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Monday, September 17, 2012
If the simple definition of a man of the match rests on his influence in the key moments then Robert Snodgrass again had few equals in the home ranks.
The Scot’s indelible impression was again evident in Norwich’s best attacking work. Snodgrass, you sense on the evidence of his first month in the Premier League, is benefitting from the similar bounce that accompanied the Canaries into the top flight 12 months ago.
The tricky wide midfielder is an unknown commodity to opposition defences. Snodgrass’ movement and intuitive ability to find time and space saw him carry the fight again. Kevin Nolan stood his ground after a burst along the byline raised home hopes of a possible penalty award. Joey O’Brien was then robbed but Simeon Jackson’s failure to make a near post run saw the chance spurned. Snodgrass tested Jussi Jaaskelainen to spark a bizarre 30 second siege of the away goal.
The Scot turned provider to tee up Grant Holt before a trademark deep free kick after the interval picked out Leon Barnett for a chance that ended with Sebastien Bassong heading at the keeper.
Then his coolness and weight of pass enabled him to slip in Harry Kane who snatched at the match-winning late chance. And he still had time to fire against Jaaskelainen when Kane returned the favour.
In the first of a three-part series dissecting the Canaries’ successful battle to retain their Premier League status, Norwich City writer Paddy Davitt turns the spotlight on the goalkeepers and those men deployed to thwart some of the best striking talent in the global game.