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Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 25/08/2012 Robert Snodgrass of Norwich takes on Armand Traore of QPR and Junior Hoilett of QPR during the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Robert Snodgrass took his place as one of three ex-Leeds United team-mates in Norwich City’s Premier League midfield at the weekend – and the Scotland international believes their previous experience of playing alongside each other showed.
Jonny Howson and Bradley Johnson featured alongside Snodgrass in Leeds’ midfield during the days spent searching for League One promotion – and over the last 12 months, all three have completed moves to Carrow Road.
Snodgrass was the last to join, arriving this summer and completing his competitive home debut in the 1-1 draw with QPR on Saturday.
And while the 24-year-old has found it easy to settle in at City, he believes his familiarity with Howson and Johnson was evident at the weekend.
“This is the way it’s turned out, ex-Leeds players being three of the four in midfield and I’ve played with these lads before, I know their strengths and I firmly believe it showed against QPR,” said Snodgrass.
“Bradley is a big strong lad and he was up winning loads of headers, and Jonny drives forward and does lots of different things. But it’s not about Leeds or where we’ve come from. It’s about great team performances for Norwich. Some lads were giving their all, other lads were giving even more and I’m sure we can build on Saturday.
“I don’t think knowing Jonny or Bradley has made it any easier to settle or anything like that. I know these Norwich players. We’d played against them in the Championship and League One.
“There are some fantastic footballers here, great character and depth among the squad. You look at Steve Morison, Grant Holt – these players have done it wherever they’ve gone. Hopefully we can get these players banging the goals in the way they were last season.
“Right now that’s probably the wee bit missing, scoring more goals, but there are still loads of positives about.”
As far as home debuts go, Snodgrass’ was eye-catching. Maybe the only thing missing for him was also a goal.
And while the Scot was cautious on predicting how much more will come from him over the coming season, he was happy to back his new team-mates to push City on.
“I can’t determine what’s to come or what’s going to be happening next week or the week after – as long as you’re training hard and you’ve got air in your lungs, you are enjoying football,” he said.
“These lads here are young, hungry lads and they want to do well for themselves and for their team. And you can’t go wrong with people like that.
“Hopefully we can build on it. I’m not saying we’re going to do this or that – that would be wrong or disrespectful. But we’ll have a great team spirit approaching these games thinking we can win, and that’s the only way you can drive forward in this league.”
That all starts with the visit to Andre Villas-Boas’ Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday – at the ground where Norwich’ produced their most productive afternoon on the road last season.
Snodgrass should have recovered from a slight knock to his right ankle in time for the trip to White Hart Lane, having missed City’s League Cup win over Scunthorpe on Tuesday night.
He added: “I missed a few pre-season games and these lads are maybe two or three more games ahead of me, but I’m getting up to speed with them now so hopefully I can kick on.”