Robert Snodgrass believes it’s the players’ fault for Norwich City’s failings – not Chris Hughton or anyone else

Norwich City boss Chris Hughton gives instructions to Robert Snodgrass on the Carrow Road touchline. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Norwich City boss Chris Hughton gives instructions to Robert Snodgrass on the Carrow Road touchline. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
7:00 AM

Robert Snodgrass believes Norwich City’s players should take the blame for their disappointing season to date – and not Chris Hughton.

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The Canaries boss has carried the can for most of the campaign from supporters who hoped City would enjoy an easier ride in the Premier League at the third attempt – and after a record transfer outlay.

However, Snodgrass believes responsibility for Norwich’s poor form – partially rectified by victory over Hull on Saturday – should lie at the players’ door.

“I think it’s the players fault – it’s not lack of effort, it’s putting the ball in the net,” said the Scotland winger. “That’s the only thing that’s been lacking. We’ve got so much determination and we want to do well, but you need to score – that’s what wins the game.

“It’s not through lack of chances or trying. If we had gone off 0-0 at full-time on Saturday, we’d have the fans against us saying we hadn’t done enough.

“You need to keep believing, I’ve said that since the summer. We believed in the end we could do it on Saturday and we did it.

“We’ve got to take belief from that and send a message to other teams that when you come here, it’s going to be a very tough game.

“We’ve not been as clinical as we were last year at Carrow Road. But I don’t think we’ve done too bad. We’ve picked up points away from home and some of the others could have gone the other way.

“We know we got a good result against Hull but the season doesn’t end there. It’s a platform. We’ve got Newcastle here next, we’ll be fired up and ready.”

City’s FA Cup exit at Fulham means a free weekend to prepare. Snodgrass added: “You could say it’s handy but it’s like last time against West Ham – you want to keep playing and keep that momentum going.

“I think the manager would want the games to come thick and fast. We’ll be full of confidence and if we keep showing enthusiasm and take momentum into it, we won’t be far off.”

48 comments

  • So Pilkington actually tweeted "Ive said it once and ill say it again, James Vaughan should be still at this club"?

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    ncfc boy

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • As a matter of interest, when did the whole team come out supporting David Fox's attempts to be involved in the first team and how did this coming out manifest itself?

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    PaulWho

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • oldtimer - are you really an oldtimer? - we can always rely on you to tell it like it is.

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    Cecil

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • Well said Snodgrass. It`s about time those really responsible took the responsibility for the poor performances. We do not have a captain worthy of the title. Someone taking command on the pitch in this bunch would be a miracle.

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    willb

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • Alan Smith in the D.Telegraph has us down for relegation. Hard to argue against him after the recent fare we have seen. Wake up Mr McNally by the time we are in the bottom 3 it will be too late.

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    scousecanary

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • Derek if you are looking at a dozen kids turning up at the park and putting down two jumpers for a goal, then I would agree that the football is down to the players. Who do you think tells a professional team how to play? It is hard to judge any of the Norwich players when they are playing to the rigid negative tactics of this bunch of clowns but I agree that Snoddy, Wes, RVW, Hoops, et etc are all good players. Pity we won't see the best of them until we have a decent set of coaches.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • I know the feeling chap! Crickey if your going to get accused of lying for not remembering the exact wording of tweet from august lol! Especially when in reality is made the same point what ever the wording. No libel of any sorts.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • Daniel Smith. Im not as angry as some. I was on the fence until recently. Im only angry when someone claims im making something up as NCFC_boy did. While im never in favour of full force riots, protests and such, sometimes us regular paying public venting our frustrations can rather oddly have a positive effect. Take for example Ryan Bennetts comments about the silly Hughton Out Banner at Fulham. In his words it fired him up and made the team more determined to get a result.While maybe it didnt work that game, if the pressure from the fans helped achieve what was a must win game against Hull then thats a positive. (Confused yet...am I lol!). Clearly some players are very behind the manager, but its clearly anything but rosey with others. Dont think Pilks would have dared say the Vaughan tweet under another manager. Either that or he had a blonde moment lol!

