Robert Snodgrass left asking why over Norwich City’s Premier League predicament
17:48 05 May 2014
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Robert Snodgrass acknowledged Norwich City gave it everything they had at Chelsea – but left ruing their impending relegation.
A goalless draw at Stamford Bridge against a Jose Mourinho side chasing the Premier League title would usually be a terrific result – but this time, only a win would have boosted City’s survival hopes.
Now Norwich are left hoping Sunderland lose their two remaining games – both at home, to West Brom on Wednesday and then Swansea on Sunday – to stand any chance of another shot at the top flight. Even then, City would have to beat Arsenal at Carrow Road on the final day.
“We wouldn’t have been able to look at ourselves in the mirror if we hadn’t given it our all and given ourselves the chance of taking it down to the very last day,” said Snodgrass. “We showed the character of men, we were leaders and we put our bodies on the line and tried to give everything we could.
“It’s one of those games where you look back and you’ve got the point, but you’re sitting there thinking ‘why are we in this position?’ It’s very frustrating, very disappointing but our task was to not get beaten, and we achieved that.
“We’ve believed Olsson’s (penalty claim) was a penalty, and then my chance I just tried to get half a yard on to my right foot to get the shot away, but (Gary) Cahill made a great block. We gave our best and kept going, but we were up against world-class opposition. But we will keep going, keep believing we can get something. Hopefully West Brom can do us a favour.”
Snodgrass was voted Scotland’s international player of the year ahead of Celtic’s Scott Brown, Everton’s Steven Naismith and Ikechi Anya of Watford by the Scottish Football Writers’ Association. The 26-year-old added: “It’s nice to be recognised and rewarded if people in the game think you’re making an impact. It’s also pleasing because of the calibre of the other candidates.”