Glenn: I won't forget City's Bristol woe
Canaries boss Glenn Roeder is hoping for a break this afternoon - at a ground where he was hit with the thin end of the wedge last season. It was at Ashton Gate last March where City were denied a well-earned point by a controversial last minute winner after a mistake by referee Andy D'Urso.
Canaries boss Glenn Roeder is hoping for a break this afternoon - at a ground where he was hit with the thin end of the wedge last season.
It was at Ashton Gate last March where City were denied a well-earned point by a controversial last minute winner after a mistake by referee Andy D'Urso. Roeder and his assistant Lee Clark were furious - and were punished by the FA for their reaction.
The incident sticks in Roeder's craw, and he admits he's keen to get the rub of the green today.
"Results haven't gone the way we want them to," he said. "At times we have not had the results that we deserve, but that's football.
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"We can't do anything about that, but I think the group of players are very resilient and strong minded and hopefully our turn of getting the breaks will start at Bristol City on Saturday afternoon, because over the first 10 games no one can say Norwich have had a lot of breaks go their way, because we haven't, and that encompasses injuries, poor decisions whatever. Everyone has a run like that - hopefully we are going to start coming out of it."
The last trip to Bristol could have had disastrous consequences, and while City managed to pull themselves out of the mire, the events won't go away for Roeder.
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"Obviously you are never going to forget that, but there has never been two games exactly the same and there never will be, thank God," he said. "But we certainly went down there and played as well in that game as we did in any other game last year away from home.
"We were absolutely terrific and our passing was excellent and we kept Bristol away from having the ball. We missed too many chances, like we have done again this year. Hopefully we will play as well and when the chances come we will take them."
"But the specific incident that cost us getting a point, yes of course I am never going to forget that, but that has nothing to do with what is going to happen from 3pm onwards tomorrow afternoon."
Norwich have only two wins on their record this season, but the Robins appear to be suffering a hangover from last season's play-off final defeat to Hull. They have just three more points, but have won only one of their last seven - clearly both teams need a win.
"We certainly do - and Bristol City probably haven't had the results they were expecting over the last few weeks," said Roeder. "But all my concentration is solely on making sure our lads perform to a level where we can win the game. I am sure Gary Johnson will be doing the same."