Norwich City’s Robert Snodgrass looking to take the game to Liverpool
10:44 28 September 2012
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Norwich City forward Robert Snodgrass is confident they have the players who can do some damage against Liverpool as the two sides look for their first Premier League win of the season.
"He’s had to be patient with the way the manager went with his plans but he’s a great footballer. We’re going to damage teams if we get him on the ball."
Both teams go into tomorrow’s meeting at Carrow Road (3pm) in the bottom four in the table after five games each and still searching for that elusive first victory.
But Snodgrass, who scored one of the Canaries’ two league goals so far this season to earn a 1-1 draw at Tottenham four weeks ago, thinks the tide will turn in their favour sooner rather than later.
“I think people watching can see that we’ve got dangerous players in our team, we can play and we’ve also got a very, very hard-working side,” said the 25-year-old Scotland international. “You see that in the stats as well. I think that teams preparing for games will know as well that it’s just a matter of time before we take our chances.
“There’s no panic or anything like that. It’s just about belief, and believing that we can get a result because we’ve created numerous chances and mostly played well but it’s just not happened for us. You need to keep believing, that’s why we’re here. If you don’t believe there’s no point in being in this Premier League.”
Snodgrass, City’s summer signing from Leeds, admits Liverpool are in a false position after their faltering start under new boss Brendan Rodgers, losing three of their five league matches – the latest a 2-1 home defeat by Manchester United, when Jonjo Shelvey was shown the red card in the first half.
“You can’t really write Liverpool off in the sense that with the strength in depth they’ve got in the squad, and the quality, they’re a match for any team,” he said. “They were doing well against Manchester United and the sending-off kind of changed the game.
“We know what we’re up against, some tough opposition but I’m sure they realise that we’ve got some players that can damage them as well.
“I think for us it’s about what we do with the ball. We know they’re going to be a threat but we are at home and we’ll be taking the game to Liverpool.
“This is the way we play. We’ve done well most every game we’ve played. We’ve not taken our chances but we’re just waiting for that chance to go in off somebody’s backside or a goal in the top corner, whatever it takes, and I firmly believe we’ll kick on.”
Snodgrass and Wes Hoolahan started a Premier League game together for City for the first time at Newcastle last Sunday, when they were beaten 1-0 – nearly seven years since they first played alongside each other in the Scottish Premier.
“I played with Wes when I was at Livingston and he is a fantastic footballer on the ball,” said Snodgrass.
“He’s had to be patient with the way the manager went with his plans but he’s a great footballer.
“When he gets in the right areas areas, he’s a quality player and we just need to get him in those areas a little bit more and hope he can damage teams.
“He’s that type of player but you need him in the right areas to get on the ball and he did that in the second half, as well as the first half, just before Newcastle scored.
“We’re going to damage teams if we get him on the ball.
“He’s the playmaker as such and makes us tick so if we get him on the ball, we’ll get the chances for Grant Holt, Steve Morison and Simeon Jackson and I firmly believe we’ll kick on and get a few victories under our belt.”
“As a professional footballer I think you need to try to believe you can score every game. I have belief in myself and I believe these strikers here do exactly the same. But it’s not about an individual, it’s about the team and we need to try to get a victory on the board.”