipswich for another month.

The experienced midfielder has made a big impression on Joe Royle in his opening month and the manager said: "To hear he can stay longer is a major boost for us.

"The initial agreement with Charlton was for a three-month loan in principle, but for it to be reviewed each month. If Charlton wanted him back they'd have every right to take him. But Alan Curbishley has been as good as gold and Chris stays on.

"Eventually I'd like to make the deal permanent, but at the moment it remains as a loan agreement. It is no coincidence that Jim Magilton's form has improved since Chris arrived. Chris has made a big impression in the dressing room as well as on the pitch. He's a very steady and reliable player who has gained great respect from all those around him," said Royle.

Town's three-game winning league run came to an end on Tuesday night when they lost 3-2 at Sunderland as Kevin Kyle struck a late winner for the home side.

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The Blues were heralded by many as the best side to visit the Stadium of Light this season.

Royle said: "It was so disappointing to come away with nothing. I think that as a team we're very close to being somewhere near where we want to be."

On Saturday the Blues get back to home First Division action when Rotherham visit Portman Road.

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