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Monday, December 24, 2012
Robert Snodgrass is simply indispensible on current form. The statistics tell you Snodgrass has scored three in the last five Premier League games and been the source of numerous assists.
But there is also the intangible benefits the Scottish international brings to Chris Hughton’s collective. Whenever Norwich earn a free-kick opportunity in and around the vicinity of the opposition box, Snodgrass’ mastery of the dead ball must now be inducing a sense of panic amongst the Premier League goalkeepers’ union.
Ben Foster should have done better after getting two hands to the midfielder’s first-half free kick, but the execution and the dip was every bit as impressive as Snodgrass’ winner on the road last time out at Swansea.
Two more free kicks tight to the right touchline deep into stoppage time very nearly produced a late twist along the lines of Sébastien Bassong’s headed equaliser at Everton.
Less glamourous, but no less intrinsic to the cause, is Snodgrass’ defensive discipline and appetite for work. Countless times in the second period at the Hawthorns when Albion pressed, Snodgrass raced backwards just in front of Steven Whittaker or latterly Russell Martin to bolster Norwich’s exposed right-flank.
Snodgrass was unquestionably City’s top man over the opening weeks. He is now in even better form.