Chris Hughton believes Norwich City midfielder Robert Snodgrass is on a par with the best free kick artists in the Premier League.

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Snodgrass notched his fifth goal of the season in the FA Cup third round 3-0 win at Peterborough when he raced clear to slot underneath Bobby Olejnik, but the Scottish international again underlined his dead ball mastery at London Road.

Olejnik’s flying leap denied him in first half stoppage time at the end of a week when Snodgrass had also struck the woodwork with a 25-yard speciality in the Premier League defeat at West Ham. Hughton believes Snodgrass has now emerged as a major offensive weapon for the Canaries, after previously demonstrating his free kick prowess with strikes at Southampton, Swansea and West Brom.

“He is excellent,” said Hughton. “I thought his free kick at West Ham was in when he struck it, but at the moment it is also from distance that he is able to score. When you are a little bit closer to goal it is more of an up and over the wall and he has that ability as well, but he is also striking them well from further out. Sometimes that is a confidence thing. I would say he is more confident now that at the start of the season. You get spells like that and he is looking a real threat and for us it is a valuable asset to have. I leave it up to the players who have to make the decision when they are on the pitch, depending on where the ball is. It is all about quality but if it’s on the right, then Pilky (Anthony Pilkington) has that quality as well. The interesting one is with Javi (Garrido) who I think when he was at Man City scored a few, but right now it would be difficult to get Snoddy off them.”

Snodgrass’ importance to Norwich’s cause was underlined by his inclusion in a much-changed starting line up at Peterborough.

“I made a decision to make some changes but he is one I know can play games. He is a fit lad,” said Hughton. “He just continues to show what good form he is in. I think he is playing consistently and he has added some goals and assists to his game, but on the day I thought he was part of an all-round good team performance.

“I had to make a tough decision whether I started him or not. What was important was that players had an opportunity to play, but we also showed some respect to what we have at the club and the competition by playing the regulars. That was the balance.”

26 comments

  • Nice, moi?

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    DocOhNo

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • I concur, Doc!

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, January 9, 2013

  • Snodgrass looks a snip @ £3million now.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 8, 2013

  • Hear, hear! Doc. See the Numpty "admits" to being on the first floor. Is that the janitor`s closet?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • Snoddy, best free kick artiste since .... Graham Paddon,

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, January 8, 2013

  • DocOhNo - do you have any evidence to support your "feeling" that Ged is an Archant plant? If so, please present it. Do you also have any evidence that Archant sports journalists knoiw nothing about football? If so, please present that as well. Otherwise, just shut up criticising them all the time. This site is provided by Archant for the likes of you and me, but you - and one or two others - spend much of your time writing offensive comments about the providers. Do you have any evidence that you are a nice person? If so, please present it. And no, I am not an Arhcant employee, becfore yoy conclude that I am.

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    KelvedonCanary

    Wednesday, January 9, 2013

  • DocOhNo

    Wednesday, January 9, 2013

  • DocOhNo - do you have any evidence to support your "feeling" that Ged is an Archant plant? If so, please present it. Do you also have any evidence that Archant sports journalists knoiw nothing about football? If so, please present that as well. Otherwise, just shut up criticising them all the time. This site is provided by Archant for the likes of you and me, but you - and one or two others - spend much of your time writing offensive comments about the providers. Do you have any evidence that you are a nice person? If so, please present it. And no, I am not an Arhcant employee, becfore yoy conclude that I am.

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    KelvedonCanary

    Wednesday, January 9, 2013

  • MBA, I believe Leeds have a very good left back who would be pleased to leave, Adam sonething or another, that's about the only quality player they have.

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    DocOhNo

    Tuesday, January 8, 2013

  • I see he hit the post v West Ham with a "25 yard specialty". In a previous article he merely grazed the post, I know which report is more accurate, does the EDP?

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    DocOhNo

    Tuesday, January 8, 2013

  • MBA, there appears to be a "flaw" in your argument. You could have a career in the press maybe? Perhaps our "manager" should try a different career too, he's struggling with his current one. All the best Ged - 1st floor.

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    Ged Steroo

    Wednesday, January 9, 2013

  • DocOhNo

    Wednesday, January 9, 2013

  • "He shoots from the left, He shoots from the right, Oh Robert Snodgrass, Makes Messi look .......well the 2 players aren't comparable really because Snodgrass is more of a free kick specialist...". ( Can't help feeling I may need to do some more work on this chant).

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, January 8, 2013

  • DocOhNo

    Tuesday, January 8, 2013

  • If you remove Ged's last full stop then read his last sentence, it makes much better reading, such a jester.

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    MBA Marine

    Tuesday, January 8, 2013

  • If the twit you're referring to is Ged, there is a very strong feeling that he is an Archant sports journalist trying to drum up controversy, so your comment about knowing nothing about football would be apt.

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    DocOhNo

    Wednesday, January 9, 2013

  • 4 league goals and "deadly"??? Our manager really does need to raise his expectations a little! Whooton is a typical defender turned manager, absolutely no idea about attacking football. What a joke. Ged - Your Pal

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    Ged Steroo

    Tuesday, January 8, 2013

  • Funny that the chap you stands up for Archant ends up with a double posting, just one of the floors in system that Achant uses. Ironic.

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    MBA Marine

    Wednesday, January 9, 2013

  • All Snods needs now is a "David Beckham pretty-boy" makeover, and they`ll make a film "Swing it like Snoddy" starring Scarlett Johanssen & Steven Fry. Next in the series, "Dink it like Delia" starring Delia as herself and Hugh Grant.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 8, 2013

  • It`s a pity Ads had to end up at Leeds; he deserves so much better. P`raps he`ll come back one day in a coaching role?

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, January 9, 2013

  • A great value signing, I can't wait to see who comes from Leeds in this window, its now tradition and we cannot go breaking those.

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    MBA Marine

    Tuesday, January 8, 2013

  • Not that you`re not a nice person, the rest of it!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • Ahhhh i'm getting the theme now MB & Timbo. The sequel, Snip it like Snoddy?

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    spanishcanary

    Tuesday, January 8, 2013

  • Kelvedon, I may not be a nice person, but at least I can spell "you"! If you want to continue tugging your forelock and being eternally grateful to Archant, feel free. Never make the mistake they are providing this site out of the goodness of their hearts, just try to imagine what the organisations who advertise on the site pay them. Anyway I shall continue to post as I do, if you don't like it you don't have to read it.

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    DocOhNo

    Wednesday, January 9, 2013

  • Why doesn't this twit stick to a subject he knows about - buterflies, birds, wild flowers etc., he clearly hasn't a clue about football!

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    blackdog2

    Wednesday, January 9, 2013

  • CH makes a good point about Snoddy's consistency, I think that he is the most consitent player that we have at the moment.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, January 8, 2013

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