Roeder vows to beat boo-boys

NEWCASTLE boss Glenn Roeder will not buckle under the weight of expectation as he prepares for a crucial Premiership clash with Charlton.

A small section of the club’s travelling support briefly turned on chairman Freddy Shepherd following Sunday’s 1-0 derby defeat at Middlesbrough.

The Magpies bounced back with an encouraging 3-0 Carling Cup victory over Portsmouth on Wednesday evening, but entertain Charlton having taken just seven points from 27 they have contested so far, a return which leaves them 16th in the Premiership.

However Roeder, who earned his job after guiding the club into Europe with a superb run of results after Graeme Souness was sacked last season, did not allow himself to be carried away by the acclaim he received then, and is not about to buckle now.

He said: “That’s not just here at Newcastle, that’s everywhere. That’s the world of football we live in now. The hype seems to grow season on season and we accept that.

“We enjoy our times when we are winning, but sometimes when you are winning, you don’t realise some of the luck you carry in games.

“But of course when you are not winning, you can see every bit of bad luck. For instance at Middlesbrough last week, we were by far the better team, which Gareth Southgate admitted, missed a host of chances and ended up losing to a late goal.

“But it’s good to see the boys are not suffering with confidence at all because they went out and put on a very confident display against Portsmouth.”

Wednesday’s game was played out in front of a crowd of just 25,028, less than half the capacity of St James’ Park, while there were around 4,000 empty seats for the 2-1 defeat by Bolton in the Magpies’ last home league game.

However, an impressive display against Pompey, in which loan striker Giuseppe Rossi was outstanding, gave the team a significant boost.

There was bad news, however as midfielder Kieron Dyer will be out of action for at least two weeks after a freak training ground accident. The 27-year-old, who returned to action against Portsmouth after six months on the sidelines, damaged his left eye.

“Kieron took a knock to his left eye in Friday training in what can only be described as a freak accident,” manager Roeder said. Dyer was set to make his first start since April today.

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