Roeder: Let’s not slip up now

Chris Lakey Norwich City can break into the Championship top 10 this afternoon - but manager Glenn Roeder is setting just one target."We are in the top half of the table, we have to stay there and we want to see how high we can finish," said Roeder, determined not to jostle again with the relegation pack in the bottom half of the table.

Chris Lakey

Norwich City can break into the Championship top 10 this afternoon - but manager Glenn Roeder is setting just one target.

"We are in the top half of the table, we have to stay there and we want to see how high we can finish," said Roeder, determined not to jostle again with the relegation pack in the bottom half of the table.

City's position depends on a win over Blackpool at Carrow Road, coupled with results going their way from Wolves, Crystal Palace and Cardiff. Wolves, two points ahead, are at home to second-bottom Colchester; Palace, a point ahead, entertain Preston, who are one off the drop zone while Cardiff, one point behind City, are at home to Leicester, another bottom-six side.


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Roeder steered City into the top half of the table with last weekend's 1-0 home win over Barnsley.

"In one way it was gratifying to see us in the top half of the table last week and also a reminder that we shouldn't be playing in the bottom half anyway," he said.

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"It's a huge game tomorrow, another team that is just below us and certainly a game that we need to win. The one thing that I have learned quickly in the Championship is that everyone can beat each other, as we have seen this week with Stoke being beaten by Preston.

"That's why I think it is so important to have a good start to the season, the first dozen games."

Blackpool could overhaul City with a win today, but they come to Norfolk looking for revenge after a 3-1 home defeat to the Canaries in November.

It was Roeder's first away win with City- or as he put it yesterday: "Our first away win."

He added: "It is we and us, it's a team. I have never subscribed to I, me. I don't like players to be like that and I don't like managers and coaches to be like that."

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