Robert Snodgrass - Shot-shy Norwich City must do better

Norwich City midfielder Robert Snodgrass was on the mark in the 2-1 Premier League defeat at Cardiff City. Picture by Tom Smith/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City midfielder Robert Snodgrass was on the mark in the 2-1 Premier League defeat at Cardiff City. Picture by Tom Smith/Focus Images Ltd

Friday, February 7, 2014
11:33 PM

Robert Snodgrass insists Norwich City’s Premier League survival could rest on finding the answer to their goalscoring problems.

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The Scottish international was on target at Cardiff City last time out before the Bluebirds struck twice to inflict a damaging defeat on Chris Hughton’s squad that sucked them firmly back into the relegation mix. Norwich remain one of the lowest scorers in the Premier League, but Snodgrass admits there is no simple solution to try and improve that worrying statistic.

“If I knew the answer to that I would be the manager,” he said. “As an individual you can only effect your part in the overall game, but what I do know is we need everyone pulling in the same direction. We are grown up lads who have played the game long enough and it is up to us as wide players to chip in with goals. It takes one bit of magic in two seconds to effect a football match.

“We have had a problem scoring goals and we need to score more. The difference between the sides in this league is a striker who can score 10 to 15 goals and put the ball in the back of the net. You look at Southampton and the likes of (Jay) Rodriguez and (Rickie) Lambert and they are scoring goals. That is the difference in the teams maybe between sixth to ninth (in the table) and the rest. Every point is vital now. We know that.”

13 comments

  • Spot on Deehanna, give Becchio a go. Trouble is, if we get slaughtered and fail to score, Hoots will have the perfect justification for never picking him again. Conversely, if Lucifer has a `blinder` and scores a couple, Hoots will have to answer as to why the player`s not had a chance before. Suspect he`ll take the craven option, and give LB 5 min from the bench when we are 4-0 down. There`s optimism!

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, February 8, 2014

  • There is an old saying, you build the team from the back and therein I think lies the answer as to why CH continues to play Snodgrass on the right wing. Our right back position has been a bit too weak over the last couple of seasons and Snodgrass is there to offer added protection, Redmond is an out and out attacking winger who does not tend to track back too often. The simple answer was to go out and bring in another right back in the window, but once again we failed to resolve the issue. Newcastle saw this weakness and constantly attacked down their left flank, we got lucky that game but I cannot see the luck holding today, just pray I am wrong.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, February 8, 2014

  • I would expect us to play a 4,5,1 formation today and wonder if Hoolahan will be given a starting berth, failing that I would try Redmond in a central attacking midfield or ever Pilks, go on CH suprise us with your setup.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, February 8, 2014

  • .....as Bing Crosby used to say….."It went straight down the middle".....but he was on about Golf.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, February 8, 2014

  • Brew, It does show the benefit (sic) of changing an attacking manager for a defensive one. Why work out how to score goals when stopping them gives such a rewarding experience.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, February 8, 2014

  • The problem is the back four. Olson is a quality player but he is with a threesome who are not up to the EPL. All good sides build their game from the back four. We are still looking. Bassong did much better and needs to maintain the improvement if he is to stay. Yobo looked pretty solid yesterday, could this be the start of better things?

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    willb

    Sunday, February 9, 2014

  • Winkle or Hooper should give him a smack for this! It's because of the wingers the strikers haven't scored enough! Get some crosses in! Play snoddgrass on the left and Redmond on the right. With their main aim to cross! If they were cutting in and scoring every game I'd understand but their not. Snoddgrass could do with some sprint training too.

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    EdamOnToast

    Saturday, February 8, 2014

  • Yes, TK, RB is a weakness. Russell`s done well for the club, but he seems to have `lost it` a bit this season. Specially his `running backwards\facing the wrong way` thing. (Not simultaneously). Trouble is, his alternative, Whittaker, sometimes looks like Bambi on the ice when attacked by a decent winger. Had he not been injured, I think Elliott Bennett could`ve been groomed for the RB role. I wonder whether we`ll see him again this season? Not really reminiscing about Holt, johnty, just illustrating the fact that we have lost most of what attacking flair we had. Hooper and RvW `should` be scoring 10-15 goals a season but it`s not happening under this régime. Hooper looks like he could be `the business`, but lacks service\support. Even Holt could manage only 8 goals under Hugh Trollderwood and I think he had a little 3-goal flourish right at the end to get that many. He was used as a workhorse.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, February 8, 2014

  • No point in reminiscing Holt what we are is what weve got. Hopefully Howson will be back for Spurs and we do have others who can score not only snoddy... Redmond Hooper Murphy Come on the lads!!

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    johnty

    Saturday, February 8, 2014

  • So he thinks our forwards are rubbish?? Well.................Hooper ain't bad, RVW - hmm, Elmander - likeable but will not score, Becchio - may as well give him a go!

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    Deehanna

    Saturday, February 8, 2014

  • Btw. Even Morison got 9 in the Lambo season, and I think Pilks got 8. Will anybody reach 8 league goals this season, let alone 15?

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, February 8, 2014

  • We once had a striker who scored 15 goals, oddly enough by "putting the ball in the back of the net", as Robert so perspicaciously puts it. Name of Holt. Then Hugh Trollderwood arrived... Holt scored less freely.... then Holt left.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, February 8, 2014

  • willb, Yobo looked very good and Bassong looked much more assured. (Not knocking Ryan Bennett who has the makings of an excellent CB). Olssen did sterling service in attack (when he could) and in defence. Russell looked OK most of the time, though he did a couple of weak clearances & got caught in possession couple of times. Trouble is, Yobo is only here until the end of the season and, even if he stayed on, he is 33 so not long term. He looked extremely fit though. I read that he signed with a view of making it permanent in the Summer (Source: Wikipedia). But is that likely? I suppose players of his type can go on beyond their mid 30s if they stay free of injury and keep physically fit. TK, yesterday had signs we could become an attacking force. The forward midfielders showed more mobility and flair than for a long time. Redmond could be an uncut diamond. But we need a target man to support Hooper, I think. Very worried about RvW; no sign he`s adapting to the Prem, apart from the play-acting. But you never know.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, February 9, 2014

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