Robert Snodgrass left asking why over Norwich City’s Premier League predicament

Robert Snodgrass and Ashley Cole in action at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Robert Snodgrass and Ashley Cole in action at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Monday, May 5, 2014
5:48 PM

Robert Snodgrass acknowledged Norwich City gave it everything they had at Chelsea – but left ruing their impending relegation.

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A goalless draw at Stamford Bridge against a Jose Mourinho side chasing the Premier League title would usually be a terrific result – but this time, only a win would have boosted City’s survival hopes.

Now Norwich are left hoping Sunderland lose their two remaining games – both at home, to West Brom on Wednesday and then Swansea on Sunday – to stand any chance of another shot at the top flight. Even then, City would have to beat Arsenal at Carrow Road on the final day.

“We wouldn’t have been able to look at ourselves in the mirror if we hadn’t given it our all and given ourselves the chance of taking it down to the very last day,” said Snodgrass. “We showed the character of men, we were leaders and we put our bodies on the line and tried to give everything we could.

“It’s one of those games where you look back and you’ve got the point, but you’re sitting there thinking ‘why are we in this position?’ It’s very frustrating, very disappointing but our task was to not get beaten, and we achieved that.

“We’ve believed Olsson’s (penalty claim) was a penalty, and then my chance I just tried to get half a yard on to my right foot to get the shot away, but (Gary) Cahill made a great block. We gave our best and kept going, but we were up against world-class opposition. But we will keep going, keep believing we can get something. Hopefully West Brom can do us a favour.”

Snodgrass was voted Scotland’s international player of the year ahead of Celtic’s Scott Brown, Everton’s Steven Naismith and Ikechi Anya of Watford by the Scottish Football Writers’ Association. The 26-year-old added: “It’s nice to be recognised and rewarded if people in the game think you’re making an impact. It’s also pleasing because of the calibre of the other candidates.”

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  • Hot off the Press! Dubyai Canaria has flown over from The Unclassified Arabian Extremities in his private King Edward Lear Jet, in order to personally lobby the old FA rts about deducting as many points as it takes from Sunderland to keep us (NCFC) in the Prem. Also, appropriate retro-deductions, if required, from Cardiff and Fulham. Cardiff because they`re Welsh and have a babelicious Nordic Adonis as manager, Fulham because they got rid of Michael Jackson`s effigy and employed a maggoty cat as manager. Alf Ayed did warn them..... like Phil the Greek, they just didn`t listen.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • No, no, Blaaffen! I would not dare usurp the role of Stahlich Dan as Social Secretary. I have, indeed, ferreted out that starchy memo from Cecil Robert Wellhip. I`m now going to find it difficult to stuff enough interesting beer into my Quasi a lá mode Backpack of Notre Dame for the now burgeoning throngs of Old Gits at The Renderers` Nether Regions. We now have Wac & Crab!! As well as De geillustreerd man and the usual suspects. Btw, that report included very detailed analysis of Alpha-amino nitrogen and carbohydrate spectra. Totally opaque to dear old BobH, as he was lunching in the Executive Dining Chamber in East Sheen! It was published, eventually, in The Journal of the Institute of Brewing, circa 1972. Total yawn material. I have not improved.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Thanks Steely. I must have missed your invitation last month but I was away for a week or so. See you there.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • As regards Hoolahan. I can remember that when Neil was doing the commentaries that it was obvious that Hoolahan was his favourite player. For him now not to be considered even by Neil means something has gone with his attitude.

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    Steely Dan

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Waclor - as social secretary I will fill you in on the detail. May 14th approx 12.00 till 16.00 at Plasterers (sometimes called Pargeters) Arms Cowgate. Tell the lad behind the bar you are there to talk football and he will direct you over. I did invite you and some others to our first gathering last month but maybe you missed the comment. Everybody welcome ,except maybe one or two. So far we have the Crab, El dingo, Barking, Brew, possibly BP2 and hopefully a few more.

