Draw was a Christmas gift for Colchester

CHRIS LAKEY Glenn Roeder accused City of taking the festive season a step too far by handing out an early Christmas gift at Colchester on Saturday.The Canaries managed - just - to keep their heads above the Championship relegation zone with a hard-fought 1-1 draw, thanks to an 89th-minute own goal by former City loan player Danny Granville.

CHRIS LAKEY

Glenn Roeder accused City of taking the festive season a step too far by handing out an early Christmas gift at Colchester on Saturday.

The Canaries managed - just - to keep their heads above the Championship relegation zone with a hard-fought 1-1 draw, thanks to an 89th-minute own goal by former City loan player Danny Granville. But it was the manner in which they conceded 10 minutes earlier that disappointed the City boss, who watched his defence fall asleep as Kevin McLeod converted Johnnie Jackson's corner.

“It is the time of year when presents are given away and that's what it was, it was a gift,” he said. “Before I came here today I went to see first half of Ipswich and Scunthorpe because we play Scunthorpe next week, and there were gifts in that game as well. It seems to be a disease this weekend.”


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A draw in the evening kick-off was good enough to put City back to fourth from bottom, after they had slipped back into the relegation zone by 5pm.

But there is little margin for error at the bottom: eight teams are divided by just three points with Leicester, without a win in six games, and Sheffield Wednesday, with just one in their last five, now dragged into the battle.

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