Roeder pleased with response

20 October 2006 08:55
Newcastle United boss Glenn Roeder admitted he was relieved to see his side keep a rare clean sheet as they secured a 1-0 UEFA Cup victory over Fenerbahce at St James' Park. The Magpies manager pulled no punches after his side threw away a one-goal lead to go down 2-1 to Bolton last weekend and, after making wholesale changes to his defensive line, Roeder was pleased with the response. Under-fire central defenders Titus Bramble and Craig Moore were dropped with Steven Taylor recalled, Peter Ramage moved into the middle and Damien Duff drafted in an as emergency left-back. "It was very pleasing and it was deserved. We have beaten a well above average European team," admitted Roeder. "They certainly gave us a hard test. I was conscious of them breaking quickly on the counter-attack but for me, it was the perfect result, to score one and keep that elusive clean sheet, which we have not done for a while. "I said it was vital that we won the first home game, which we have done. I believe if you win your two home games, it will give you a great opportunity to qualify. "And if you can pick up a point or two out of your two away games, you should go through to the knockout stage. "But there is a long way to go."

Source: ESA