Roeder: New faces have lifted the mood
CHRIS LAKEY Glenn Roeder's Carrow Road regime begins in earnest today - and he expects nothing but a win.City have clocked up 11 games without a victory to keep them rooted firmly to the bottom of the Championship.
Glenn Roeder's Carrow Road regime begins in earnest today - and he expects nothing but a win.
City have clocked up 11 games without a victory to keep them rooted firmly to the bottom of the Championship. But the Roeder Revolution begins for real against Coventry today, with a new-look side, a new attitude and new belief.
Having faced three games in his first full week, Roeder has taken full advantage of the two-week international break. It did England and Steve McClaren no good at all - but Roeder believes it's worked wonders for a squad boosted by the presence of three more loan signings.
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Matty Pattison, Mo Camara and Ched Evans will all feature at some stage today as Roeder searches for his first win as Norwich City manager. And for once, the noises coming out of Carrow Road are positive, with everyone available bar the suspended Darren Huckerby and the injured Adam Drury.
“I will be hugely disappointed if I don't get a performance out of them - I am expecting it,” said Roeder. “I think it is a good time for us to play, full stop, whoever we are playing. We have really focused on ourselves these last two weeks.”
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The ex-Newcastle boss has learned a bit during his managerial career - but won't be filling his players' heads full of all things Sky Blue.
“Obviously we will tap into Coventry's last few performances here in the classroom later on this morning before they go home, but everything has been about getting our performance right on Saturday and just worrying about ourselves,” said Roeder yesterday.
“The focus has been on us, and that is all I feel we should do, we should just be looking at our own performance, because we know if we get our performances to a level at least to how they played against Ipswich we will win games.
“I don't think we need to go any more in-depth on opposition. Sometimes you can fill their heads with too much information and players will start worrying that the opposition is better than it is. We will brush across the top of Coventry with the information we will give them. Other than that it has all been about our own performance.”
Roeder is convinced the addition of new faces has lifted the mood at training over the past fortnight.
“I just think particularly this week, but even after Plymouth, they have trained really well,” he said. “They have played high tempo when we have had any match situations in training. Any practice we have put on we have done it how I want it. I haven't had to stop training very often and tell them that it's not acceptable.
“I have to get a culture here and form a habit that there is only one way to train and that is as close to match tempo as you can possibly get.
“Of course, 25,000 people watching you will always another 10pc, but you can get to 90pc of match speed in training if the players have got that culture.”