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Roeder content to progress

25 Aug 2006 - 08:16:52

Newcastle United boss Glenn Roeder was pleased to see his side seal a place in the first round of the UEFA Cup by seeing off Latvian side FK Ventspils.

A goalless draw at St James' Park completed a narrow 1-0 aggregate triumph, making the club's decision to enter the Intertoto Cup seem worthwhile.

Roeder said: "There isn't anyone in our dressing room decrying the Intertoto Cup.

"They decried coming back on June 28 for about one second, but all the players want to play in Europe at this club, they want to play in as many competitions as they can and they want to be successful.

"At some stage in the revolving door, Newcastle will be successful again.

"It's my job, with the help of the players and their determination, their motivation, to try to create something here in which people will start to see the possibilities of a successful Newcastle United side.

"I think the reaction of the crowd told me that, although we had not won the game, they had enjoyed the game and enjoyed the amount of effort and some of the build-up play we had.

"I am a tad disappointed not to have got at least a goal or two, but it was not to be.

"Also, it is only fair for me to say you have got to give credit to the Ventspils players."

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