Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: Roeder Points out the Flaws; 'Disastrous' Defending Leaves Boss Seething

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: Roeder Points out the Flaws; 'Disastrous' Defending Leaves Boss Seething

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Byline: Paul Gilder

A FURIOUS Glenn Roeder has warned his under-performing defenders that he will not tolerate their incompetence any longer after watching benevolent Newcastle throw away yet more Premiership points at St James's Park.

And, as United prepare to put their European ambitions to the test against Fenerbahce this week, the Magpies manager admitted that he is growing increasingly concerned at the lingering problems that continue to afflict his troubled team.

Bolton came from behind to condemn their hosts to a fifth defeat in eight Premiership games this season and, with El-Hadji Diouf's second-half brace again exposing the shortcomings of his side, it was no surprise that Roeder's (pictured left) patience snapped in the dressing room.

"We keep shooting ourselves in the foot and it has happened too often this season," said an exasperated Newcastle boss, whose players have also failed to capitalise on leads against Fulham and Everton on home soil.

"It was unacceptable defending and it has got to stop. I am concerned and the players are concerned.

"We have had a long talk in the dressing room and they are all as disappointed about what happened as I am. We had a mad two minutes and it cost us dear." Without a league victory at St James's Park since beating Wigan on the opening weekend of the top-flight season, Roeder's men have now lost three times and drawn once in the Premiership since winning at West Ham a month ago.

This is a critical week in the club's campaign and, with an awkward Uefa Cup tie and a trip to Teesside to contest in the next seven days, Newcastle could not have made a worst start' should they continue in this manner, a side struggling to live up to Gallowgate expectations will be in danger of ending it in a similarly bleak fashion.

Asked if there was a danger that familiar failings might prey on the minds of his players ahead of Thursday's difficult European fixture, Roeder said: "I would like to think not. …

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