Robert Snodgrass is playing for high stakes at Norwich City
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Norwich City midfielder Robert Snodgrass does not want the stain of Premier League relegation on his CV or the distressing potential fallout it could bring to the Canaries.
Snodgrass is acutely aware of the ramifications for himself, his family, the fans and all those who work for the football club should Neil Adams be unable to pull the squad out of their current downward spiral. Russell Martin stated earlier this week the trip to Fulham is as big as it comes and the man who operates in tandem down the right-flank does not disagree.
“I would echo what he said. It is spot on. It is the biggest game because it could be the difference between supporting your families if the club go down and the people here losing their jobs,” said Snodgrass. “That is one thing I would definitely not want to be part of. We see these people on a daily basis, everyone who works here and you could not meet a nicer bunch. It is such a close-knit club and city. We are all in it together.
“Some of us may never get the chance to play in the Premier League again. I don’t want to be part of a side who gets the club relegated. I have worked far too hard for that. People speak about five cup finals and it is. You just have to work hard every day and every game and treat it like it’s your last because we know what is at stake and there is no hiding place.”
Norwich’s dire away form since claiming a point at Crystal Palace on New Year’s Day has sucked them closer to the bottom three but Snodgrass insists City can arrest that decline at Craven Cottage.
“Only people who are mentally weak think you have lost the last such and such number of games so you are going to get beat again,” he said. “I can’t speak for the rest of the players how they are going to approach it but I will be giving every single thing I can to try and help the club.
“That is definitely not me and I hope it is none of my team mates. I would hate to think that. I get up every morning trying to be the best I can as an individual. It is up to the manager to get that winning belief into the boys away from home, but I know we can beat anybody on our day and that includes Fulham.
“I hear too much to be honest about what other teams can do. We have players in this team who can hurt others. It is a battle now and it is all about who wants to keep their club in the Premier League.”