Monday, November 06, 2006

Nice Win But No Rest For Roeder

TV and its need to get matches involving Sheffield United out of the way early in the season, perhaps police considerations for West Ham v Arsenal), the fact is that the must-win of these two matches for Roeder is the Premiership fixture. After Charlton's visit ended goalless, he cannot afford to fail to take all the points in successive home matches against teams from the bottom three. All credit to Newcastle for their win in Sicily. The victory will be good for morale. But now they must build on it. All the British teams have 100 per cent records from two games. They can all look upon qualification as likely - the top three go through - and group leadership, with the resulting seeding, is on the cards. Teams who top groups play those who came third elsewhere. Teams who come second must face a Champions League reject, a team that finished third in the senior competition's groups.

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