Glenn: Let's Reward Loyalty

Glenn Roeder is hoping the players can reward the fans' loyalty this season - starting with the right result against Aston Villa this weekend.

"The fans have been incredibly loyal and we hope we can reward them and then look at the situation once the season comes to an end," says Glenn who has one or two injury worries.

"We have one or two small doubts to clear up but no more than any other club at this time of the season."

Looking back on the 4-1 defeat at Villa Park earlier in the campaign, he says:

"It wasn't a good day for us and Graham Taylor was very honest in his assessment and said it wasn't a fair reflection; we had four chances to score but only Paolo managed to.

"Hopefully we can make amends with the result we all want at the weekend."

Glenn is backing Lee Bowyer to get back to top form and adds:

"When we went to St. Mary's Lee had been out for five weeks with the weekend off and a two game suspension; although he did well and was full of energy as always I am sure he will be sharper and even more on his game against Villa.

"The way he has trained all week suggests that and don't forget his best game for us was the last one at Upton Park."

Lee is desperate to open his account on Saturday and Glenn adds:

"I hope he can and he hopes to himself; even at Southampton he could have pinched one towards the end but the ball was just behind him."

Looking at Aston Villa, he says:

"They were very good against the Arsenal last weekend and are a very decent outfit - but I don't want to give too many clues away about what I feel about them.

"I am sure Graham Taylor would have hoped to have had more points, as we feel we should have, but I am not the right person to ask about Aston Villa."

Aston Villa have been reportedly hit by a flu bug which could rule out Olof Mellberg, Ronny Johnsen and Ozalan Alpay, while Dion Dublin is suspended.

SQUAD: James, van der Gouw, Bywater, Johnson, Repka, Pearce, Dailly, Brevett, Bowyer, Moncur, Cole, Carrick, Breen, Cisse, Hutchison, Sinclair, Defoe, Ferdinand L, Lomas, Kanoute, Ferdinand A.