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    Steely Dan

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • I have mixed feeling on Robert, reflecting many of the positive and negative views posted here. I can't see him staying somehow and despite him often looking the most likely to score, I am OK with the prospect of him leaving. We have a few true wide players and with E. Bennett returning, that is almost like a new signing. If we are down as of tonight, it's time to look carefully at each and every player on the books, discuss where and how they see their individual future and if they're prepared to give everything for the cause. Wes, I'm afraid has seriously blotted his copy book and I cannot see him staying. That is a pity as he would be able to unlock Championship defenses as he did a couple of years ago.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Brew, where is this meeting of the great and good next Wednesday and at what time please? Is it open to allcomers?

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    waclor

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • Is it telling that Hoolihan has not featured under Neil Adams. I thought his beef was against the idiot Hughton but it would appear that he has no interest in staying at Norwich now either. Any news or comments?

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    waclor

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • Mattias,I did say outfield players.Ruddy is,of course Premiership standard.Olsson can hold his own but I think his best days are probably behind him.Fer could be if he continues to develop.It will be interesting to see how many of our players are sought by Premiership clubs during the close season.My bet is there won't be many apart from Snodgrass and possibly Wes if Villa still want him.

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    irongloves

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • I wouldn't criticise Snodgrass for the effort he put in, if spasmodically. But I totally agree with some of the comments here in that he has nothing in his locker to worry a defender. Totally predictable and as such makes life easy for his markers. Always tries to cut inside as he has no right foot, lacks pace and apart from one or two very good strikes most of his dead ball kicking has been poor, with balls under or over-hit or aimless. I thought the player who stood out on Sunday was Tettey. He didn't look out of place in the surroundings. Sadly Hughton managed to get nothing out of any of our players, good and indifferent. A better coach would have been able to enthuse, organise and drill them into a cohesive if not brilliant unit. As did PL. Palace last night showed exactly the qualities which we do not possess, especially the ability to break at speed and use the ball incisively and in a way that hurts the opposition. We on the other hand counter-attack at about 3mph, which would once have required a man with a red flag to walk in front of them! By Sunday all may be over bar the shouting and if so I would like to see Adams give one or two deserving youngsters a run out because many of our current team are already yesterday's men for one reason or another.

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    malaga flier

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • …..Charles! ….It is not easy to find a suitable name to hide behind, if of course you need to hide....Clearly you don't!....Snodgrass is NOT the answer to our problems! ...In my opinion he is one of the causes of them!....Our Mr Hughton felt that he was the way forward, and brushed everything else, and everyone else aside in order to accommodate him!....We were not all taken in by this action, and if you refer to my postings since the arrival of Hughton and co, plus the addition of Snodgrass, you will soon realise that I am not one of the gullible....Signing and playing Hooper and RvWW had no chance of success with Snodgrass monopolising as much as he could at the expense of the rest of the team!....Holt , Hoolahan, Howson, Becchio, Pilkington, were never going to fit into the same side!....We have been completely unbalanced, not knowing our left from our right, and our defence from our attack!....Some contributors have supported Hughton and co without a thought of what the outcome could be....Now they know the answer!....I will not be sorry to see Snodgrass move on!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • TK - but isn't that the point. Snodgrass has the ball more than anyone, as you say, and what is created? It's not so much that the strikers are missing chances, though of course they have missed some, but that enough chances are not being created. If Snodgrass has the ball most of the time, surely he is central to this problem.

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    CharlieCrickless

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • It is the results against the bottom half sides that have cost us badly this season, especially at home. Too many times we took a draw rather than trying to win games and it has come back to bite us! Crystal Palace 31 West Ham United 30 Swansea City 10 Aston Villa 00 Hull City 30 West Bromwich Albion 03 Sunderland 31 Fulham 00 Cardiff City 10 14 points from a possible 27 at home against teams around us is troubling enough but 5 from 27 away is just shambolic. 19 points from 18 games was never going to be enough to keep us up comfortably, we should have been looking for 30 points from those games and then given ourselves a fighting chance - as it was we were too negative and team selection and performances like Hull away set the tone for a disappointing season

