Players can win themselves satisfaction

CHRIS LAKEY Glenn Roeder has told his team to ignore that bottom-of-the-table feeling - and give themselves the satisfaction of a revenge win over Plymouth tonight.

CHRIS LAKEY

Glenn Roeder has told his team to ignore that bottom-of-the-table feeling - and give themselves the satisfaction of a revenge win over Plymouth tonight.

Roeder believes a measure of how far City have come in the six games under his tenure will be clear at Carrow Road this evening when the Canaries have their second chance within the space of four days to climb off the bottom.

They blew it on Saturday, robbed of a deserved point in the final minute at Stoke, but Roeder took heart in the performance.

“There were a lot of positives in terms of the energy, the drive and the bravery that they showed - they didn't play with any thoughts that we are at the bottom of the table and I think that is the way we have got to carry on playing,” he said.

But it's the 3-0 defeat at Plymouth less than a month ago that still hurts Roeder.

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“Without doubt it is the poorest performance, or lack of a performance, since I have been at the club,” said Roeder.

“In other games where we have been beaten you can look at a lot more positives. I couldn't find any positives from the Plymouth game and the players know that as well and I let that be known.

“It is a quick opportunity to see how much we have improved over the last few weeks.”

City are bottom on goal difference from Preston, with QPR just a point better off, and while both have home games tonight - against Hull and Crystal Palace respectively - they're tough assignments: Hull haven't been beaten in their last five while Palace are unbeaten in six.

However, after little more than a month at the helm, Roeder says he is becoming used to the vagaries of Championship football, which has seen Plymouth rise to a play-off spot while Norwich are struggling to stay in the division.

“The one thing I am coming to terms with in the Championship is the inconsistencies of all the teams,” he said. “I have been going no about Watford for the past month and suddenly it's three straight defeats. They were romping away with it and looked unbeatable a month ago. Charlton - two home defeats.

“Now I am looking at this league very seriously, the consistencies of the teams is quite amazing. Anyone seems to be able to beat anyone on a given day - the Premiership is much more consistent in its results.”