Norwich City’s players take matters into their own hands in the fight for Premier League survival

Robert Snodgrass wants Norwich City to cut out the charitable gifts undermining their fight for Premier League survival. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Robert Snodgrass wants Norwich City to cut out the charitable gifts undermining their fight for Premier League survival. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Saturday, March 15, 2014
8:00 AM

Robert Snodgrass revealed Norwich’s squad have taken matters into their own hands to try and eradicate the soft centre threatenting the club’s Premier League status.

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"My honest opinion is we could have been unbeaten for two months and we have just shot ourselves in the foot. The lads are pulling their hair out."

Robert Snodgrass

Snodgrass admitted there had been some frank exchanges and home truths designed to cut out the damaging defensive lapses which surfaced at Cardiff, West Ham and Aston Villa on recent away trips. The midfielder accepts all three defeats raise serious questions about Norwich’s ability to resist, which can only be answered at places like Saturday’s opponents Southampton.

“These next nine games will be a tough ride,” he said. “We’re doing things away from home that we don’t at Carrow Road. We don’t concede two goals in two minutes, like at Cardiff, or four goals in 15 minutes at Villa. It doesn’t happen at home. That is a mental side as well. You need to re-group because it looks like we capitulate at times.

“The boys are passionate and we have exchanged words. We know we have made mistakes and we need leaders, men, heroes. We’ve started well in away games and not capitalised. My honest opinion is we could have been unbeaten for two months and we have just shot ourselves in the foot. The lads are pulling their hair out. We defended well for 86 minutes at West Ham and then conceded two goals in five minutes and we get in front against Cardiff and concede two goals in two minutes.”

Snodgrass is not fazed by facing a Saints’ side who have earned plenty of plaudits this season for their swashbuckling style.

“No, it won’t be a daunting prospect to go there,” he said. “They are a great outfit and its only right they are getting all the praise. People always tend to speak about things in the moment and right now they have had great results and they are getting the recognition for that. Things do change quickly though. Look at the start of this season and Tottenham were getting so much praise and now it is plenty of criticism. It is swings and roundabouts.

“We went on a 10-game unbeaten run last season and didn’t get anywhere near the credit we deserved, but maybe sometimes it works for you because it can add pressure. We went down there last season feeling we could win and that will not change this time around. We will just try to fly under the radar and pick up the points we need.”

The 26-year-old dismisses the theory Mauricio Pochettino’s squad may lack the mental edge with Southampton well clear of the survival scrap and six points away from the battle for European spots.

“There is pride at stake in every training session, never mind the game so to say that is ludicrous,” he said. “Many of those boys, the English ones anyway, could be on the plane to Brazil so they need to maintain their best form. There’ll be right up for it and we need to be as well.

“The way the game is nowadays people speak about how much footballers are on and what they earn. You hear that everywhere you go. I’ll tell you right now everyone in our dressing room is pulling in the right direction. We are doing everything right on the training ground to get those back-to-back results to help us kick on. We are working hard and we need match-winners, myself included. What I do know is we have worked hard this week again as a team to try and be more clinical.”

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29 comments

  • Lets get one thing clear, as a pro footballer you should not expect to get credit for having a relatively good run, you are well paid to acheive exactly that. There were a number of draws in that run after all so it was not an exceptional run as it followed and was followed by equally dismal runs. As others have said in recent posts, the main problem appears to be one of apparent lack of fitness or determination, as other teams run us off the park. Most of the goals we concede are due to midfielders and defenders standing watching, instead of closing down and tackling.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • Gek, your "Itchen" thingy was very good (and compared to Archie's attempt at a PoW it was utterly brilliant). However, it is not like a fine wine....sadly.

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    User Removed

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • at least he looks like he cares.If the whole team gave as much we might have scraped home.

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    harry mcardle

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • Not unless you're Claude Monet Stew, and with the greatest of respect, Bob falls a long way short of that zenith. Still, in his own way he creates an impression, albeit closer to the Jackson Pollock school of art.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • (shakes head) relegated before the final match at this rate

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    Patrick Grey

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • Listening to the commentary on Radio, my old neighbour John Polston has said exactly what I was saying yesterday on this site, there is no fight from our players once again and our midfield stood watching as Soton cut through our centre to score an easy goal. We really do need a manager with a hair dryer and a captain in the mould of Roy Ken.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • I'm glad Robert wants heroes Unless it's yet another typo and he meant herpes. Squeaky bum time starts for real today:(

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    el dingo

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • Those spine tingling words of encouragement have lasted five minutes. We're losing already.

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    VictorM

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • Those spine tingling words of encouragement have lasted five minutes. We're losing already.

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    VictorM

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • talking of heroes.oh for a young darren huckerby

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    bluelight

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • SACK HIM NOW !!!!!!!!!!

