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SNODDY ON SAINTS DRAW

29 November 2012

Goal scorer reacts to 1-1 draw at St Mary's

MIDFIELDER Robert Snodgrass has applauded the resilience of his team-mates after they came back from a goal down to secure another Barclays Premier League point in a 1-1 draw with Southampton.

The former-Leeds man curled in a free kick on the stroke of half time to cancel out Rickie Lambert’s controversial opening strike to ensure City’s unbeaten run rolled onto eight games in all competitions.

“I thought we should have won the game in the second half,” Snodgrass told Canaries Player.

“We knew the first half wasn’t good enough, it’s good to take a point away from home, but on another day Holty’s [Grant Holt’s] header would have gone in and we’d have went on to win the game. 

“Sometimes you get those bits of fortune, but we’ll pick ourselves up and look forward to a tough game against Sunderland on Sunday. 

“We’re back at home for that one which seems to be a place where we’re winning games these days so we’re looking forward to that.

“I think we showed great spirit and character to come back into the game after they scored the goal and I felt that there was only one team that was going to win the game in the second half. 

“It resulted in them taking the long ball option, which we knew they were going to do and we dealt with it well. There was only one team that was getting the ball down and passing it and looking to go on and win the game.”

The goal was Snodgrass’ second of the campaign after his equalising strike away at Tottenham Hotspur earlier in the season, and he was delighted to get on the score sheet once again, despite the blow of losing John Ruddy to a thigh injury filtering through before the match.

He said: “I scored a few free kicks for Leeds when I was there, but I’ve been unfortunate that it hasn’t happened at Norwich so far. 

“People are saying that the ‘keeper has made a mistake, but you’ve still got to get it on target, I did that and it was good to see it go in.”

On Ruddy he added: “We’ll miss John, what he brings to this team is clean sheets, but what we have got is a great ‘keeper in Mark Bunn, and I think you’ve seen that against Southampton and in the Capital One Cup win over Tottenham Hotspur. He’s calm, composed, and pulled off some good saves. 

“I’d like to wish John a speedy recovery because he’s a great chap and a great ‘keeper.”

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