Roeder: "Dyer Was Too Good To Waste"

Last updated : 26 October 2006 By Footy Mad - Editor

.... the 27-year-old emerged for his first run out in six months to play the last half hour of the Magpies' 3-0 win over Portsmouth.

Dyer almost scored having only been on the pitch three minutes, but the story book ending didn't quite come true.

Glenn Roeder: "I took that decision when I watched him play in a friendly. I pulled him off after 60 minutes. The intention was he was going to play a full 90 minutes, but he was so outstanding in that game at the training ground, it occurred to me I ought to be putting him on the bench for the game.

"I thought it would give everyone a lift. He's got great respect in our dressing room and I thought by putting him on the bench not only would he give us a lift, he would give our supporters a lift.

"I didn't particularly have intentions of putting him on, but when he was called into action, we saw there how very quick he is, how rapid he is when he carries the ball and he was unlucky not to score on a couple of occasions.

"He's a very happy player tonight. I'm so pleased to see Kieron Dyer with a smile on his face again."