Robert Snodgrass spells out his recipe for Norwich City to finally earn back-to-back Premier League wins

Robert Snodgrass has made it clear what he wants to see from Norwich City at Swansea on Saturday, as they look to make it back-to-back league wins for the first time this season. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Robert Snodgrass has made it clear what he wants to see from Norwich City at Swansea on Saturday, as they look to make it back-to-back league wins for the first time this season. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Thursday, March 27, 2014
12:00 AM

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.

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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.”

31 comments

  • Don't normally go in for dissecting these routine player interviews because it's their job to do it. However the words "When we're conceding (away)...it takes the stuffing out of us" brings us back to the debate about why so bad on our travels. And frankly I have no answers because if one of our leaders on the pitch sees it that way it tends to reflect a collective mindset. Someone on another board suggested a sports psychologist, well ok. Maybe a change of routine leading up to away days. All I know is that an away result will make all our lives a touch more bearable as we enter the run in to a season I will be glad to see at an end. And then if we survive we can go through it all again next season.

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • After seeing that old article from Hughtons playing days saying his motto is "Less Attack, More Success"....I propose a new motto. "Less pointless positive PR rubbish in the paper, More winning."

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • Agreed, Waclor. Apart from the occasional long range pile driver from Tettey or Howson, he's the ONLY finisher we have.

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    User Removed

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • I understand the criticism of Robert Snodgrass but given the scenario of the last minute of added time in City's last match of the season, needing one point to avoid relegation, being one nil down when a ball drops at the feet of a Norwich player in the six yard box, I would want it to be Snoddy. He appears to be the best close range finisher we have.

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    waclor

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • What did I say??

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • Well guys I,m going to join Dr Oh No.

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    sharky

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • Don`t desert us sharky. we all like you really, even Stew. Can you confirm that Stew? Also the Trev & Sharky show must go on. Make him stay, TK!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • I did the well know (google it), popular fixturetable generator & Provided we beat WBA at home (because ive got all the other results right so far for NCFC) and pick up at least 1 more point somewhere taking us to 36pts we will be ok. Obviously doing the fixture generator is purely for fun because teams will always upset the bookies favs etc. In the table I ended up with I had Fulham, Cardiff & (surprisingly in my eyes) Palace relegated. I say surprising about Palace because right now to me I see them as more likely to grind results out than say Sunderland who were woeful against us at CR saturday. We survived by 1 point on 36 along with Sunderland and West Brom. Obviously chances are my table will be nothing like it ends up, but heres hoping as we were relatively safe until last few games where it looked like we could go down depending on other results. Few interesting games at the end of the season. Us NCFC fans are so conerned with the massive 5 games at the end (ive included Fulham) we forget what others have got. Final day see's Fulham host Crystal Palace in what could be a very interesting game in terms of who stays up and who goes down. West Brom host Stoke, Sunderland host Swansea. Cardiff face Chelsea & West ham go to Man City! Long as we get those 3 vital points against WBA at home and get something, somewhere else along the way we should be fine! (Should being the word)

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • That headline is flawed; it should have read "Norwich City boss, Robert Snodgrass...." Etc. Snods won`t get another freebie like Sunderland. But, M333, I agree with you!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • …..S-O hasn't been away Brew....She's just been lurking behind the blue bins, waiting for a top up on used tea bags....her assistants have been spouting their copy of ' I love Chrissy' garbage every time we manage a point....this week they are riding high until Saturday... if he does the expected and drop Hoolahan again!......

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • We need a no fear mentality where we have the strength of character to take the game to the opposition. Last week against Sunderland we were very positive right from the beginning of the game. If we lose away from home but have given it a good go then so be it. Cardiff away we were unlucky, Stoke and WBA away we were on it right from the first whistle. 3 pts this Saturday would be amazing so let’s go for it OTBC

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    George Kershaw

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • Agree with Oz Canary except for the odd one or two comments on here were are all fans, although at present there are not many who are not frustrated fans. So I suggest Snodgrass would be better keeping quiet before a game and just get on and do it and crow afterwards if successful. I also agree with Oz Canary's remarks about ego and selfish possession which I have commented upon several times, although I appreciate him being a good workhorse in the team.

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    Adelaide Canary

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • It seems to be the case that nearly all the fans of the teams in the relegation zone are moaning about their style of play. As we saw last night West Ham were booed of the pitch at half and full time. Despite them winning. Lambert at Villa has walked off to a crescendo of boos and abuse at nearly every home game. It could be said that the only team in the lower half of the table who consistently try to play attractive football are Swansea. Maybe watching poor quality stuff is the price of survival.

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    Steely Dan

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • Different day, Canary on the Moon, different performance.

