Cureton's concern at where axe will fall
CHRIS LAKEY Canaries striker Jamie Cureton says no one is safe from the Glenn Roeder axe. Roeder is set to carve out the dead wood after a shocking 3-0 reverse at Plymouth on Saturday which left him with just one point to show from his first three games in charge at Carrow Road.
Canaries striker Jamie Cureton says no one is safe from the Glenn Roeder axe.
Roeder is set to carve out the dead wood after a shocking 3-0 reverse at Plymouth on Saturday which left him with just one point to show from his first three games in charge at Carrow Road.
But with two weeks' breathing space because of international games, Roeder is stepping up his hunt for new faces - and Cureton says everyone will have to watch their backs.
The summer signing from Colchester has been one of the biggest casualties of Norwich's dreadful form, with chances at a premium for a man who topped the Championship scoring charts last season.
But even he could be in danger as Roeder seeks to bring a halt to an 11-match run without a win and prevent City from being cut adrift at the bottom of the Championship table.
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“The manager has said he wants fresh faces in, he doesn't think it is good enough so people have to watch their backs - everyone who has been playing,” said Cureton.
“He has now got an opportunity to bring people in. Whether people have to go as well I don't know, but at some stage we have to get a team out there that is good enough to win football matches and that is down to the boss and if he feels people here aren't good enough then he is obviously going to make decision over the next few weeks.”
Roeder was furious after the Plymouth debacle, and Cureton says he has every right to be.
“We have had however many games and we can't win,” he said. “We are getting beaten and we don't look like we are winning games, so something has to change.
“He has had three games in which he has tried to turn things around with what he has got, but we haven't been able to do that.
“We have produced one performance, which was in a derby, and then after that we haven't produced again.
“I am sure he has looked at everyone in these three games and thought, 'right, do I need them or don't I? What can they offer me?'
“Everyone has to watch their backs because he is going to be bringing people in to come and take our places and I think if he doesn't feel you are good enough it's going to be 'out the door' possibly.”
Cureton says the defeat at Plymouth was pretty much symptomatic of City's current problems - and ended up in an exercise in damage limitation.
“It's poor goals again - I think that's the problem,” he said. “We need to keep ourselves in games and give ourselves a chance of winning one and you give people twos and threes and it's not good enough.
“As a team we feel they are easy goals. You are fighting a losing battle then and from then it was like an onslaught - they could have scored at will and you just felt you wanted to get some pride back.
“You can't really say there is much pride keeping it to three, but once it went to three that's all we had left, to try and keep the score down.
“Obviously we didn't concede any more, but going the other way we didn't create anything. Having one shot in 90 minutes isn't good, especially when that's in the 93rd minute.”