Roeder raves about rocket man Ched

PUBLISHED: 11:34 10 February 2008 | UPDATED: 15:24 10 September 2010

David Cuffley

City manager Glenn Roeder said he was not surprised by the wonder goal that Ched Evans produced to secure a 2-1 victory at Cardiff.

City manager Glenn Roeder said he was not surprised by the wonder goal that Ched Evans produced to secure a 2-1 victory at Cardiff.

Evans struck twice, making it six goals in all for the Canaries, and his 88th-minute winner was described by Roeder as “as good a strike as I have seen in many, many years.”

Roeder said: “That is not the first time I have seen him hit a ball like that. It's the first time you will have seen it in an actual game, but I've seen that many times on the training ground. Believe me, that strike was not a fluke and he'll go on scoring goals like that throughout his career.”

The Norwich boss does not believe he will have any trouble keeping Evans' feet on the ground despite his rapid success during his loan from Manchester City.

He said: “We do get carried away too quickly in Britain with our young players when they have a few good games and suddenly they are superstars and our job is to keep their feet on the ground.

“He is overall a very sensible young man and I don't think his feet will come off the ground. That is how he will go on improving and go on scoring goals.

“He is doing a great job for us and he can continue to do that and I'd like to repay Sven's favour to us by sending him back a better player.

“The last time Ched was here he popped in a hat-trick for Wales. It was the same day I asked Sven if I could have him.”

City's victory made it 12 Championship games without defeat and that run has sparked hopes of a charge towards the play-off places.

Roeder said: “Our fans have started to dream, which is better than the nightmares they were having at the end of October when we had eight points.

“But I work one game at a time and all my concentration is on getting my players' feet back on the ground tomorrow morning when we come back into training and looking towards the home game on Tuesday against Hull City.”

Cardiff manager Dave Jones said the game looked a certain draw before Evans struck.

He said: “There was nothing between the teams. The second half looked like it was going to just end up as a 1-1.”

He added: “It was always going to be something like that that was going to win the match.”

Norwich midfielder Ryan Bertrand left the field briefly during the second half and was substituted before the end. Roeder explained that he had a bit of an upset stomach but he should be fit for the visit of Hull on Tuesday.

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