Anger Management?

Glenn Roeder has called upon his players to direct their anger towards putting on a winning performance against Manchester City this weekend.

"They know the situation we are in which is a poor one; it goes without saying that we take the responsibility," he says.

"Overall, we feel the performances have deserved more than one point but they haven't yielded any more and we have to get on with it.

"They have been remarkably resilient in this week and I'd even say there has been some anger in training, controlled anger, and hopefully that will put us in the right frame of mind.

"It is anger, disappointment, you can come up with many adjectives - feelings were running high after the game on Sunday and strong words were said afterwards.

"But they mustn't allow any fear to enter their minds - they have played well enough in the last two games.

"Individual errors are getting punished; it is amazing because when you are on a winning run you make the same errors and get away with it and no one looks too deeply at that but we are getting punished for every little mistake.

"There is hardly any team that doesn't make an error or two during 90 minutes and in most cases you get away with it.

"I am positive that we are having so many efforts on goal, but the down side is not enough are hitting the target so no matter how hard the shot is it won't hit the back of the net.

"It is amazing how sometimes weak shots creep in under the keeper or slide in off the post simply because the effort is on target.

"That is no one's fault but our own; we must shoulder the responsibility because it is completely down to us.

"We had a specific plan that was working very well; Nigel came on for Tomas and Christian slid inside - and the game plan was working well.

"I had no complaints with what happened in the first half other than not getting ahead but I am quite fed up of saying poor goals are going in against us.

"I am not saying that about Henry's recently, it was a wonderful strike and I know the difference.

"We remained focused then went down to 10 men after the penalty; the players upped it even more to get back into the game.

"It was a well executed free kick to get us back to 2-2, with good eyeball contact between Paolo and Trevor; we brought Paolo off as it is very hard for him to get through 90 minutes at the moment, we brought Michael on to stiffen the midfield up for a well deserved point.

"Yet again it was poor judgment to allow Antony Gardner to run from the half way line because there were three people that could have taken responsibility earlier - the ball ended up in the back of the net and it cost us the game.

"It was a bitter pill to have to swallow especially when we played better than we did last year when we got a point at Spurs - that is the craziness of football.

"All we can do is put in a performance against a very attack minded side; home and away they get bodies forward.

"On Saturday they are going to have to defend better because we haven't done so to anywhere near the level of what we are capable of.

"We know all about Eyal Berkovic, he is a terrific player and I remember when I first came to the club there was an instant partnership with him and Paolo when he arrived.

"On the field, between the two of them, it was just two excellent players coming together; they didn't need to work on it in training.

"It is very important that we keep Eyal and Benarbia quiet, as well as Anelka."

The match sees the return of Stuart Pearce as coach, and Glenn says: "I didn't get chance to speak to him at the Arsenal v Manchester City game recently; hopefully I will get the chance to speak to him before the game but if I don't I definitely will find him afterwards."

Glenn says he will have no qualms about changing the side again after making three alterations last week, and adds: "We did that last year when we were winning; we wrap up each game one at a time."

As for the reasons for being bottom, Glenn admits: "I put my hand on my heart and say it is difficult to pin it down to one or two reasons; we have a slightly stronger squad in terms of strength in depth with Edouard Cisse who has done very well, Gary Breen has been added to the squad and Raimond van der Gouw has got high standards.

"The coaching is the same, we are practising the same, talking to the players in the same sort of way as last year.

"It was paying off last year but this year we are not getting the results right, but I would argue that the last two performances last year would have yielded two points.

"And I am probably being kind there; Joe Cole goes clean through at 2-2 and on another day he could have stuck that one away - or got a penalty which we have all seen players do.

"We could probably name who would have got a penalty, but he had only one thing in his mind, and that was to score.

"We had enough chances in the West Brom match to win two games - last year we would have won 2-1 or 3-1 but football is not an exact science.

"Many coaches and managers waffle away, making this or that excuse, and whingeing - but I can't go down that road, it is not my style.

"I would rather be truthful and call it as I see it - we can't put any more hours in on the training ground and we have to turn all that hard work into winning performances.

"I am optimistic though, as I say, and you only have to look at Kevin Keegan to see that he is a great example of always being optimistic.

"I played with him at Newcastle when we won promotion and I have admired all the jobs Kevin has done; his optimism shows in the teams he has managed and the football they have played.

"You have to be optimistic - there's no mileage in being a pessimist, I always think we can win the next game and I will not be shifted from those beliefs.

"Going into the season I was positive and I still am - but the start we've had is the sort every club and manager dreads."