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    VictorM

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • If saying the right thing in newspaper interviews equated to points, then we would be close to top of the league. It's time to shut-up, get focused, and let results do the talking. Working over here we are used to hearing statements on how various corporations are going to rule the world in their business area, but unfortuantely a lot of them went bust when words did not equate to dollars. If we do go the Championship direction, let's do it quietly and reduce the "also looking stupid" factor due to lots of empty words.

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    MichiganCanary

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • No passion. No drive. No determination. No desire. Players, manager, board and chief exec alike. What a load of rubbish.

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    ToxicGasWarningSystem

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • Heros and leaders are what we need and we don't have either. Bassong, along with several other players has obviously lost interest in trying to perform under Hughton and should be replaced by the more hungry Ryan Bennett alongside Yobo. Undoubtedly, should we be lucky enough to score early, Hughton and co.will shut up shop and we will concede a large number of goals in a short space of time as per the norm. The frustrations felt by every true fan of our beloved club is at boiling point now and it can only be a matter of time before McNasty has to do something positive and get rid of the Richard head

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    oldtimer

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • Btw, Robert thinks they didn`t get `anywhere near the credit they deserved` for that 10-match unbeaten run. It`s all the press could blather about. Came a close 2nd to "club-record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel".

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • About the most honest article from a city player for a while. " We need leaders, men, heroes" is a bit of a worry though, where are we going to find them? Maybe todays game will give some answers, rather than a lot more questions. P.S. hope Elmander isn´t on the buss!

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    Yellowfirebird

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • Once again we take Hooper off to introduce RVW and Elmander, CH really does not have a clue and now we are 3-0 down to a side coasting.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • Ok Bob, I think City hardware is still open, so I'll get the rope. A number 4 will get me to Waterloo just in time for the 12.35 to Southampton Central. Meet me there at 14.04, and make sure to bring the tandem. Tell the boys to be ready, and we'll tie him up and chuck him in the broom cupboard till we can sort out a cunning plan. Get someone sensible to stalk the technical area and deal with any inquisitive questions from the media. And for heaven's sake, make sure the Haagen Daaz is not rock solid at half time, the boys need something to motivate them.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • For a brief, happy moment, I took that headline as meaning that the players had taken matters OUT of Hughton`s hands. I bet they`re Itchen to Test Soton today...

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • For years I have found it difficult to understand how footballers at Norwich can be described as stars or heroes - a particular trait of Archant reporters. There are good footballers and bad footballers but I have yet to see a hero in the true sense of the word - certainly not in the present bunch. There is only one place you can restore the faith of the Norwich fans Mr.Snodgrass and that's on the football pitch - not in newspaper interviews, not in the hairdressers or the tattoo parlour.

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    VictorM

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • danken, Blaff. That Itchen thing is born of a Tourette`s moment I experienced when meeting my new colleagues at Biggleswade Brewery. I asked the chemist where he came from. He answered `Southampton`. I replied "I hope you don`t have Itchen Testes". He never forgot that. Nor did the site`s main board Director, who was in direct line of the resulting spurt of beer from the creased-up chemist. Such fun.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • Hi Boy's. Hear we are again both teams needing wins for different reasons . Yours being a greater need i suppose Ours being a outside chance of promotion fat chance some would say. Just to cheer you up we had about 6inchs of snow today here in Helsinki It wont last. Any way enjoy the game.

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    User Removed

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • Ok Robert. You've talked the talk now let's see you walk the walk. We've got to erase the fragility and brittleness that we show if we go a goal down. I want to see our players shutting people down and going in for a tackle not backing off the whole time. Passion, pride, determination - that's the recipe.

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    Flying Canary

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • 'The 26-year-old dismisses the theory Mauricio Pochettino’s squad may lack the mental edge with Southampton well clear of the survival scrap and six points away from the battle for European spots'. If they lack the mental edge, we are like a blunt instrument lacking mental capacity, a cross between the lead piping and an inert gas.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • MB I too was hoping that Hughton had been told by the players that his tactics are pants. And yes yfb elmandy certainly not the best but I would definitely put him on bus in front of the goal machine rvw!

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    elmboy

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • Like MB I thought this was player power emerging. Seems not. Oh well. At the end of the day the players will either do what they are paid handsomely to do, or they won't. No-one gets sacked for poor performance, you get dropped (given a day off work in other words). Let us hope for better from everyone today, and Howsen getting the winner from 30 yards out.

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    Surrey Canary

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • Well dropping Bassong would reduce the mistakes by 50%. Then you + the rest of the boys could sort everything else out Rab......

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    Timbo

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • Blah, blah, blah. Get a point today and at Swansea and beat Sunderland, West Brom and Fulham and you can blah all you like.

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    jigs69

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • …..Robert!... It's no good using a paint brush if you need to mow the lawn!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

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