Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Robert Snodgrass believes Norwich City’s players should take the blame for their disappointing season to date – and not Chris Hughton.
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.”