Roeder ready for Lillestrom
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Newcastle manager Glenn Roeder claims he is prepared for Lillestrom on Saturday.
Newcastle manager Glenn Roeder claims he knows exactly what to expect when The Magpies take on Lillestrom in The InterToto Cup on Saturday.
After a 1-1 draw in the first leg at St James' Park last week, the European tie is finely poised ahead of the third round return leg in Norway.
Roeder watched the Norwegian outfit defeat rivals Lyn 2-1 in the Norwegian Cup on Wednesday and the former West Ham boss believes he is well versed in the strengths - and weaknesses - of Uwe Rosler's side.
"Lillestrom were well worth their win - for me, they were clearly the better side," said Roeder.
"They used the same group of players that played in Newcastle, although the big lad, Oliver Occean, was a substitute and didn't play.
"And they took their little lad up front, Michael Mifsud, off as soon as they knew they had the game won.
"To tell the truth, I didn't see anything different last night from what I saw in the first leg at St James' Park.
"They had the same three or four strengths - but we will be working on their weaknesses."
Meanwhile, reserve goalkeeper Steve Harper is a target for North East rivals Sunderland, with West Ham also monitoring the shot-stopper's availability.
The 31-year-old is out of contract at the end of the forthcoming campaign and The Black Cats are stepping up their search to find a possible successor to Kelvin Davis, who has been in talks with Southampton.
The Hammers, too, are keen to bolster their goalkeeping department, following Shaka Hislop's decision to leave Upton Park and embark on a career in The MLS with FC Dallas.