Norwich City’s cup humiliation acts as the Spur for Robert Snodgrass

Robert Snodgrass was rested for Norwich City's FA Cup exit at the hands of non-league Luton on Saturday, but still felt the pain of his club's fall from grace. Picture: Dave Rawcliffe / Focus Images Robert Snodgrass was rested for Norwich City's FA Cup exit at the hands of non-league Luton on Saturday, but still felt the pain of his club's fall from grace. Picture: Dave Rawcliffe / Focus Images

Tuesday, January 29, 2013
9:52 AM

Robert Snodgrass may have been only a spectator for Norwich City’s FA Cup embarrassment on Saturday, but that did not mean it hurt any less.

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The fourth-round defeat to Luton was the first time Snodgrass had not made Chris Hughton’s starting XI since the draw at Aston Villa in October – and the Canaries arguably could have done with the winger’s quality that helped them ease past Peterborough United in the previous round.

Although Snodgrass could only watch, it will come down to him as well as his City team-mates to right the weekend’s Carrow Road wrong tomorrow night. High-flying Tottenham are the visitors, smarting from their own FA Cup exit at Leeds – but you suspect City’s need is greater. Their last league outing remains that hammering 5-0 from Liverpool at Anfield.

“It doesn’t matter who played, you are all hurting,” said Snodgrass. “I went home after the game and you’re really hurting and you don’t want that. No disrespect to Luton but they are in the Conference and we are Premier League, and you have got to show Premier League class.

“It hurts everybody, the backroom staff all the way through. Everyone is feeling that and it just shows you the quality and the standard these boys demand.

“But there is no better way to put it right than with a game and we’re itching for it. We would’ve wanted it to go ahead on Tuesday if it could, because everyone wants to get back to winning ways and it’s a great time to have a midweek game.”

The Tottenham game will also allow Chris Hughton’s squad the chance to make up with the City faithful, after an acrimonious FA Cup defeat.

“Of course you feel for the fans,” added Snodgrass. “It was a full house and I didn’t really expect that, and of course you feel for them because they turned up, paid their money and they expect better.

“We gave Luton the goal and we had one over the line and could’ve got a penalty. I’m not crying it in, but small margins change games – from the manager coming in and having a go at you to finding it could have been a different story.

“They had a game plan and stuck to it well. They took the game to us, pressed and pressed, and good luck to them in the next round.

“Seasons are full of ups and downs, and we will get many twists and turns throughout the season. We are just in that stage of the season – most teams go through it. Reading and Southampton, everybody has been through it.

“I think you need to show character and belief, and it takes that because we have got a great squad of bodies and you need to dig deep at times like this, and hopefully gain a few results and pick ourselves back up.”

In truth, the toxic mix of defeats from Luton and Liverpool have made it a tough time for the Canaries – and that has not been lost on Snodgrass.

“You do feel embarrassed when you get beaten in such a way at Liverpool, especially when you go there and you want to put in a good performance and bounce back to get the win we needed,” he said.

“It’s not as if you go out there as a footballer trying to make mistakes or concede goals. You go out there trying to win the game. On the day Liverpool were just better.

“For Luton, it would be disrespectful for me to sit and speak about the lads that were playing and I won’t do that – but the result wasn’t good enough, we know that.

“We have got two big games coming up (with a trip to QPR on Saturday). We have already beaten Spurs at home (in the League Cup) this season and we ran them close down there at White Hart Lane, so it’s a tough task but I believe we have got the character, strength and depth, the full lot in the squad, so that we can go and do it.”

The Canaries were not the only Premier League team to be surprisingly dumped out of the FA Cup over the weekend, and Snodgrass saw that as due reward for the desire of their lower league opponents.

“I just think you have got these teams that came out and gave every ounce of energy and gave every single thing, which we should be doing as well,” he added. “Nobody predicted Oldham were going to beat Liverpool, Brentford nearly beating Chelsea and Luton beating Norwich. But as soon as you cross that white line, Luton just wanted it more than us on Saturday.

“You find out a lot more about individuals when you lose. We got beaten 5-0 and the manager made a few changes – loads of changes really – and for me watching the Luton game, it was hard. Sometimes as a player you want to try to affect a game and try to help the lads. But it was difficult and whoever plays on Wednesday, they need to be ready.”

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12 comments

  • That's exactly what I do see E.T. the whole pitch. Thank's for pointing out where I'm going wrong I thought we had to crowd as many of our attackers into the penalty area as possible, and bludgeon our way through. Then prey to the almighty for a decent pass. Tell me please, where do you suggest Camp or Bunn play on the managers whim? Also, Who are the other 6 or 7 you refer to for either lack of ability or effort?

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • Somehow I agree with Stew AND Erps here! Certainly, Snodgrass puts 100% effort in; he almost runs himself into the ground at times. Like Stew, though, I believe he would be more effectively used on the "left of midfield\attacking". worth a try, surely? Since Cafu was an "auxliary right-winger" vs Luton, why not try deploying him there formally? With Whits behind him, a formidable right side. Martin likes to have a pot at goal & crosses quite well.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • ...I've been banned...!

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • I am converted to the Russel Martin up-front camp. He seems to be the only one who can hit the target at the moment. Roll on Bullwinkel.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • Snodgrass is RM, with little pace, therefore his asset is to cut back inside and deliver on the defenders weaker side. He's not a left winger!! Behind the front twoone perhaps. He never played there for Leeds either. Go back to Football Manager 2013 guys.

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    Johnstonpickle

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • 5th ethering of the day. Agree with Stew on best pos for Snods. Agree with Erps that Snods is a hard-grafter. Agree with Erps that the manager (should) manage his resources to best advantage.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • Stew, with all due respect, you need to see the whole pitch. Snod plays, the manager manages. If he is asked to play on the right, he plays on the right. When the ball is out on the the other wing, you want him in the middle. If Holty has the ball out wide, you want him in the middle. That's where the goal is! In the main, he is doing what he does best. If six or seven of the others put in as much we wouldn't be struggling.

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    Erpingham Tractor

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • and I thought that I was the only one who spoke gobble-dy-gook!....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • That `Russell Martin up front` thing could be a goer? On another board I pondered whether he could be right wing with Whits his RB partner. Then Snods could unleash the full power of his left foot - from the LEFT. If nothing else it might make us less predictable. Also, in the absence of a new striker, could we try another poster`s suggestion of Pilks up front with Holty? It would mean no longer employing 2 defensive midfielders, though...... or no Hoolahan (Heresy!!).

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • Well Mr Snodgrass, tell your manager that you are an Outside Left, or Left Winger as they say these days. Not a goal scoring Centre Forward, or Striker. You do what you do best, and the whole team will benefit!

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • I think playing wingers "The wrong side" has been done to death. Earlier in the season Snods caught out some opponents when he cut inside into the path of a midfielder trying to get back, fell to the ground after the collision and scored from the freekick. To quote from Blackadder, "That's the really cunning part of the plan. they won't expect us to try it again."

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    waclor

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • apologies if I have the elder statesmen idea wrong but I too agree[ with Stew and Brew] that it would be nice to have the left footed 'winger' play on the left.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

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