Roeder happy to be at home
DAVID CUFFLEY The Canaries are set to come up against one of the survivors from their last FA Cup semi-final appearance when they entertain Bury in the third round of the competition next month.
The Canaries are set to come up against one of the survivors from their last FA Cup semi-final appearance when they entertain Bury in the third round of the competition next month.
Defender Colin Woodthorpe is still playing at the age of 38 for the League Two club, who will visit Carrow Road on Saturday, January 5.
Woodthorpe appeared for City in the semi-final against Sunderland at Hillsborough in 1992, when Dave Stringer's team were on the wrong end of a surprise 1-0 defeat.
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The Liverpool-born full-back, who made 53 appearances for City between 1991 and 1994, was in the Bury side who beat Exeter 1-0 at Gigg Lane on Saturday. A goal from Nicky Adams booked the Shakers' place in the last 64.
City's tie was the last drawn out of the drum, with Ipswich's former Wembley winner, Kevin Beattie, doing his old rivals a favour by pulling out their number first from the final two balls.
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It will be the first time the two clubs have met in the FA Cup and Bury's first visit to Norwich since a televised goalless draw in Division One in September 1998, when City's Craig Bellamy had a stoppage-time penalty saved by goalkeeper Dean Kiely.
Bury, with Keith Alexander as director of football and Chris Casper as manager, may be 12th in League Two but provide a potential banana skin for the Canaries.
Manager Glenn Roeder said today: “We would have to be perceived as the favourites. We are expected to win. We'll do a thoroughly professional job on Bury, like we would do on any team we were playing. If we'd have drawn Manchester United, we'll do the same job on Bury in terms of watching them three times, analysing what we think their strengths are and hopefully find a few weaknesses. Come the day, it's up to us to go out and perform and get into the fourth round.
“Kevin Beattie did us a favour pulling us out first rather than pulling Bury out.”
Striker Dion Dublin warned: “I know Keith Alexander and he has got a good winning mentality which he will instil in his players. I have been at this stage of the competition as underdogs with Cambridge United and I know in these kind of games the lower league sides will go for it absolutely hell for leather.
“It's a home draw, which makes a welcome change, and we have to go out there are earn our favourites' tag. If we are on top of our game we should win, simple as that - but if we get complacent or underestimate them, we will be in trouble.”
Dublin told the club's official website: “I believe individually and collectively a good Cup run can really boost confidence and shouldn't cause a distraction from what's going on in the league. We know we have got to keep improving and the FA Cup should be part of that improvement.”