Signing Soon?

Glenn Roeder is hoping to close in on his first signing of the summer to put a smile on his face following what he admits was a hugely disappointing defeat by Wycombe on Tuesday evening.

The player concerned may well have expected to have grabbed a goal had he been playing but there is still a hurdle or two to overcome before the deal is finalised.

"We haven't got the lad's signature yet but hopefully we will be able to make an announcement tomorrow after a medical of who it is," says Glenn.

"But I am hoping to be able to secure what will be our first signing this year - and Rob Lee will follow very quickly."

As for the 3-1 defeat at Wycombe, Glenn admits:

"Of course it was a disappointing result; in the context of the game football is all about taking chances and when they come along and goals change games.

"We had a wonderful chance in the first minute of the game and we had one that Jermain nicked against the post before they scored.

"We have to be honest - you give Wycombe Wanderers credit for how much effort they put into the game but the problems we had tonight were all caused by ourselves.

"The first and the second goals were unacceptable defending; we got one back just before half time and created enough chances in the opening 25 minutes to have won let alone drawn 2-2.

"David James is honest and he was not happy with the first goal but he will live with it and so will we; but errors make things difficult.

"Then we conceded a late third goal and again we contributed to it ourselves by giving the ball away cheaply; the cross was delivered to the back post, it was a mishit shot, then another mishit shot that ended up in the net.

"It obviously gives us plenty of food for thought and after doing so well in the first three preseason games it was disappointing, to say the least, to come here and lose 3-1.

"It was what happened in both penalty boxes if truth be known; we had enough clear cut chances to score half a dozen - and maybe I am being kind there when we only put one away.

"But for the level that we expect the players to be at we should be finishing those chances - and if you take your chances it is a completely different game."

Michael Carrick came through a substitute appearance and Glenn concludes:

"That was the real good news of the night he got a good 25 minutes and he looked the class player that we know he is."