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Snodgrass: We must deal with pressure

October 1, 2013
By David Instone

Robert Snodgrass admits Norwich City have to learn to cope with the pressure that had built up on Chris Hughton prior to Sunday's first away league victory of the season.

Robert Snodgrass
PA PhotosSnodgrass expects Norwich to continually come under pressure. 

Questions were being asked of the manager in some quarters following the club's heavy summer spending and slow subsequent start in the Premier League.

But the outlook at Carrow Road is much brighter again after a 1-0 win at Stoke City brought about by an impressive, workmanlike performance.

"We're in the Premier League and there's pressure," the midfielder said. "I'll be honest too and say that if you can’t handle that pressure, there’s no point in being here.

"In your job, every day, you put pressure on yourself. Even on the training ground, we're putting pressure on ourselves to get better and to work on our weaknesses.

"The manager puts that pressure on us -- and the fans put the pressure on the players and the manager. It's not just the manager. We're all in it together."

Norwich had lost their opening two away games and also went down for the third time in a year at home to an Aston Villa side managed by former Canaries boss Paul Lambert.

More was being expected of them this time around as a result of their close-season outlay and wins in the last week at Watford in the Capital One Cup and now Stoke in the league have suggested the new players are bedding in.

"He has spent maybe £27million on players and the manager will tell you himself that there is an added pressure when you have a bigger kitty to spend," Snodgrass added. "But, with performances like that, I don't know how anyone can criticise us. We went to Stoke and won, which not a lot of teams will do.

"The fans are right behind the manager -- they’re a different class here. They felt frustrated that we had so many chances against Aston Villa the previous week and didn't take them. There's no better way to put things right than to roll your sleeves up and pull off a result like that."

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