Roeder is desperate for goals

PUBLISHED: 10:14 15 March 2008 | UPDATED: 15:27 10 September 2010

More of the same, just with goals - that's the order of the day for Glenn Roeder at Bramall Lane.

The City manager was delighted with his team's return to form against Stoke in midweek - but was left ruing errors in both penalty areas which cost City at least a point.

More of the same, just with goals - that's the order of the day for Glenn Roeder at Bramall Lane.

The City manager was delighted with his team's return to form against Stoke in midweek - but was left ruing errors in both penalty areas which cost City at least a point.

“That was very frustrating because if I knew that over the next eight games the performances were going to be like that it would be terrific, because there would be plenty of wins in there, so we have to keep that level of performance going now,” he said. “All that is at the front of my mind is getting back to winning some games, which we showed we are capable of the other night. But we have got to stick the chances away, be more ruthless.”

The Canaries face a team which is likely to include 38-year-old Gary Speed - and Roeder admits he's a big admirer of the former Wales international.

“A fantastic man,” he said. “Like our Dion if you want.

“I was lucky enough to manage him in Alan Shearer's testimonial a few years ago and he is a real credit, and a lovely man as well, a top drawer human being.”

Speed is part of a band of experienced pros which includes the likes of Dublin, Hull's Dean Windass, Teddy Sheringham at Colchester, Barry Hayles at Leicester and Cardiff's Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

The reason for their presence in the second tier is simple, says Roeder.

“It's because there is such a difference in the two divisions that these guys can still show up so well in the Championship, and they want to, they retain that enthusiasm,” he said. “The morning you wake up and you don't what to get out of bed and train, don't; wake up, go back to bed and hang your boots up.”

Dublin - 39 next month - is credited for his work on and off the pitch.

“Dion is a very good influence in our dressing room,” Roeder said. “He says the right things - at times you expect him to help the manager and the coaching staff with what he says and he has got such huge respect.”

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