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