Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: United Need to Wise Up - Fast; Merry Christmas to All Journal Sport Readers Roeder Warns His Magpies to Beware 'Shrewd' Tactics

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: United Need to Wise Up - Fast; Merry Christmas to All Journal Sport Readers Roeder Warns His Magpies to Beware 'Shrewd' Tactics

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Byline: Stuart Rayner

NEWCASTLE United have been told they must become more "streetwise" after Chelsea "conned" them in midweek.

Magpies manager Glenn Roeder is still fuming about the circumstances which saw his team knocked out of the League Cup on Wednesday night.

The only goal of the game was a free-kick from in-form striker Didier Drogba which Roeder believed was only possible because it was taken in the wrong place. And while criticising Jose Mourinho's side and referee Chris Foy for their part in the goal, Roeder also argued his own players could and should have responded better.

"Drogba's was a hell of a strike but as players we allowed Chelsea to con us, really," he said before today's game at home to Tottenham Hotspur. "They conned the referee into placing the ball where they wanted it to give them a better chance of scoring. Trust me, bring the ball four yards further out to create a tighter angle and I don't think anyone could beat Shay Given from there.

"We need to be a bit more streetwise and all teams need referees when they give fouls to remember where they gave them and make sure the ball's in the right place. Four yards was ridiculous. It's just being clever, shrewd, those sort of words."

The manner of the defeat has clearly had an affect on Roeder and he claimed the same was true of his squad.

"They were really more disappointed than normal on Thursday morning," he said. "You could see the game had taken a lot out of them because of the manner in which they were beaten."

Celestine Babayaro returns from suspension against Martin Jol's side and with Nolberto Solano also back, youngster Paul Huntington could find his brief run of firstteam starts has come to an end.

Cameroon striker Pierre Boya has been on trial with the club this week and Roeder has not closed the door on the 22-year-old joining in the January transfer window. …

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