Robert Snodgrass ends his own goal doubts to earn Norwich City a deserved draw at Tottenham

Robert Snodgrass celebrates his equaliser at White Hart Lane. Picture by Andrew Tobin/Focus Images Robert Snodgrass celebrates his equaliser at White Hart Lane. Picture by Andrew Tobin/Focus Images

Sunday, September 2, 2012
7:21 PM

Robert Snodgrass admitted he was starting to wonder when his first goal for Norwich City would arrive – only to go on to deliver an excellent point at White Hart Lane.

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Arguably the winger should have opened his account against QPR last week but headed inches over when well placed. And come half-time against Tottenham on Saturday, Snodgrass’ header back across Brad Friedel was wonderfully saved by the outstretched arm of the veteran goalkeeper.

But five minutes from time saw Snodgrass produce a superb early finish to drive home after Grant Holt’s flick and cancel out Moussa Dembele’s second-half opener, earning the Canaries the minimum their performance deserved.

“You obviously think ‘is it going to come’ when I had the chance last week and then the keeper pulls of a save like that, but as a footballer you just have to keep going,” said the Scotland international.

“You can’t put your head down because it’s not about you. It’s about the team and about hard work, endeavour and I’m we did that. Any team watching that will see that Norwich are no pushovers and we’ve got to kick on from here.

Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedel saves Robert Snodgrass's first half header at White Hart Lane. Picture by Andrew Tobin/Focus ImagesTottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedel saves Robert Snodgrass's first half header at White Hart Lane. Picture by Andrew Tobin/Focus Images

“The goal was a fantastic moment. I didn’t think it was going to come in this game but you’ve just got to keep believing.

“For me to get on the score sheet was good, but to be honest it’s not about me. It’s a great point today, especially with the talent Tottenham have got on show.

“You know what it’s like when they’re bringing on Emmanuel Adebayor and Dembele, different thing like that. But hard work will go a long way in this Premier League and we’ve got it in abundance.”

The point at Spurs was City’s second of the season and represented a real sign of progress given the start Chris Hughton’s side made at Fulham – but on chances the visitors could have had all three, as they did last term.

And the fact Andre Villas-Boas had to hear his side booed off at the interval and the final whistle proved the home fans saw it the same way.

“You know you’ve done something right when you come away from White Hart Lane with that feeling (that you should have picked up all three points),” added Snodgrass.

“It’s great testament to the players. That first game at Fulham we know ourselves it wasn’t good enough. But as I’ve said many times before, we have got hungry lads, great competition and great togetherness.

“And that drives you on. You want to do well for every one of these lads because they will be the first ones on your side and helping you a long the way. That’s the way it is.”

Snodgrass left north London on a plane destined for Scotland immediately after Saturday’s game, to prepare for their 2014 World Cup qualifiers with Serbia and Macedonia at Hampden Park – a change of scenery, if a shame for Norwich as they start to build some Premier League momentum.

“I’ve got to get back home for two important games coming up and to kick-off the World Cup qualifiers, but first and foremost there was the job to do for Norwich,” added Snodgrass.

“You want to kick on of course, and this was a great point, but the feeling is that we should’ve won that game.

“It’s now two weeks for us and the manager (before the home game with West Ham). The window has closed so he’s got the players he wants and I’m sure he will be trying to stress to the lads that we need to start picking up three points.

“There are more than enough players here and great talent on show. Grant Holt, the defence were brilliant and the midfield absolutely superb. Team work goes a long way.”

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6 comments

  • 2 up front definitely helps?

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, September 3, 2012

  • I have to smile . . . the football 'royalty' those doyens of all that is punditry, you that tow the party line, vis-a-vis, that you champion snobbery, big club, aka £££s,uneering support you bring nothing fresh to the table - you are a bore.

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    Dissaster

    Sunday, September 2, 2012

  • @Billy, not that arrogant, don't comprehend the repitition. Causes probs.

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    Dissaster

    Sunday, September 2, 2012

  • Its three games in and to early to tell, but the last two performances have been on a line of improvement. And now we stop again for the national team to play qualifiers, why not have a break of two weeks mid season and play 4=5 of these games and let the season flow .

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Sunday, September 2, 2012

  • Grant Holt's "little flicks" are really starting to work again now that there is more understanding in the team. He is a good team player like that, let's hope he gets back on the score sheet soon. It looks like he is fully forgiven for the summer wobbling with his Payne of an agent.

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, September 2, 2012

  • Thanks for the repetition gentlemen!

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    Billy

    Sunday, September 2, 2012

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