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • You really don't need to brown nose Snodgrass, since as Hughtons type of player ( wrong footed, non creative genuine fall guy, and basically a Championship level player) you are guaranteed a first team place every game. Genuine creative flair players have no place in Hughtons thoughts, and if I were you, and Celtic do truly want you, then go. If you could see your way clear to take your favourite man and his equally useless coaching staff with you, then nearly every NCFC fan will love you forever. On a completely different note, Bennetts quote about being fired up by the Hughton out banner resulted in a splendid non appearance by the team who only lost 3 - 0. Good job they were fired up then.The only firing I would love to see done is McNally finally seeing the light and firing Hughton. And finally, I see lots and lots of posts on here from fans who want to see the back of Hughton, but I don't hear it at games. Why not? Whilst I am 100% behind my team and will always support them, I am 110% against Hughton and his sidekicks and will never support these idiots that have dragged our lcub down to this level of dross

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    oldtimer

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • Now I dont get wound up easily but Yes he did! Check his social media feed! The facts are there in front on you. He said "Ive said it once and ill say it again, James Vaughan should be still at this club". Fact, no pub talk there. In respect of the david fox commnet, virtually all of the squad who have social media came out with comments like "was great seeing Foxy back out there today" after the Fulham game. This isnt my opinion of fox should be in the team or Vaughan shouldmt have been sold. Just pointing out the players keep speaking out like this. Dont proclaim im wrong when the facts are there. Or maybe i'll just responding to all you comments of the sky is blue and today its raining with comments like "hes wrong" or "that isn't true" when in fact it clearly is.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • …..Is Robert saying that it is all of the players, or some of the players?..Is he saying that he's not pulling his weight?.....or is he pointing the finger at one or some of his team mates?.....If someone is under performing, perhaps the Manager should have a quiet word in the offenders ear, or do what managers do!...Perhaps the team or club captain could rectify the problem!....Perhaps Robert could do a better job as team captain!....Perhaps Robert should view the performances from a different view...high in the stands, or as his manager is in to video recordings, perhaps they could together, watch one or more of the matches, and then pinpoint where the players are lacking, and why the ball is not finding the back of the net!....perhaps he could try playing as unit in a team rather than as an individual!.....Perhaps he should apportion blame to a certain section of the fans, or the stewards, or the tea lady at Colney, or those not selected to play....Perhaps he could leave the talking to the manager or one of the Captains.....Perhaps he will realise that many supporters can offer very little to sort this out, and are restricted to commenting on here....What we say is intended for the GOOD of Norwich City Football Club...whether we think Mr Hughton is the right man for the job or not!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • If you could gain points by talking about what you should do or will do, we would be top of the league.

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    la barbe

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • Daniel, the future of the club will only improve when Hughton and his useless entourage depart. So I for one will continue my anti Hughton campaign that I started in August 2012 until that great day arrives. I am also continuing my boycott of all NCFC games until Hughton is gone.

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • Facebook... twitter my goodness whatever next. I dont go there and never will. Or is it me? Its already caused so many problems. Ban it I say.

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    sharky

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • Quality posting Brewer. Which other team's supporters would burst into Billy Wagstaff quotations? Perhaps- "Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown..".. would be appropriate for Clueless Chris..??

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    Timbo

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • Personally I think we sold Holty at the right time. It's interesting that he hasn't had the success at Championship level we were all expecting. I hope does well at Villa but not at our expense.

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    PaulWho

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • libel my backside!grow up!

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • Daniel, the future of the club will only improve when Hughton and his useless entourage depart. So I for one will continue my anti Hughton campaign that I started in August 2012 until that great day arrives. I am also continuing my boycott of all NCFC games until Hughton is gone.

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • Archant please take note, your insistence on making me answer survey questions before I can read the articles is getting tiresome. Refrain from making such ultimatums or I'll happily use other media, which would be a shame since I've used the pinkun ever since I moved to Canada.

