Desire will define the survival scrap, according to Norwich City winger Robert Snodgrass

Robert Snodgrass joins in with the dejection at the final whistle of Norwich City's home defeat to Liverpool last weekend. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Robert Snodgrass joins in with the dejection at the final whistle of Norwich City's home defeat to Liverpool last weekend. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Thursday, April 24, 2014
12:07 PM

Robert Snodgrass is not about to go back on what he believes will earn Premier League survival – or that Norwich City still have what it takes to achieve it.

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Quite what the Canaries have in store for them at Old Trafford this weekend is a tough one to call, given David Moyes’ sacking from the Manchester United hot seat and Ryan Giggs’ dispatch to the dugout.

But what City need remains the same – just a handful of points from just about the hardest run-in the Premier League can dish out.

“It was always a big ask to stay up,” said Snodgrass, set to complete his second season in the top flight. “I said it at the very start – it’s about who wants it the most, and who wants to keep this club in the Premier League. That’s all it is.

“We can’t look at anybody else. We need to look at ourselves and focus on ourselves because, looking at other results isn’t going to get us out of the trouble we’re in. If you didn’t realise that before, then you realise now that you’re bang in the mix.

“There are three teams that can catch us now and we will need to give that second-half performance in the Liverpool game from now until the end of the season. Nothing less. And hopefully we can stay in the Premier League.

“That has set the standard and that’s what the manager has said as well. That’s exactly what it should be. Even in training, every single day, put a demand on yourself and sometimes you get a little bit of luck; sometimes you don’t.”

Snodgrass says discussions over what happens next season should that not materialise between now and May 11 have been off-limits.

“Everything is about the next game now – we prepared the best we possibly could for Liverpool, and we will do exactly the same again for United.

“It maybe feels like things have gone against us but you can’t cry over spilt milk. These things happen throughout a football match. Everything happens throughout a football season.

“It’s up to you as a professional to deal with that mentally, and to try to move forward.”

17 comments

  • The problem Snodgrass has faced all season is having to play on the right wing, which was completely idiotic. Under Neil Adams he is now being repositioned centrally in a diamond formation , which is a far better deployment as we saw against Liverpool. I hope Neil finds Bennett fit enough to start because having him on one flank and Redmond on the other will give the front men service. I know Snodgrass will give it 100%. I do wonder, however, about the level of commitment from some other members of our squad as there has been very questionable performances during the season.

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    malaga flier

    Friday, April 25, 2014

  • I fancy a draw on saturday... United are iffy at home and Giggs won't want to lose... we are on the up, but we are still playing at Old Trafford

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    jops

    Friday, April 25, 2014

  • Been our best player this season and given his all.Its a shame players like Pilkington and Bassong haven't!

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    dave123

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • no need to worry lads.we will win at man u ,and a point from arsenal.thats us safe.

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    bluelight

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • positive thinking and passion from players, fans and management and all we will need to worry about after the end of the season is the squad for mid table premier league next season. There are a lot of factors that can be in our favor for each of the three remaining fixtures if we care to step up.

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    MichiganCanary

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • Michigan Canary sounds a positive note - Can we have a truce and get behind the team before navel gazing into next season?

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    mardler

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • PS. I think even Rip and Hoops could shine in the lower league.

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    jigs69

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • I think the current squad would have a good chance in the Championship, as they are mostly Championship quality, with the exception of Snodgrass, Redmond, Howson and Olsson who have shown they can hack it in the Prem and Fer and Tettey when they started out. I'd cash in on Ruddy and put Rudd straight in.

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    jigs69

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • DJ - I am not sure about next season's skipper but it would be good if Howson is still here to be a candidate. There is a fair bit of dead wood to be disposed of and I find it hard to be positive until it has gone.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • They must love these contractual interviews. Do they volunteer or does a name get pulled out of a hat. Not sure they add anything to the party. Snodgrass seems to have knuckled down and refocused after his strop at the snakepit. Defo one to keep although I think he will need to kept in check. Dingo, thought Becchio might get a look-in with the change of management but NA doesn't seem to fancy him either. We'll probably never know what he was capable of (or not). As for skipper next year, not sure, maybe Howson.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • We've been getting fighting talk all season, trouble is it usually precedes disaster.

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • Although it is an extremely tough run in, there are circumstances in our favour - the second half performance against Liverpool was great for confidence; in those terms we won the second half 2 - 1. The dabacle at Man U can work in our favour, especially if we can snatch an early goal. The next game at Chelsea is immediatley after their second leg Champions league tie, and Arsenal have proved time and time again they can be beaten by anybody. Let's hope NA can get in the team's heads to take advantage of these factors. I don't think CH could have done.

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    MichiganCanary

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • Much as i love and admire Snoddy as a player and his work ethic is un surpassed. There is no way that you can hand him the Captaincy of the club. He would want to do everything include drive the team bus. Look what happened with the penalty instance with RVW earlier in the season and sadly we have not had another penalty for that incident to be rectified. Who knows if RVW would have been a more confident individual if he had taken and scored that spot kick

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    GPL

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • The ex-Leeds lads must be kept if the worst happens. And I include Becchio in that.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • Snods for Captain surely

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    Croydonary

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • :( When Snoddys starting to lose faith you know you're in trouble. “It was always a big ask to stay up” isnt what I was hoping to hear but at least hes honest. We need some well deserved (and over due) luck to come our way. Im obviously going to believe it but I firmly believe no other club is more deserving of a bit of luck than us at NCFC. Everything & Anything that could go against us, has done this season. Keep going lads. OTBC

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • Is Snoddy next season`s Championship skipper? Or is he keeping a high profile ready for a move? He`d be OK for a mid\low table Prem side, say Stoke, Palace or Villa. Prove me wrong, Robert. I`d be delighted.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

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