Stitch that! West Ham's Snodgrass shows that 'Braveheart' mentality
PUBLISHED: 10:51 08 March 2017 | UPDATED: 10:51 08 March 2017
Hammers winger settling in well to his new role
Invited into the West Ham dressing room at London Stadium after Monday night’s 2-1 defeat against champions-elect Chelsea, there was just one man left in there.
The bearded, sweating Robert Snodgrass was that man and the first thing he said was something of a revelation.
“At half time I had nine stitches on the side of my knee,” he announced with a shrug.
“I don’t even know what happened to be honest, I just looked down and there was a sort of gash on my knee.
“So it got stitched up and I got on with it.”
Surely only a Scotsman could say that! And in true ‘Braveheart’ fashion, the international winger seemed to get better in the second half, delivering some dangerous crosses and testing the Chelsea defence.
“I have always played as a right midfielder or behind a striker, so when the manager tells you to do a different job, you need to adapt to that and try and get crosses into the box for the big man,” added Snodgrass.
“My game is scoring and creating chances, but I am still adapting to a new team and a new position. There are some very good players here and I am just happy to be among them.”
The 29-year-old certainly seems to have settled in well at West Ham following his £10.2million January transfer window move from Premier League rivals Hull City.
And he felt the frustration every bit as much as his team-mates following derby defeat against Antonio Conte’s Blues.
“It is disappointing, but I thought in the first half we were the better team,” insisted Snodgrass.
“But when you are up against the leaders you always know you are going to have spells in the game when you are under the cosh, they attack so well.”
The Hammers certainly aided the Chelsea cause with a mistake by Mark Noble for the first goal from Eden Hazard and Snodgrass felt the second goal was also down to home side’s errors.
“We are really disappointed to lose a goal from a set-piece,” he added.
“We work hard on them, but that is West Brom and Chelsea where we have conceded from a set-piece, so we go back to the drawing board and try to fix it.”
The second goal came from a corner where Pedro Obiang nodded on an Eden Hazard delivery to allow Diego Costa to knee the ball past Snodgrass on the line.
It was not all doom and gloom from the Scotsman, though.
“We matched them at times and we had chances, they had to make some good blocks and we did get a goal in the end,” said Snodgrass, who is loving the London Stadium atmosphere.
“The fans really back you here, you can feel it every time you take a touch and go forward, they are cheering you on.
“You get so attached to the game that you want to give something back to the fans.”
Snodgrass is certainly feeling at home, but what about a first goal for the winger?
He shakes his head, adding: “Listen, it is not about me, it is about the team. If I can work as hard as I can and help my team-mates to three points that is all that matters to me.”
That is the sort of man you want in the trenches, that Scottish mentality that adds steel to your line-up. It’s just the goals to come.