Canaries wary of becoming third round failures

Bury come to Carrow Road this afternoon on the back of a miserable run in League Two - but Glenn Roeder says form counts for nothing.

Bury come to Carrow Road this afternoon on the back of a miserable run in League Two - but Glenn Roeder says form counts for nothing.

The Shakers have lost five of their last six games, a losing streak which was ended when they drew 1-1 at Lincoln on Saturday.

"I just don't think it counts for anything," said Roeder.

"It's cup football. That is why I think Championship teams, over 90 minutes, can beat a Premiership team, because I think every single player has one or two performances in them to bridge the gulf between the Premiership and the Championship - not over 38 games, as we know.


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"When you look at teams that get promoted nowadays they spend the next season in the bottom four or five, but in a one-off situation, you have to be prepared, and we are prepared for Bury.

"We have treated Bury as we have treated all the Championship teams.

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"We've watched them three times, we've got DVD evidence, we have done what we always do - a thoroughly professional job on Bury. Now we just have to do a thoroughly professional job on Bury on the pitch on Saturday afternoon."

Roeder, who has a slight doubt over central defender Jason Shackell, has been forced into changes due to the absence of striker Ched Evans and midfielder Jimmy Smith - but says other players now have a chance to prove their worth.

"One or two players will get an opportunity and it is up to them to take the opportunity," he said.

"I can't hand them the shirt - it is up to them to prove that if they have not been involved recently it is wrong. That is for them to prove to me and to prove to our supporters."

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