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Thursday, March 14, 2013
Norwich City midfielder Robert Snodgrass is convinced the Canaries will not shirk the battles ahead as they bid to seal Premier League safety.
Chris Hughton’s men travel to Sunderland this weekend before another test on the road at struggling Wigan following the international break. With the Latics’ relegation rivals Reading and Aston Villa also visiting Carrow Road during the run-in Snodgrass knows City are in for some ferocious encounters.
“Every game is a battle. You don’t go out there in the Premier League and get an easy game – never. I’ve not had it since I arrived here and from the feedback from the other players, they’ve not had it either,” he said. “You need to bite and scratch, do everything you possibly can as an individual to try to do better than your opponent.
“That’s what it takes for 11 men on the park – to roll your sleeves up and battle. It’s dogged down at the bottom of the league.
“Everyone is fighting for points – you see QPR have just picked up and it opens things up again and they might think they’ve got a chance of staying up.
“Everybody’s trying to avoid relegation. People can speak about second season syndrome but we’ve beaten Manchester United and Arsenal and we’re not saying it isn’t tough. It doesn’t get any easier as the games go on, especially when you’re looking over your shoulder to see who’s catching you.”
Snodgrass draws plenty of confidence from the type of characters inside the Canaries’ dressing room to suggest Norwich can fight fire with fire over a tense Premier League finale.
“I’ve seen why certain individuals have stayed here and they’ve got back-to-back promotions because of the great desire among the boys,” he said. “I’m quite happy to be part of that.
“There are certain games where people would have thought Norwich are going to lose or not get anything and we’ve got the vital points. That’s why I always speak about the word belief because you need to have it in abundance. I believe in my team-mates and I believe in me. When you’ve got that, it’s a good thing to have because you know the guy beside you is going to go the extra five or 10 yards to try to help you.
“There are no big egos. We have Sébastien Bassong and Michael Turner, who have played in the Premier League at a high level, and they’re great lads, great to have about the place. There is nobody bigger than anybody else and I don’t think Norwich can be built that way, really, with anybody bigger than the club.
“It wouldn’t work. We’ve got honest, hard-working lads who will put their body on the line and that’s why we’ve got so many good results this season.”