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    MontrealYella

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • he man is spot on, its the players out there with the ball, not hoots

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    Derek McDonald

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • Not that it matters as its only one person claiming im lying but ive just dug up the Pilks comment regarding vaughan and re-tweeted it on my social media account (@mattjohnson333) if anyone is still doubting its existence. Pilks does later claim its only his opinion but its still questionable whether its smart to do that while the same manager is at the club.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • Like I said I dont get wound up often, especially over silly web forum comments but when something is black and white in front of you and someone just casually tells you your lying without even bothering to check it really gets my goat! If I have to ill trial back through all my retweets of months and months and find the every blooming message. give me strength!

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • Sorry, I misunderstood the original posting. I thought you meant there had been some sort of pro Fox protest, not some congratulatory Twitter messages.

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    PaulWho

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • SHOCK HORROR....as managers favourite player comes out in public in support of him. I fully expect to see this on main headlines of the news this evening...Zzzzzz. Good PR Spin....no player regular in the first team xi is ever going to come out and say anything but positive PR regarding the manager. Different story though when the whole team comes out supporting David Fox's attempts to be involved in the first team, or when Becchio makes a desperate plea to be even acknowledged let alone played. How about when the manager refuses to state he wants Wes Hoolahan an its left to players like Ruddy to come out stating how important he is to the team? Great management there Mr Hughton. Dont forget the likes of Pilkington going off on rants saying "I said it once and ill say it again, James Vaughan should still be playing at this club and should never have been sold". Holts comments after leaving the club spoke volumes to me. Biggest thing to happen was McNally's comments to Hughton. I expect new pants were required when Chris heard those comments! The level of unrest from staff at NCFC is unreal. Not seen this much unrest in a long long time. Things behind the scenes didnt even go this public under blooming Roeder! People who support Hughton and cant see no bad in anything he does can cling onto this dream that everything is fine behind the scenes but your only kidding yourselves.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • shouldnt one of our captains have been saying this?

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    tonyb

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • If any player started showing passion or leadership skills, the country vicar would have him away from the club in the next window. Far too much of a management challenge that.

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    waclor

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • Snodgrass joined us under Hoots`s reign. Maybe it was already a done deal? Captaincy in a real sense is anathema to Hoots & Bewilderwood. Threatening.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • Its exactly the same thing meaning wise though if you read the tweet. I've not lied at all. Far from it. Obviously not everyone is as picky as you but I apologise if my memory is a bit rusty from a 140 character message back in blooming August that I didnt get the arrangement and the odd word in the correct place. Still quite clearly the exact same thing though. Guessing your taking time out from your ban goal music and give us Yellow nets campaign and being overly picky on a web forum instead these days. Anyway the more laid back and less picky got the gist of that tiny part of my opinion anyway that players keep speaking out about decisions the club make when in the past they wouldnt dare. Struggling to remember any active players contracted to NCFC who spoke out about Bryan Hamilton or Glenn Roeder in fact and those were two shocking times in recent history. Anyway moving on.....

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • Brew - I can't work out if you're joking? I guess one of us has completely misinterpreted that hand signal - seemed to me he was just waving at someone he knew at the game (presumably young)? Would seem very unlike him to do the yap yap yap when he's never said or done anything controversial in his life? Also not sure anyone behind the dugouts was saying anything on Saturday for him to do that to...but there you go, just shows...if even a hand signal can be misinterpreted (one way or the other), what chance have we all got on agreeing on important things like tactics, subs, players and Wes...? New Roeder he is not, but, then again, I missed both of their stints as England boss...!

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    PutneyCanary

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • Timbo - anyway it was Christopher Marlowe or the Duke of Oxford or Barbara Cartland really. Geoffrey Archer only an outside possibility - he`s a bit too old and can barely write. All`s well that ends well - hopefully. A Midwinter Night`s Dream.... and at least we`re not Bottom.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • Far from it lad. Many Players came out a stated how good it was to see him in the line up etc. Of course you already know this as you say but your just picking holes in everything I say so no point even trying to have a real debate about the actually subject in question. The pilks tweet is crystal clear though. His opinion publicly is Vaughan shouldnt have been sold. Simple. We all support the same blooming team yet you want to have an argument about such petty things like the exact wording of a poxy tweet which whatever way you look at says the exact point im trying to make! Anyway there is far more important problems like the Goal music returning and the fact we dont have yellow nets left! Lets get them addressed before dealing with real problems and staying in the league.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • Snodders must spend all his training day ar?e licking. A scrambled 1-0 result against Hull does not repay even 5% of the rubbish City have served up this season. Totally agree Vaughan should never have been sold, anyone who had seen 2012 pre season saw he was City's best player by far. Quickest and sharpest of all our strikers, while Holt was packing 2 stone overweight, who does Hughton pick? Hoots is the most clueless manager Norwich have ever had

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • The only way the players would let this Manager down is if,off their own bats they started to play attacking football.

