Roeder reads riot act

Jonathan Redhead Norwich City boss Glenn Roeder laid the blame at the feet of his frontmen as the Canaries slipped to an embarrassing Carling Cup defeat to MK Dons. After ripping into his forward players after defeat at Coventry City on Saturday, Roeder again launched a attack on City's offensive players as more chances went begging at Stadiummk last night.

Jonathan Redhead

Norwich City boss Glenn Roeder laid the blame at the feet of his frontmen as the Canaries slipped to an embarrassing Carling Cup defeat to MK Dons.

After ripping into his forward players after defeat at Coventry City on Saturday, Roeder again launched a attack on City's offensive players as more chances went begging at Stadiummk last night.

Darel Russell hit a post but Omar Koroma and Lee Croft missed the best chances for City on a night when a Sam Baldock strike was enough to see the League One new boys through to the second round.


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And after the game Roeder pulled no punches following a second successive blank scoresheet for his side.

“We are hugely disappointed to go out of the cup at this stage,” said Roeder. “Yet again we shot ourselves in the foot by creating chances and not taking them.

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“We need to remedy that very quickly because we had the same problem on Saturday where we were creating chances but not scoring.

“That puts huge pressure on the defence to keep a clean sheet. Our keeper David Marshall has not had a save to make in these two games, apart from pick the ball out of the net three times.

“Defensively I think the boys have performed very well, it's just the boys at the top of the field who are not taking the chances.

“The boys who are missing the chances are taking them in training but that doesn't count.

“Hopefully this won't happen but the longer it continues they will start putting pressure on themselves.

“It is important that we keep making chances. Eventually we should start taking them.”

And it's unlikely a new striker will be in the side for Saturday's home clash against Blackpool after Roeder admitted he was no nearer to securing a deal for a forward, believed to be Norwegian front man Steffen Iversen.

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