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    waclor

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • There were a number of moans on other articles following Saturdays win that we only beat "a poor Sunderland side". Norwich 2 Sunderland 0, Liverpool 2 A poor Sunderland side 1. Any comments fom the negativistos? Or ar Liverpool even worse than us

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    Canary on the moon

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • I wouldnt say Tettey has improved or needs to become a fixture in the starting 11. He already was in eyes but just got very unlucky with injury last season (and this to be fair). In terms of leadership, usually the best ones just come naturally. Look at Mr Holt for example. Very much the vocal mouth piece to the fans as well as on the pitch. The players all looked up to him and the banter and jokes with the players all came roots wise from Holt. Leaders come in different shapes and sizes though and doesn't just have to be the big mouth joker so to speak. I was always quite vocal in not agreeing with Adam Drury as captain. I captained my local side for years before becoming manager and I always ensured I was vocal on the pitch, a good organiser and the link between the players concerns and the ref. In my eyes Drury never appeared to be any of that as while being a superb left back he appeared quiet and reserved. It was a perfect example of us fans not knowing everything though as through reading people like Hucks & Iwan Roberts books it became quite clear behind the scenes everyone, young and old looked up to Adam Drury and he was very much the changing room leader in amoungst all those characters. Im a big Bassong fan, but cant see how its helped his form this season. Too busy trying to ensure everyone else are doing their jobs that its effecting his own job. Hopefully we obtain a seasoned Vet with PL experience in the summer who maybe can take over the captain duty? (Knowing NCFC though that will mean signing a once top PL whose way past their prime, but heres hoping!)

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • …..Canary on the Moan...If you were having a dig at me and some of my comments regarding City's performance against Sunderland...I think you will find that they were mostly positive about the team and the way they played.....At long last our manager picked the correct names out of the hat and with Hoolahan able to do, for a change, what Hoolahan does better than anyone else on our books...we gave off that wonderful performance....Liverpool have a centre forward of above average ability, but lack a Hoolahan, and with him in their side would be unstoppable!....He cannot give us the advantages available from himself, whilst sitting on our bench!...Over 18 months have passed now since our manager decided to shun him...reasons unknown!...but they cannot be football related!....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • Is Snoddy contractually obliged to feature in at least 2 articles a week? Or maybe Bailey and Divot wait in the Colney car park and when he emerges from training, one of them shouts "How's it going, Snoddy?". He replies "Fine"........and the rest is down to journalistic licence or froth.

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    User Removed

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • Now now SO & Brewer we're all fans of the same team. SO seems to come out of retirement recently. Are bonuses due in April for journalists? Do they need to create more interest in their articles! Whilst I'll admit I'm not a great fan of Snodgrass for the following reasons. Too big an ego, goes to ground to easily and doesn't pass to players in a better position to score. He has though contributed to goals which have so far kept us out of relegation.

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    Oz Canary

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • Not being funny but Snoddys form has improved in the last month? Before that the criticism was 100% justified. Even though Snoddy seemed to disagree with that criticism! Last season we couldnt score from open play, but was lethal from Snodgrass corners and free kicks. This season hes been woeful for the most part and suprise surprise the goals from set plays vanished as well! Credit where its due though his forms picked up in the last month. For me Sunderland being his best in a long time (Although he was helped by Sunderland Left back Alonso being the only player in the Premier League who didnt know snoddy likes to cut in!)

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    Mattias333

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • …..Sharky seems a nice old fellow....sits in the background most of the time... on a plush complimentary seat..a bit like RWJ.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • Yes El D, Lpool did us a favour last night but to be picky they might have done a bit more to dent Sunderland's gd as we could do with another struggler with a serious minus total. In fact I am pinning a lot of my hopes on Sunderland taking that third bot slot. They have some tough fixtures coming up before ending with three of last four at home (v Cardiff, WBA and Swansea). The WBA game is 7th May when they finally catch up on their backlog. For me it begs the question why are they allowed to play it so late on when they will have a very clear idea of what is needed. It is not like the Coventry cheats year but under the current rules is as close as you could get. I know we got an easy ride against WBA last season but that was a scheduled fixture, not re arranged at our convenience.

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • Malaga, very much agree and wondering whether Alex Tettey may be developing in that direction. His football is a whole lot more confident this season and if he becomes a fixture in the eleven I reckon he may fill the bill very well?

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    Pierre

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • With the return of S\O we can only anticipate that his sycophants, Occidental Canary and Mooning Canary, will become ever more unpleasant. I would propose Mattias as our role model - if only he`d stop being so coy about his occupation (apart from the plentiful speed-typing on these boards). Time Lord? Estate Agent? Canary Caterer? Nutritionist? Groundsman? Social worker? Sharky in disguise? Clearly a top footy person, like sharky. Chrissy will probably anoint Robert as Captain in the fullness of time. Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown. Thinking of Crown (Toppers) , where`s BP2?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • One of the things that appears conspicuous by its absence this season is leadership on the pitch. Since Holt left we seem to be without a strong, resolute, character who can lift,cajole and drive the team. I don't see any true Captain on the pitch these days.

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    malaga flier

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • Hey Lincs - at least the Scousers did us a favour last night. These interviews are so routine all they ever seem to do is state the bleedin' obvious. And then there's Ryan B..:)

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    el dingo

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • at least he didnt say just score more than the other lot.Had to complicate it

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • I love the way he uses the word "Recipé". No harm in creeping to one of the Directors is there?

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    waclor

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • Snodgrass - player of the season.

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    Steady On

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • True. I still firmly believe though with the correct manager we have the playing staff capable of not being one of the sides constantly looking over our shoulder. Dont get me wrong Im not talking europe but certainly better than we have this season. The excuse always has been, well look how close it is, others are doing just as bad. We know that but settling for accepting that shouldn't be the case in my eyes.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • Like the more upbeat comments here for a change and for all the shortcomings Robert scores goals .... so dare I say it snods law!

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    johnty

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

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