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    irongloves

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • Yes! What ever Will be!.....but that 's not the job for a left footed right winger....In days gone by, before substitutionsthat's were you finished up if you were injured.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • Mattias333, the players have also come out and said that all this anger towards the manager is having a negative effect on the team...but you still continue to do it. Don't get me wrong, I hate the way we're playing, but the reality is David McNally will make a decision when he feels it's necessary to do so. We, as fans, can do no more than respect his decision making. It hasn't let us down in the past. I can understand your frustration, we all can...but saying bad things about the club and its staff is only going to have a negative effect...We all want Norwich to prosper so we have to make do and get behind our team.

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    Daniel Smith

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • Snoddy is such an important player for us. Cannot be understated.

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    ncfc boy

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • Also struggling to find this elusive group message that was released in support of David Fox. The "Whole team" came out and said it after all, didnt they? I'm claiming you are lying, I've seen the tweets encouraging David Fox and the Pilkington tweet I am on twitter and regualrly keep up to what the Norwich players say on there but you are mis-representing what they are saying, It seems to be happening more and more.

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    ncfc boy

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • If it is the players' fault and not the manager's then why have a manager? Hoof the Hoot!

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    Cecil

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • Yes he did! Check his twitter feed! Dont come on here calling me a liar when the facts are there in front on you. He said "Ive said it once and ill say it again, James Vaughan should be still at this club". Fact, no pub talk or lies there. In respect of the david fox commnet, virtually all of the squad who have twitter came out with comments like "was great seeing Foxy back out there today". Do your homework, its not hard!

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • So should Grant Holt and Jed Steer.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • Continues to amaze me that Hughton has some who still rate him. I actually like Snodgrass but, let's be honest, he should not be a constant fixture in the team as he appears to be. Hughton is a dreadful manager devoid of ideas and incapable of thinking outside his narrow concepts. More dirge to come until hopefully we stay up

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    DB

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • No, no player should be saying it. It's actually a form of ego-centricity. The buck stops with the manager.

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    Cecil

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • Well said Snodgrass. It`s about time those really responsible took the responsibility for the poor performances. We do not have a captain worthy of the title. Someone taking command on the pitch in this bunch would be a miracle.

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    willb

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • shouldnt one of our captains have been saying this?

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    tonyb

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • I thought Snodgrass was bought by Lambert. It looks as though the noisy crowd don`t know. It`s about time we heard from those who are really responsible for the poor performances. Good on you Snodgrass. We never hear from the Captain on any of these poor performances, why are they there?. There must be someone in this bunch who have some passion and leadership skills, even if it`s only a loud voice. Ala Bruce, Forbes, Butler,etc.

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    willb

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • Waclor - superb choice of word, "lickspittle". Much more appropriate than that old, reliable, standard "sycophant". Sadly, the more I see events unfold, the more I see a New Roeder in charge. His "yap-yap-yap" hand gestures at the fans, after our stylish 1-0 thrashing of Hull, says a lot about the real him. He has indeed looked like the innocent flower while being the serpent under it. "Smile, smile yet be the villain" is inappropriate - because he never smiles. Shakespearean quotes are approximate and open to Paul`s pedantry or Stephen Fry`s expertise. Not that I care. Either way.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • I thought Snodgrass was bought by Lambert. It looks as though the noisy crowd don`t know. It`s about time we heard from those who are really responsible for the poor performances. Good on you Snodgrass. We never hear from the Captain on any of these poor performances, why are they there?. There must be someone in this bunch who have some passion and leadership skills, even if it`s only a loud voice. Ala Bruce, Forbes, Butler,etc.

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    willb

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • Snoddy you lickspittle.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

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