Norwich City’s Biggest win to date for Robert Snodgrass, while Alex Bruce stays calm over Hull situation
14:13 20 January 2014
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It didn’t take Robert Snodgrass long to answer the question – and the days since Norwich City’s FA Cup exit at Fulham back him up. Beating Hull – the Canaries’ biggest win of the season so far.
“Yes – in terms of how much it means, especially with the manager being under pressure,” said Snodgrass. “It’s a great win and shows everyone is behind him. Everyone is fighting. We’re all pulling in the right direction and when you look over the course of it then yeah, it is.
“It feels good, it feels like a big weight off our shoulders. There’s only so many times you can say you could do more. I think you could see in the first half we were the better side and we’re delighted to get three points. I’m buzzing.”
Snodgrass also felt City’s players paid back some of their debt to supporters and manager Chris Hughton with victory over Hull.
Once again the Canaries did it when necessary, after a gutsy win over Steve Bruce’s side eased the pressure on their own boss – despite for long periods looking like their old goalscoring issues would be their downfall.
That was until Ryan Bennett headed home Snodgrass’ corner three minutes from time to seal the three points and draw level with their visitors in the Premier League table.
And no doubt the most vital win of the season so far will have been felt most by Hughton – who along with everyone inside Carrow Road will hope this time, victory can be a genuine springboard to more settled times.
“We owed the fans, I’d absolutely agree with that,” said Snodgrass. “Many fans were frustrated after the past couple of games and rightly so, we’ve not won enough games. But let’s be honest, we’re joint-points with Hull who are getting a lot of praise. So the points don’t lie.
“The atmosphere in there afterwards was different class. The togetherness is unbelievable. We know we haven’t got the wins but we’re doing the right things and we’re right behind the manager. There’s no better feeling than winning a game.”
On the flip side of City’s success was a realisation for Hull that however many people have praised their efforts so far, they are a long way from securing their Premier League status for a second season.
“The gap is five points, which was the same as it was before the game – if there’s any consolation to take from the game then that’s it,” said Norwich-born centre-back and the manager’s son, Alex Bruce.
“We played well first-half and they were the better team in the second without a shadow of a doubt. Defensively, I thought we handled everything they threw at us. To concede so late was just a sucker punch. It’s a very disappointing result. We just need to make sure we don’t get too downhearted, there were positives to take out of the game and hopefully we can take that into the next game against Palace and hopefully get some lady luck.
“If somebody had offered us 10th at the start of the season and being five points clear then we’d have taken that. We just need to keep positive and we’ll be OK.”