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Robert Snodgrass well aware that chances have cost Norwich City – and they are running out

Robert Snodgrass scores Norwich City's second goal but it wasn't enough to earn anything from their clash with title-chasing Liverpool at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Robert Snodgrass scores Norwich City's second goal but it wasn't enough to earn anything from their clash with title-chasing Liverpool at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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Player after player, happy to stop for a chat to the waiting journalists in the mixed zone. That’s what happens when you’re top of the league and not a lot of points from the Premier League title. Especially when you’re going about your business with the style and bravery Liverpool are currently exuding.

The story was a little tricker for Robert Snodgrass, tasked with facing the other side of the questioning as Norwich City tried to absorb their fourth defeat in a row.

They are still out of the top-flight relegation zone, yet the feeling remains when rather than if.

And that despite the kind of rallying performance City have only mustered twice before in the league this season – at home to Everton and West Ham.

Sadly, gallant efforts don’t earn you points – although judging by the reaction of Carrow Road to the final whistle, they do earn you credit. And that was running pretty low too. But it didn’t change the fact City’s failings are spanning managerial reigns. Crucial moments simply aren’t going Norwich’s way, whoever the opposition.

“Obviously if you’re not going to be up for a fight now, then there’s no point really – we’re in a relegation dogfight, we’re playing against the team that’s top of the league; we had to be ready,” said Snodgrass.

“The boy (Raheem Sterling) puts one in the top corner and then in the second half they get a deflection that lobs the keeper. Those little bits do change games and probably a little bit of nerves crept in as well.

“That’s part and parcel of football and that’s probably to be expected when things aren’t going well for you, and the results are not going quite right. But in the second half we looked like a different team.

“The manager will be scratching his head wondering why we can’t start like that. We will assess things during the week and look over the game, and we need to try to put it right against Manchester United.”

And that last comment does a good job of summing up where City are – because if they can’t put it right at Old Trafford, they will have to put it right at either Stamford Bridge or at home to Arsenal.

“The table doesn’t lie,” he added. “We’re where we are for a reason –we haven’t won enough games. We’ve not taken our chances.

“Under the old manager as well, we had chances. And here, you’re expected to have a go when you are two goals down, trying to get back in it. That’s exactly what we’ve done. It wasn’t to be – the quality they have shown in the right areas and at the right times is why they are top.

“When teams go in front down the bottom, they put everybody behind the ball. Liverpool never did that. They go for the jugular. They go all out. They’re hungry for goals. That’s the way they play. So there were always going to be chances for us. We knew that.

“But also, we knew how good they were going forward. Every time they went forward, they go for the jugular – and that’s the way it should be.”

Slipping to a two-goal deficit inside the opening 11 minutes meant Norwich were always chasing the game – even if such blinding starts have become something of a trademark for Liverpool this season.

“It’s a big ask, especially when you give teams like Liverpool two goals to start – which isn’t usually like us at Carrow Road; we usually start the game really well,” added Snodgrass.

“It was a big ask then in the second half, but I thought we gave a great account of ourselves. We rolled our sleeves up and gave the maximum effort that obviously, we should have done since the start of the game.

“They have started like that against Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal. They’ve done that against them all.

“But fair play to the boys, we hung on in there. And you could see from the crowd at the end – they were standing up, cheering us, because that’s what they expect every game. That’s the minimum. And that’s exactly what we did.”

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  • I made a complementary comment on the `Neil Adams\doubt` board, TrevorK. Not in total agreement with you, but addressing the same topic - `Dilettante Directors`. Also `Footy People` vs `Money People`. Machianalli, being in the latter category, needed a really good `Footy` person to look after the small matter of... Football. But his Board picked Chrissy instead. I suspect Da Vito was largely instrumental in selecting Lambert, not so sure about how Hughton & Cohorts came about. Perhaps Bowkett found them easier to `work` with - so unlike the severely `impatient` Lambert?

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

  • Lets be clear, McNally is not the chairman of NCFC, the board as a whole are simply business people who are supporters of our club in both senses of the word. McNally is a very experienced football executive and is there to advise the board, however, as shareholders they rightly have the final say in matters. Few if any football club boards are filled with experienced football people so we are no different in that. I for one would rather stick with the current set up, than see an overseas shark come in and asset strip our club, it belongs to the fans and that includes Delia, long may that be the case.

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    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

  • Sadly, I agree with Peter Watson. However, good luck NA, hope the players turn up for you on Saturday, preferably both halfs.

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

  • The fact that a 3-2 home defeat is one of its' highlights proves the point what an awful season this has been but one thing I discovered recently.As long as you completely ignore the very noble people who write the history of such seasons, as they pollute the rational yellow and green mind with facts,this season will be one of many equally awful seasons over the last 50 years and the long-term memory takes care of those.This season will soon be consigned to that memory dustbin.

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    Peter Watson

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

  • Lot of sense on here. Business school types suck. Our Chairman makes fatuous remarka so ipso facto sucks. I admit I am pro McNally and believe our non-football board stopped him from pulling the trigger on Hughton. Finally, Stew I agree re Ruddy. Let him go with Bunn and Nash. Declan is the future.

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    el dingo

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • Yes, it would be interesting to understand why the board did not act on the managerial appointment in January, McN did give some reasons earlier even those these turned out to be wrong. I can't accept that McNally knows nothing about football, he is clearly very sharp, was head of Sales & Marketing at Celtic for four years, Managing Director at Fulham for three years and has been our CEO for nearly five years. That is a lot more direct experience than any of the business-school pr!cks that turn up to tell me how to do my job.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • we played the best team in the league today.if we can play like that against the next 3 lesser teams we can still do it but we can't afford to give teams a 2 goal start.We must be do an away win.

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    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • Malaga, the chairman knows less about football than i do about the breeding cycle of the common hedgehog, he i am afraid has been part of the problem with the overlong stay of Mr Hughton. Should have gone after the Luton game. Still hindsight is marvellous now,but if only the bullet had been fired earlier.

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    Sunday, April 20, 2014

  • Thought you had a great game, Robert. The problem doesn't lie in today's performance. It has its roots back to a series of abysmal displays under Hughton when we failed time and again to show up, let alone beat many of those clubs around us. If the spirit and determination we showed in the second half today had been present during the rest of the season we'd have been in a different place. But we are now really in deep water and given our fixtures it looks like the Championship next season. I believe and have always said Hughton should have gone long ago and for the Board to have nailed its colours to his mast for so long was a blind act of faith, which went against the evidence of our paltry goals for and our league position. I wonder what happened to the Chairman's bland assertion that we would finish a boring mid-table!!?

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    malaga flier

    Sunday, April 20, 2014

  • .....Robert ...Liverpool are a class act at the moment...they have belief in their ability to score, and it certainly showed from the start...We were hesitant and in awe for the first 15mins...Gradually we pulled ourselves together, and things began to go right....There is a problem in midfield with yourself and the others, that you have to be here , there and everywhere...that confuses you all...Mr Adams will sort that out anon, and give you all individual tasks which will knit together for our advantage!....My other concern is the current attitude of John Ruddy...It gives the impression that his agent has lined him up for a move in the Summer, and he is treading water at present!...I hope I am mistaken!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Sunday, April 20, 2014

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