Roeder hails Cureton's class
Norwich's saviour Jamie Cureton drew high praise from Glenn Roeder, while Jim Magilton gave the hosts credit.
Last Updated: 04/11/07 7:28pm
Norwich City's saviour Jamie Cureton drew high praise from new manager Glenn Roeder, while Ipswich Town boss Jim Magilton gave credit to his side's local rivals.
Cureton struck a second half equaliser for Norwich to start Roeder's reign at Carrow Road with a 2-2 draw after Owen Garvan's own goal brought the hosts back into the match following first half efforts from Ipswich's Alan Lee and Pablo Counago.
Roeder, who only took over at Norwich in the week, was impressed with the prowess of former Colchester striker Cureton.
"I don't think you realise how hard that chance was," said Roeder. "To lift the ball over the goalkeeper like that was a goal worthy of the very best.
"It was Premier League finishing."
Former Newcastle boss Roeder signed a two-and-a-half year deal at Carrow Road this week and admitted he was glad to be back in the game.
He explained: "I really missed football over the last few months and it's very satisfying that the boys put in so much effort.
"But it wasn't satisfying that the effort didn't give us three points because I thought we were the better side throughout.
"We are in this situation and we have to accept that. This isn't the time for moaning and groaning and the crowd were tremendous.
"But we have to play with that level of intensity every match now. They've set the benchmark."
Ipswich manager Jim Magilton felt that his side should have won the game, but heaped praise on the home side's comeback.
Magilton said: "You have to give credit to Norwich. They threw all caution to the wind in the second half and threw everything at us.
"But if we'd defended properly we would have won the game.
"It's amazing what a new manager can do to a team. It's the same group of players which have been struggling all year and I'm sure Peter Grant is sitting at home amazed by that.
"We were a bit lucky to be 2-0 up at the break, but it could have been any score, there were so many chances at either end.
"It's another point that we can build on and it had everything. It was hugely entertaining, but the quality wasn't the best."