Jamie left to rue costly misses
Chris Lakey Glenn Roeder fired a thinly-veiled warning to striker Jamie Cureton last night after admitting he was in the market for a striker to "freshen" things after seeing the Canaries draw a blank against high-flying Stoke.
Glenn Roeder fired a thinly-veiled warning to striker Jamie Cureton last night after admitting he was in the market for a striker to "freshen" things after seeing the Canaries draw a blank against high-flying Stoke.
A Mamady Sidibe goal early in the second half settled the issue, but City were guilty of wasting opportunities - none more so than Cureton, who shot wide from a matter of a few yards deep into injury time.
"On the balance of play and chances created we should have been allowed to concede one goal and gone on and won the game comfortably," said Roeder. "We have shown a lack of a killer instinct to get the ball in the back of the net and making poor decisions on which foot to use to make sure we do hit the back of the net. I think the last chance that we miss from a yard just about summed up all the other chances we missed.
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"The lack of hitting the back of the net when chances were made has come back to haunt us tonight. We have to find a way and if I can find a striker to take on loan I will take one. I will take two if I can find them, but I have been looking now for the past couple of weeks and they are few and far between.
"At this time of the year for many reasons managers don't want to let their players go, but a couple of players here would freshen it up."
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Had Cureton had his shooting boots on City would have earned a valuable point.
"What can he say? He knows in the past he has proved at the right level he scores goals," added Roeder. "He's had two brilliant chances in the second half, but you would expect him to take at least one of those, if not both."
A share of the spoils would have kept the wolf from the door - but now they find themselves being dragged into a relegation dogfight, defeat dropping them down to 17th, just five points ahead of the drop zone.
However Roeder is looking up, rather than down.
"I only look forward," he said. "People who spend their life looking behind them spend their life picking themselves up off the floor."
If there as a right spot in defeat it was the much-improved performance from City, who have now lost three of their last four games, including their last two at Carrow Road.
"It was rough justice, but it was of our own making," said Roeder, clearly unhappy that Stoke's winner had come from a Rory Delap long throw that his players had been warned about.
"No excuses from me. We worked hard for two days on what we knew Stoke are good at, their set plays, particularly their long throw-in. The boys worked hard and generally speaking tonight they dealt with them very well, but the vital one they didn't deal with.
"There were two or three small errors from the three players involved, including the goalkeeper and it ends up being flicked over Marshy into an empty net.
"It is a ridiculously poor goal. That was poor defending.
"The positive is that it is the best we have played, easily, in the last five or six weeks in terms of performance. I thought we were by far the better team.
No complaints - the first half had everything I wanted other than the goal or two we deserved on the balance of play and the amount of possession we had and the way we moved the ball around."