Roeder - Forget Wolves, focus on Rovers
Chris Lakey Glenn Roeder has a simple message for his players this afternoon: “forget Wolves.” The Canaries boss was the architect of a superb 5-2 demolition of Mick McCarthy's high-flyers in midweek, but Roeder insists it will count for nothing if City don't beat struggling Doncaster today.
Glenn Roeder has a simple message for his players this afternoon: “forget Wolves.”
The Canaries boss was the architect of a superb 5-2 demolition of Mick McCarthy's high-flyers in midweek, but Roeder insists it will count for nothing if City don't beat struggling Doncaster today.
“It was a very good night but it is up on the shelf now, the only game that counts is Doncaster,” he said.
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“We have got to lift our game again. There is a benchmark that has been set in that game. We scored five, and that is not the first time this year we could have scored five.
“We have really let teams off the hook badly, and let ourselves down by not taking brilliant chances and winning matches, but it all came together the other night - and we haven't taken just the five opportunities, there's probably three or four other golden opportunities that we didn't take.
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“It was a hell of a performance, but I want to be saying that after tomorrow afternoon's game, that that is also a hell of a performance and we have picked up another three points.
“The only thing that is vitally important is winning this game tomorrow. We have had two cracking performances against two teams that arrived at Carrow Road top of the league. Although we didn't put Birmingham away for a defeat they got a point off of us - we were by far the better team and should have beaten Birmingham, and there was no fluke about the performance the other night, even if one or two of the goals were questioned.
“But don't anyone dare say to me, 'do you feel you were lucky?' because we have not had the breaks this year at all, so many things have gone against us.
“As I have been saying for a while, life doesn't stand still, it is a revolving door and it's forever turning. Hopefully good fortune will start to favour us now over a long period of time.”
Doncaster, promoted through the play-offs last season, are struggling the bottom three - but Roeder says City shouldn't be duped by their position.
“They pass the ball for fun,” he said. “If you sit off them you won't get the ball off them. I know that seems strange when they are bottom of the table, but that is fact.
“They were unlucky at St Andrews earlier on in the season and they have taken Reading, who are unbeaten at home this year, right to the wire.
“There is no such thing as a walkover in football any more, and this is certainly not one of those. Doncaster will not want to fall further behind and we have got to meet them head on and make sure they don't string passes together and keep us away from the ball - and be very incisive with our passing and create opportunities in the manner that we did on Tuesday night.”