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    Dave Clarke

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • Oh, Mattias. Are you the last one not to realise that forwardslash does not work, but back\slash does? Mouth\Ears Syndrome again. A ratio of 1\2. Or, for you, 12. Come to "The Renderers` Limbs" and get tutored. It`s in your own interest. Honestly.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • simples really apart from Hooper and Beechio (as we cant judge him) strikers that dont score more thna one goal each is the reason

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    Jimmy Hupperby

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • Couldnt agree more TK. Very true points. I was the same on the Snodgrass issue. When he was badly out of form earlier this season he should have been droppedrested. However in the last month Snodgrass has shown more passion and determination to win than the rest of the squad combined.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • Surrey Canary - you have hit the nail on the head. We showed no urgency for most of the season. Why? - I look at NCFC for the last two years as a badly run business. No one at the helm making the tough decisions or really having any idea what the issues are, or what to do about them. If NCFC wants to become even a mid table EPL side in the future, we need a change of ownership and people who fully understand the business of EPL football running it - some one who demands reasonable results, and will settle for nothing less. We come across as being run like a small family business, and although we are small in EPL terms, we will not be anything more if we don't act differently. Very frustrating season watching it all being thrown down the toilet because the board did not know what to do. They are where the problems really are - poor manager and player performances are results of the boards ineptitude.

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    MichiganCanary

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • CC, your comparison between Snodgrass and Pilkington somehow misses the point. There is little doubt that when Pilkington is fit and on form he is probably the better player, however, he has spent much of this season on the sick list and only ever seems prepared to give his all against the so called top clubs. Snodgrass on the other hand gives 100% every game and I would lay odds that he has the highest amount of time on the ball this season compared to minutes played. I agree that he is no Ryan Giggs but neither are we a top club so we have what we have so to speak. There was a time earlier in the season when I would have rested Snodgrass as he was off form and said so on this site but give the man his due, he did not duck the issue but worked his way through it giving total commitment to the team and that is the type of player I want at NCFC.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • Mel Lacey, you`re not related to that wonderfully eccentric landlord of yesteryear, Pete Lacey of the Marquis of Lothian, are you?? Hon. Pres. of our Sunday League team. Sunday games used to finish in time for a goodly session in the pub, prior to returning home for a dried-out Sunday dinner which had been ready an hour earlier. Some of the porkers you see at footy matches these days would have a "bluey" if they tried any real exercise!

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • Too many games played early on with a mind-set of, 'it's ok, plenty more games to come to pick up points in'. Wrong mindset. Someone has to work on the psychology at NCFC because it's gone wrong. Perhaps Adams can sort it, but it goes further up. I think the Board went into shock as well with CH, and also got caught in the headlights like a rabbit, Still, the team goes down with healthy finances and that has to be a good thing. Now time to rebuild around the hungry players who are left and bring in some of the youth before they all leak away to other clubs...

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    Surrey Canary

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • bluelight, you are spot on. I think I`ll try to go to a few Lowestoft games next season, though pathetic public transport makes it difficult from here. There are real concerns now, that "grassroots" football is dying. Obese sub middle-aged, `Replica Bell-tent` wearers would rather roll up to Carra Rud and enjoy a day of p!*$-poor football, calorific fast-food and lager, than actually PLAY football. I suppose it`s their hearts` ease? What an estate to get into.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • I called it a day on away games after years of hardly missing a game believe it or not after the spurs game this season. That was one "hughton no show" performance too many. People got (and still do) confused over it though. We dont expect to go to Spurs etc and win. What we do expect is a performance or good effort. Too many times under Hughton we'd simply no show. While my lot still buckled and we've been to a few away games since its more based on the dayevening out until Hughton was gone. Away games since have been far more enjoyable. Fulham while ultimately the nail in our coffin was much improved and a breathe of fresh air as we witnessed live in person an NCFC side actaully create chances in the penalty area. Chelsea was a performance I was utterly proud of and left me shaking long after the final whistle had gone. Man United until the penalty was a battling performance that saw us absorbing everything they chucked at us. Sadly fell apart after that. End of the day though money is extremely tight and following NCFC home and away is a stupidly expensive hobby. While the only way of me giving up my season ticket would be through my death, away games was something I had to sacrifice. Under Hughton I may as well nipped down Oulton Broad and chucked my money in the water.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • Mad Brewer - as is often the case, 'amen' to what you have said!

