Let’s start another run - Roeder
CHRIS LAKEY Glenn Roeder will demand another "run" out of his players after guiding the Canaries out of the relegation frame for the first time in more than two months.
Glenn Roeder will demand another "run" out of his players after guiding the Canaries out of the relegation frame for the first time in more than two months.
Ched Evans' early goal was enough to give City three points for the fourth time in the last five games and lift them above QPR, Preston and Colchester - despite a nerve-wracking finale when Sheffield United threw everything at goalkeeper David Marshall and were denied a point by a linesman's flag.
But Roeder refuses to accept it's mission accomplished, insisting that only part one of the master-plan has been put into place.
"Of course it is important," he said. "We have won four out of the last five games because we were tailed off, we were getting into a situation where we were five or six points cut off from fourth from bottom. In the short space of time to have got ourselves out of the bottom three is nothing other than a fantastic effort by the players and everyone else, the backroom staff, everybody. But as I said when I came here, four or five wins isn't going to clear the situation because of the hole we found ourselves in when I arrived at the club.
"We are on a good run at the moment, now we have to have another good run to get ourselves further up the table."
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Roeder believes his demands for a team ethic are being listened to.
"Everyone has to accept the team comes first, whoever they are," he said. "Whether they are considered one of the better players at the club, it doesn't matter, we are all equals. We all start the game as a member of a team and we have to be prepared to put the team before ourselves. I think they have shown that today.
"There are lots of performances where I think you can say that some of them sacrificed what some of their strengths are to do a defending job, which probably isn't their strength."
Roeder pointed to one defensive header from sub Dion Dublin, which deprived the Championship's leading scorer, James Beattie, of an attempt on goal and could well have ensured City the win.
"A couple of headers late on, headers out of our own box, epitomised what we are about now," said Roeder. "One I can remember from Dion Dublin - I don't know how he reached that, it was a magnificent header.
"It was a goal, the lad was there, it would have been a free header six yards out and I thought it had cleared him and he found some extra spring in those old legs, which he won't mind me saying. It was a fantastic header."
Matthew Kilgallon put the ball in the net in the dying stages, but an offside flag cut short United's celebrations and turned them into demonstrations.
"The linesman put his flag up so quickly he must have been 100pc certain that it was offside," said Roeder. "I haven't had a chance to see it myself - I have to trust the linesman that he has got it right. Bryan Robson was very upset, which was understandable.
"I would have been upset as well, because it is an emotional game. He probably thought at the time they'd snatched a point that probably he never thought was coming. It was never going to be easy against Sheffield United. We could have made it easier for ourselves, we missed a number of chances."
Roeder said the 24,000-plus crowd had helped City cross the line.
"I have been at Carrow Road many times, both as a player and as a coach and manager and I thought the last 15 minutes was the loudest I have ever heard inside Carrow Road. The boys commented after the game about the crowd - they really enjoy playing in front of the crowd at the moment, because they know that the crowd are recognising how much hard work they are putting in, and playing some good football on the way as well."