West Ham winger heralds a fantastic nine-point week
PUBLISHED: 11:30 11 December 2018
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Super Snodgrass is loving every miuute with the Hammers
You get the impression that West Ham winger Robert Snodgrass is a contented man these days.
Long gone is his nightmare start as a Hammer, his season-long exile at Aston Villa and those stinging words from vice-chair Karren Brady.
This season he has become a cult hero at the London Stadium and this week he has been an intergral part of the team’s three wins in a row.
To cap it all he scored his fist Premier League goal in claret and blue to help turn things round against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
“It is superb to score in the Premier League,” said the 31-year-old Scotland international. “I scored in the Cup so I had that great feeling of scoring in a West Ham jersey before.
“I don’t really shoot enough to be honest, I try to create for others, but I just took a pop myself and reversed that and it was a nice finish.”
It certainly was. The ball was cleared to him outside the box and quick as a flash he arrowed it into the corner of the net to make it 1-1.
It was a different story in the first half as Palace led 1-0 at the break, so what did manager Manuel Pellegrini say to the squad?
“He just said keep doing what you’re doing,” revealed Snodgrass. “He is trying to play a style here, we are trying to play nice, attractive football, creating chances and this is the most important thing to keep doing out there.”
It certainly worked. After the Snodgrass strike, Javier Hernandez expertly finished to put them in front before a sublime finish by Felipe Anderson.
Snodgrass admitted that the Brazilian’s goal was slightly better than his, but had words of praise for the returning Andy Carroll, who came on at half time.
“There was no competition between the goals,” he smiled. “But I was delighted for Andy Carroll. He has been out for so long, but he was the difference.
“He came on and he gave us the platform to kick on. He was strong and a different class.”
Since his one-game suspension, Snodgrass has returned to the side on the wing and played superbly, while Anderson on the other flank has been equally effective.
It is a formation that seems to be working superbly for the rejuvenated Hammers.
“He works so hard,” Snodgrass said about Anderson. “He is always in the gym, he is trying to learn better English and he is a good professional.
“Sometimes you get players who come over here and don’t know what it takes to play at this level and in the first few games he maybe found it a little difficult.
“But he has battled through that and has been working so hard and it is paying off.”
So how about four wins on the trot for the happy Hammers? Snodgrass shrugs his shoulders.
“Why would you not believe in us?” he says. “We have got three wins on the bounce and now we need to kick on and try and get four.
“It’s a great feeling. There are not many times when we have stood here and talked about the prospect of four wins on the bounce, so let’s enjoy it.
“We must have confidence, we are playing some good stuff, so why not? Let’s try and get a fourth.”
With that he marches off with a little smile. From unfair zero to cult hero at West Ham and he is looking like one of the leaders in the team.
At the moment there is no stopping him. All is right in the Snodgrass world.
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