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    Mel Lacey

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • I am not the greatest Snodgrass fan in this County, but he did, at least try. Trouble was, he was predictable, selfish, one-paced and one-footed. Easy meat for the average Premiership (or Championship) full-back. Or an experienced Norwich Sunday-Leaguer. Also, the abjectly inadequate manager, Hughton, failed to rein Snods in to do a job for the team. Scared of him? Too much whinging to the ref & trying to con free kicks. Too often doing that and thereby failing to get back to retrieve the lost ball, or support the defenders exposed by his posturing. In short; he needed a strong manager and an influential Captain to keep him in line. Lambert had left, and Holt was quickly Bewilderwooded out of the Club. Snodgrass could`ve been much better than he was, but there was nobody to control his overweening ego. Basically, Hughton`s brain is too small to cope with more than one task at a time. He concentrated solely on keeping Robert happy. He devalued the role of Captain, by first dithering disdainfully over Holt, then rendering the title meaningless by sharing the role between two unsuitable people. In the meantime, our beloved Board happy-clapped their way through celebrity Dinner Parties, seemingly oblivious to what was going on. Overgrown kiddies at a party where the presents didn`t turn up.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • ncfc boy

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • after 67 years of traveling to watch city play,i am now calling it a day.i feel the board just fiddled while hughton & co ruined our club.we needed stong leadership at chrismas when every one bar the board could see what was happening.and to really p-- me off.i see the biggest cheat in the premier league has won two player of the season awards.no wonder i am fed up with the way football is now run.

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    bluelight

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • irongloves we have more premier league qulaity players than just Snodgrass, come on! Ruddy & Olsson are two that stand out right away. Fer is an international quality player while Ill admit hes not shown the form hes capable of enough this season hes still a quality player. Plenty of others to. A large majority are just good championship players but still have more than 1 premier league quality player.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • Last comment was for NZ Canary BTW. irongloves I have to disagree with your comment about Snodgrass being the only player we have on Premier League quality. If you want to go off those in form this season Ruddy & Olsson certainly are. Olsson was getting linked with Arsenal for ages before joining us following injury. Ruddy was linked with Chelsea for what felt like the whole summer. Although out of form for a majority of this season Fer is an international standard player. While their is a majority who are very good championship we do have premier league quality players.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • Had an interesting discussion with a scouser today. Who has the best chance - Norwich of staying up - or - Liverpool of winning the title ? I guess the answer is that both have precious little chance of either - it's just a case of whose misery will be compounded first ? If Sunderland pick up one more point tomorrow then it will be us who are down.......

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    Dubai Canary

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • Nice to hear someone mention a different manager to Malky, Warnock, Zola, Clarke, Lennon etc....but cant see Ryan Nelson coming. Believe it or not im a big MLS fan & Toronto really struggled in his first term in charge. He went down the horrible loan player route and they just couldnt buy a win. As most will know they've spent big time in the close season bringing Defoe, Bradley, Julio Cesar (Loan but paying his massive wages) in etc....Tactically IMO hes still got alot of work to do. Toronto are heavily counting on their DP players. Same as always though, who ever is manager next season, whether its Adams or anyone of the usual suspects, it'll be a massive gamble. Lets just hope it works out.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • Snodgrass is the only outfield player we have who is a genuine Premiership player and,as such,will not stay with us next season.He would have made more impact this season if Hewtn and co had not insisted on playing him on the right .

