Thursday, March 27, 2014
Leaders on the pitch, taking a leaf out of Liverpool’s book and letting their actions do the talking – that’s Robert Snodgrass’ recipe for Norwich City to finally deliver back-to-back wins this season.
Chris Hughton’s men have been imperious at Carrow Road recently – but Snodgrass doesn’t want to be in a position of once again talking up Norwich’s chances of building on a promising home win, only to be left with the usual recriminations when the final whistle goes at Swansea on Saturday afternoon.
“We’ve got to take our home form into an away game – that’s the only way you can build on it,” said the Scottish winger. “You can sit here and speak for as long as you want, the manager can put as much tactics up as he wants, but it’s you as a footballer, taking it into the game.
“We did it at Swansea last season. We’ve just beaten Sunderland. Confidence should be high. But it took us until the 85th minute at Southampton to have a go – and that’s not good enough, especially for the fans that travelled down. We’ll work as hard as we did last week on the training ground this week, and the manager will know we’re only a performance away from getting a good result on the road.
“It’s about the leaders on the park and knowing the situation. Five minutes before half-time, five minutes after – those are the key moments that change games sometimes, like at Cardiff.
“When we’re conceding goals we are giving the other team confidence and it takes the stuffing out of us. So if we can stay in games until late on or lead, then I believe we will get the result.
“Many managers want their team away from home to play like they do at home. That’s what Liverpool have done. That’s why they are title contenders. If there’s any proof in the pudding, it’s Liverpool.
“You need no fear and that winning mentality going into a game, and big game players to pop up with the goals.”