Ched hungry for more goals
Norwich's on loan Premiership young gun Ched Evans is a man on a goals mission. Evans opened his senior account within five minutes of his full debut in City's vital Championship win over Plymouth on Tuesday.
Norwich's on loan Premiership young gun Ched Evans is a man on a goals mission.
Evans opened his senior account within five minutes of his full debut in City's vital Championship win over Plymouth on Tuesday.
Man City's teenage predator now wants to shoot down Sheffield United ahead of the stuttering Blades Carrow Road visit this weekend.
“I'm hungry for another start and hungry for another goal,” said the Welsh U21 international. “I've got a lot of confidence and a striker with confidence is going to score goals wherever he goes. It was a good game, but I think we could have done a bit better. If we'd kept the ball a bit more we probably would have created more chances.”
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The prolific hot shot - a regular scorer at reserve and U21 level this season - latched onto Jamie Cureton's weighted through ball to slot an ice cool finish underneath Pilgrims' stopper Roman Larrieu.
“It was great, a great feeling,” he said. “I wanted to go and celebrate in the corner where all the fans are but I couldn't get away from Foz really, he dragged me back. I was overwhelmed when I scored - really happy. You've just got to focus when you're in those sorts of positions and concentrate. If you concentrate then you're more likely to hit the back of the net.”
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Canaries' chief Glenn Roeder was delighted with an instant return from the young sharpshooter drafted in until January 1 to bolster City's Championship survival push.
“Brilliant for him,” said Roeder. “He won't ever forget that moment. I said to him before the game, 'Ched, it's your debut. Everyone remembers their debut so whatever happens this game will stick in your mind forever.
“I turned to Dion Dublin and asked if he remembered his first game, being 38. He said, 'I can, I scored a hat-trick.' 'Wow,' I said. That's asking a lot of Ched, but he went a little way to that in scoring in the first minutes. He had a couple of other efforts and his general play was very good so he will go away with a happy memory of his league debut. A 2-1 win, scoring, playing for Norwich at Carrow Road against Plymouth.”
Evans' only senior appearance at Eastlands came as a late substitute in Man City's 1-0 Carling Cup win over the Canaries in September.
Roeder beat off stiff competition to land the young Welshman after his eye-catching hat-trick for the Principality in an impressive 4-2 win over France U21s at Ninian Park.
The 18-year-old admits he is desperate to fire his country to the 2009 UEFA U21 Championships when qualifiers resume in February after closing the gap on the French in group ten.
“If we continue to play like that then we'll have a good chance,” he said. “It was a great game to play in and I enjoyed playing in it. I didn't think we would come back but it shows how competitive we are in, we never gave up. When you go 2-1 down to a team like France you do start to think it is not going to be your night. But I think it showed that the lads had faith in themselves and each other.”