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Last Updated: Thursday, 8 March 2007, 23:02 GMT
Roeder confident after first leg
Newcastle boss Glenn Roeder
Roeder is upbeat that Newcastle can still progress
Newcastle boss Glenn Roeder remains confident his side can reach the Uefa Cup quarter-finals, despite conceding two first-leg away goals to AZ Alkmaar.

The Magpies will take a 4-2 lead into next week's second leg in Holland and Roeder said: "I have to be positive.

"We will go there and do a thoroughly professional job. AZ are going to come out and attack - they have to.

"I can certainly see their best form of defence is to attack and they need to do that next Thursday."

Roeder was pleased his team matched Alkmaar physically and added: "It was important we competed well for every ball.

"I demanded a positive approach in my team-talk and we got that.

"We are a bit sick about the penalty awarded against Steven Taylor.

As long as the team wins and progresses to the next round, I don't mind where I play

Kieron Dyer

"Sometimes, we would have got away with that one; sometimes we would not and tonight we did not.

"The referee decided it was a penalty when other referees would have looked at that as totally accidental."

Midfielder Kieron Dyer also believes Newcastle can progress, if they hold their nerve in the second leg.

Dyer was outstanding, despite playing on the right wing, a position that he admits being uncomfortable in.

But he said: "If they beat us 2-0, they go through.

"I fully expect us to go over there and cause them a few problems.

"And as long as the team wins and progresses to the next round, I don't mind where I play."



SEE ALSO
Newcastle 4-2 AZ Alkmaar
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