Robert Snodgrass delighted to shake off West Ham niggle with Norwich City’s win over Tottenham
00:12 24 February 2014
Norwich City supporters would have found it difficult to digest that West Ham defeat 12 days ago. The same goes for that Robert Snodgrass chance in the first half, one which could have set City on their way to a priceless away win.
What Norwich fans should also appreciate is that Snodgrass felt exactly the same in that defeat’s aftermath. And yes, it definitely played a part in his match-winning goal against Spurs.
“Ricky (van Wolfswinkel) did well, a great throughball from Bradley Johnson and then it was up to me to get a good touch and try to beat the keeper, and I did that,” said Snodgrass. “I’m delighted to get on the scoresheet because I’ve had a few chances of late that I should’ve scored. I know that myself, and that was the way to repay the lads.
“Fortunately it was the winning goal and to win against Spurs, there’s no better feeling.
“That West Ham game has been fresh in my mind because in that game, West Ham couldn’t get near us at times. I thought we were different class. And even at Cardiff as well, we were very good. I’ve really enjoyed our level of performance and being part of that. I’ve just not enjoyed the results and obviously the fans haven’t either.
“So it was a great way to repay the fans today, who have come out in their numbers and stuck by us. That performance is for everybody and hopefully we can now build on it.”
Remarkably, City have now gone more than 393 minutes without conceding a Premier League goal at Carrow Road.
And at the other end, Snodgrass came close to adding a second with a free-kick – although not as close as Bradley Johnson’s pile-driver of a free-kick that crashed against the underside of the crossbar.
“I said to Brad to hit it because it was a bit far out for me and he’s got a fierce left foot,” said Snodgrass.
“Some of his shots hit the top of the stand, some are like today – it was a great effort. I thought it was in straight away and I was cheering.
“It wasn’t just that. His level of performance today, him and Alex Tettey all over the park. Everybody was brilliant and that’s what it takes to beat a side like Tottenham.”
So once again City relieve the previously building pressure on manager Chris Hughton
“He’s a man who doesn’t show any signs of pressure,” added Snodgrass. “People have been very critical in the past about us going for it and different things.
“But we’ve had a good few chances. It’s the players. It’s up to us to score goals. We can’t look to the manager when I go through one on one, or Gary Hooper misses a chance. There comes a point, it might be a defender, winger – it’s up to us to lift people up if they do miss a chance. But like today, we took our chance and we got three points.
“We owed it to ourselves because the work rate we’ve put in over the last month or so has been unbelievable. So everything is there for us.”