Audio: Robert Snodgrass - Norwich City need to up their game in front of goal

A dejected Robert Snodgrass leaves the field after Norwich City's defeat at Wigan. Picture: Paul Che

A dejected Robert Snodgrass leaves the field after Norwich City's defeat at Wigan. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

The debate over Norwich City's frame of mind heading into games rumbled on long before Saturday's deeply disappointing defeat at Wigan – and judging by the weekend's post-match reaction, it won't be stopping any time soon.

Norwich City winger Robert Snodgrass gets a shot off at the DW Stadium. Picture by Paul Chesterton/F

Norwich City winger Robert Snodgrass gets a shot off at the DW Stadium. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

It's not necessarily a straightforward argument, but one relentlessly occupying City supporters as the Premier League's relegation-threatened clubs up their chase of those above.

And that only intensifies the feeling on both sides. The case in point being the results from Arouna Kone's 81st minute winner that sunk a Canaries side clearly devoid of confidence in front of goal.

Norwich will need to find answers as the final seven games of their top-flight campaign come into view – however hard they are to find.

'I don't know why we're not scoring more goals – you boys watching from a distance may think we could be a bit more ruthless in front of goal, and there are certain things we will look at,' said Rob Snodgrass – not alone in finding himself in some promising positions at the DW Stadium


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'The manager has called for that in recent weeks and sometimes those chances fall for you, sometimes they don't. We can't rely solely on one man. Obviously Kei (Kamara) is up front by himself and sometimes it needs to be the perfect pass for him to get on the end of it, so I think it's a bitterly disappointed dressing room because for large spells of the game we were in it and we could've scored.

'They took their chances and we didn't, that's probably the bottom line really. I think that when you create chances you have just got to attack it, it's simple.

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'The manager goes on about putting crosses in the box and that was my job today, and I thought I did that. There were maybe a few times when I could have been a bit selfish and went and had some shots and I've gone to pass it. You're just trying to do what you can to help the team, and on another day we could've maybe nicked a few goals – but it wasn't to be.'

While defeat left plenty to think about for those returning to Carrow Road, Wigan will be desperate for the games to come around as quickly as possible. Their gap is four points to City with a game in hand, after the Latics' attacking tendencies ultimately rewarded them.

'They give you chances as a team and they also get numbers forward, and you saw several times their full-backs were bombing on and getting in behind, and if we'd have won the ball I could've been in,' added Snodgrass. 'They take chances and that's the way they play.

'As a team we will look back at it and think we could've been more clinical or the gaffer will maybe sit down and assess things. As a footballer you've got to try to do a job and there are certain things that are out of your hands. There are certain things that you can try to do to help the team. You want to try to get three points every game.

'They are a good side. They have passed many sides off the park here at the DW Stadium and I think people watching today will see how we were comfortable in that game and we looked as if we were going to nick a few goals. But as I say, sometimes it doesn't happen for you.

'We can take positives from that game today and realise that we matched Wigan and we had some better chances at times, so we will go away and approach the training ground as we always do, and try to step up in front of goal and put the ball in the back of the net.'

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