Norwich City midfielder Robert Snodgrass is playing the Premier League long game

Norwich midfielder Robert Snodgrass felt San Jose offered the perfect step up in intensity. Picture

Norwich midfielder Robert Snodgrass felt San Jose offered the perfect step up in intensity. Picture by Andrew Tobin/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Andrew Tobin/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City midfielder Robert Snodgrass insisted all that matters is being ready to fire when the Premier League starts after a disappointing 1-0 USA tour defeat to San Jose.

Snodgrass made his second cameo of the trip in the second period at Buck Shaw Stadium but the Scottish international was unable to replicate his decisive impact in the opening midweek cruise against Dorados de Sinaloa.

'It was a tough workout. I think you could tell watching that game they were a little further ahead than us in their season,' he said. 'Something like two months ahead. You could see from the first whistle pretty much they looked sharper, stronger and especially second half they kept going. The gaffer looked to bring on fresh legs, me included, and sometimes that is difficult to go into those type of games and make an impact as a sub, especially with the tempo they set. You could tell they were a couple of months into their season. It wasn't a good result but at the end of the day the object of the exercise was to get some more minutes under our belt and some tough games coming up back home.

'You don't want to be playing against opposition at this stage and beating them five or six. You want to be testing yourself all the time because this is what the Premier League is all about. You get tested week in, week out. I think you want that as footballers. I know on a personal level I want that challenge because I set myself targets and goals that I want to achieve. You want to try and do it against the best.'


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