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Snodgrass quietening his critics

Filed: Wednesday, 2nd January 2019
By: Staff Writer

Robert Snodgrass says he is delighted to be holding down a place in Manuel Pellegrini's first team - just a year after he was heavily criticised by members of the club's own Board of Directors.

Co-owner David Sullivan was widely criticised by supporters in December 2017 after telling The Guardian's Jacob Steinberg that "my kids begged me not to sign" Snodgrass or central defender Jose Fonte, who has since left for pastures new.

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And that criticism was followed up by comments from vice chairman Karren Brady in her controversial tabloid newspaper column, also in December 2017, in which she referenced the Scot by claiming that "Robert Snodgrass wasnít exactly a triumph".

However the 31-year-old has answered his critics in the best way possible by returning to West Ham from Aston Villa, where he spent last season on loan, to become a valuable member of Pellegrini's match day squad.

"I donít think I had to win anyone over," said Snodgrass, speaking in the Brighton match day programme. "Everybody started with a clean slate and it was a case that the manager said he was going to give everybody a fair chance.

"Football is up and down, but youíve just got to be doing the best you can and take the chances when they come. For me, the biggest thing is trying to get in the team and then try to kick on and contribute and show why the club bought me in the first place, which was to assist in goals."

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And key to Snodgrass' re-emergence as a Premier League midfielder is one key factor, accoring to the Scot - maximum graft and endeavour. "I'm working hard to continue to do that," he added. "Thatís the biggest thing for me.

"Itís nothing about that first season or anything; I feel as if I have proven that with goals and assists. Thatís what you want to be doing, you want to be trying to help your forwards and Iím doing that right now. Long may it continue."

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