Roeder's permanent signings show their mettle

Glenn Roeder sung the praises of his permanent signings after his first East Anglian derby win as Norwich City manager. While much of the debate this season has surrounded the merit or otherwise of Roeder's loan players, three of whom played their full part in yesterday's 2-0 victory over Ipswich, three of his full-time summer captures also took starring roles.

Glenn Roeder sung the praises of his permanent signings after his first East Anglian derby win as Norwich City manager.

While much of the debate this season has surrounded the merit or otherwise of Roeder's loan players, three of whom played their full part in yesterday's 2-0 victory over Ipswich, three of his full-time summer captures also took starring roles.

"Sammy Clingan, for me, that was his best performance. He was absolutely terrific," said Roeder.

"Wes Hoolahan was another one - he's starting to find his feet."


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Hoolahan's performance, playing just behind striker Leroy Lita, cannot fail to have impressed Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni, who was at Carrow Road.

"It's taken a little bit of time for him to settle in but class is permanent," said Roeder. "He's a very classy player and he's starting to come to fruition and we've found a nice role for him there, playing behind their midfield but not as high up as a second striker, and it's working well for him.

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"David Bell, I think, for £400,000 is an absolute snip.

"Clingan's a Bosman. Don't bother ringing me up and asking me a price for Clingan at the moment.

"We're very careful about the ones that we're signing. Maybe one or two loans haven't done as well as I thought, but that's the beauty of the loan system. You can then send them back to their clubs and you're not tied to a two or three-year contract, which becomes very expensive."

Roeder also saluted Lee Croft for his stunning opening goal, his third in front of the home crowd this season - and all contributing to victories.

Said Roeder: "This season he's scored three already, it's not even Christmas and he's starting to finally listen to what we're saying to him. He's starting to shoot now. He said 'I surprised myself, I didn't realise I had so much power in my right foot' but I did, and he's scored two very important goals this year. The first goal was always going to be critical. That's why the David Marshall save was the equivalent of scoring a goal the other end, to keep it 0-0. The whole day has just been a terrific day and it's great when you can send your supporters - who are brilliant supporters here - home happy.

He added: "Right from the first minute, we got on top of Ipswich. I just thought there was a period just after half-time where we weren't quite on top of the game, but no one dominates a game for 90 minutes. But overall I think you'd have to say Ipswich were well beaten in the end."

Roeder hopes the victory will be the springboard for a better run of results, starting against his former club Watford on Wedensday.

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