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    irongloves

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • Snodgrass seems to polarise opinion, much as Hughton did 12 months ago. For me he is the main reason for Norwich’s inability to score goals, which started when he joined the club: surely this can no longer be just coincidence. That he makes some effort (though by no means all the time) is the least an employer should expect from an employee, and hardly sufficient reason to put his name on the team sheet first. He is one-paced, one-footed and has one trick. His corners and free kicks are usually cut out by the first defender or gathered by the keeper. I cannot fathom why he was preferred to Pilks, a player who is two-footed (I don’t know which is his stronger), plenty of pace and good in the air, or even lille ol Benny, who also has plenty of pace. Of course recently Benny has been injured and Pilks has lost interest after being dropped after the best team performance of the season against Man City: dropped for Snodgrass by the dimwitted manager at the time. I’d take Pilks every day of the week and believe he must be encouraged to stay and that Snodgrass has to leave. Disappointed that Adams didn’t do more to solve this structural problem, i.e. a lack of pace , but understand that he felt he could not make sweeping changes with only 5 games to go. Snodgrass as player of the season; I put him in the same category as Alan Shearer as a football pundit.

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    CharlieCrickless

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • I totally agree MY and he was one of our top scorers to boot. I will be sorry to see him go if that is the outcome of relegation as he has been our only consistent creative midfielder from where I sit.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • Somewhat harsh criticism of Snoddie here. I don't think that anyone can question his hard work and commitment this season.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • If we go down how about Ryan Nelson for manager ??? Did wonders for New Zealand in the world cup. Now manager in Toronto Fantastic leader and motivator. He will be a great manager one day and who would see us back in the Premier League first time of asking Just a thought

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    NZ Canary

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • West Brom may do Norwich a favour, Swansea may win against Sunderland, but the bare fact is Norwich has to beat Arsenal, not draw, not lose but win !!!! yeah right not an easy thing to do..

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    Lyn Flatt

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • It should be pointed out that West Brom did indeed do us a massive favour in the second to last game last season. Would be lovely if they do so again. :-)

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • Such is life Snoddy. For what it's worth, I've massive respect for the effort you have put in. I do hope you'll stay and help push for a return at the end of next season, but appreciate you're probably going to get some very nice, and deserved, offers over the summer.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • "Norwich have a squad that is better than relegation fodder yet they approach the final week of the season reliant on Sunderland’s capacity to implode, despite the Wearsiders triumphing against both Chelsea and Manchester United away from the north-east in recent weeks." Paddy Davitt What a load of rubbish, you finish where you deserve to finish. Norwich have a disastrous goal difference, that alone tells the tale.

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    NB

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • sorry, Robert, left foot...

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    malaga flier

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • Snodgrass player of the year? If so that says a lot about the level of performances across the board this season. What a shame you all didn't show that same level of commitment for the majority of the games. Yes I know and accept that much of the blame lies with Hughton., But we have seen too many utter capitulations this season and you can't pull the wool over the eyes of the fans who have said time and again we just haven't put in the effort and commitment during the season as a whole. Games like Chelsea and Liverpool have been the exceptions. In fact we should actually have been making more effort to win the winnable games rather than those against the top teams as they were points for the taking. What a season; what a mess; what embarrassment. In passing I also wonder why, having cut inside all season to use his right foot, on Sunday Snodgrass chose to go to the outside ? This was one occasion when cutting inside would have opened up a great scoring chance.

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    malaga flier

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • player of the season by a mile - skilful and never gives up unfortunately won't stay when we go down.

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    citizen

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • Just seen Palace pull three late goals back against the scally scousers - certainly knocked the wind out of their sails..............

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    Dubai Canary

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • A little bit late to ask why at this point Snodgrass

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    citycanary

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • Missed penalty against Villa set the rot. Too many players who can't use both feet. Too many bad decisions - when to cross near when to cross deep when to cross low when to cut back. when to stay on your feet and shoot rather than trying to "win" free kicks. How to beat a keeper one on one?

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    Pondlife

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • could it be a missed penalty by any chance?

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    canarybell

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • I am wondering why most of the team have beards or stubble? If they have not been able to look in the mirror for the season then....... Snods if you didn't know the performance last Saturday and the second half of the Liverpool game recently was how you need to perform EVERY WEEK!!! Not when you felt like it

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    JB

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • O.M.G. Even Snodgrass think that you still have a chance. What is he on as i will put a order in for some.

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    FINN.BLUE

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • Now Snods has caught the dreaded Rueing Disease and so has Michael Bailey.

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    waclor

    Monday, May 5, 2014

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