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Roeder hails his heroes

03 Nov 2006 - 08:15:45

Newcastle United manager Glenn Roeder hailed his injury-ravaged side after they secured a shock 1-0 victory in Sicily against Palermo in their latest UEFA Cup clash.

The Magpies have made a poor start to their Premiership campaign while Palermo are currently second to Internazionale in Serie A and beat West Ham United in the first round of the competition.

But a first-half Albert Luque header proved to be enough for Roeder's side to pick up a crucial three-point haul.

"I think it would be disrespectful to the lads that came in who aren't regulars to say that team was makeshift, but they all played very well," said Roeder after the game.

"It was a tremendous result for us, and it was fully deserved because there were some heroic displays all over the pitch. They started the game very well, but we held firm and we frustrated them.

"We got the goal through Albert after a great move down the right. It was a great ball in from James (Milner), and while it looked an easy chance for Albert he still had to put it away - and he did.

"We kept that lead until half-time, and we knew we would have to stay focused in the second half. We defended well, not just the back four but as a whole team right the way through.

"When they did get through us, Tim Krul in goal had the game of his life. From the first day I met him when he came into the Academy I was impressed with him. I said before the game that I had faith in him, and he proved why with that display.

"We didn't have any pressure coming into the game. We'd done well in the first game against Fenerbahce so the three points got us off to a great start.

"We came away from home with a job to do, and we did it. We could have sat back and gone for a draw, but if you're going to do that then why not try and win it?

"They are a good side, they're second in the Italian league so they are there for a reason, but we did what we had to do and we're going home with six points out of six on the board and we're delighted."

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