Hammers showed spirit in Huddersfield fightback, says Snodgrass



Robert Snodgrass believes West Ham United showed their spirit in the second half as they fought back to earn a point in a 1-1 Premier League draw at Huddersfield Town.

The Hammers fell behind early on when Alex Pritchard squeezed in a sixth-minute opener during an entertaining first quarter of an hour. 

And after chances came and went for both sides, Manuel Pellegrini’s side put the pressure on as the game neared its climax and equalised through Felipe Anderson’s third goal in two matches when the Brazilian fired in after a number of blocked shots. 

The visitors then had an Issa Diop header cleared off the line, and Snodgrass, who said his team showed their character after the break, thought his side could secure three points.

“We believed we could win the game,” he reflected. “Obviously we created some decent chances and we got the goal, and got a few cleared off the line and we were inches away from getting the victory, but it wasn’t to be. Sometimes a point on a road is a good result, but we believed we could win.

“In the second half, we showed the spirit that hasn’t been there in the last few years and we did well. Maybe ten, 15 minutes in the second half, we thought we could win the game, so I believe it was a fair result.

We showed the spirit that hasn’t been there in the last few years and we did well. Sometimes as point on the road is a good result but we believed we could win

Robert Snodgrass

Robert Snodgrass
“They had a few chances, we had a few chances but it was a game that we believed we could go and win. But we didn’t start well enough and that’s why the manager made a few changes and brought Chicha on and maybe with two up top, we could take the game to them.”

Anderson’s run of good form continued with his equaliser following his brace against Burnley at London Stadium last weekend. 

Teammate Snodgrass praised the No8’s goal and display, but explained the whole squad needs to continue to work hard to achieve what they want to this season.

“It was a good finish [from Felipe],” he said. “He has got that in his locker. We want to see him doing that regularly, and it’s up to us to help him, but it’s great for him that he’s got another goal.

“There is a lot of work to do and we’re far from the finished article, but we’re creating chances and we have boys in the team that can score goals. 

“There are qualities of good Premier League experience in our squad, which you need. Sometimes when you concede early on like we did, it’s easy to get your heads down but you need characters to keep going and the fans were superb again.

“It’s part and parcel of football, sometimes you get the chances and take that and you’re sitting there with three points but it wasn’t to be and we keep going.

“I personally keep on grafting every day and I’m in the best condition I’ve been in for a long time, and I had some injuries holding me back from doing that in the past.

“But to get myself in this condition and driving forward is great and I want to be pushing us up that table. We will dust ourselves down and get ready for a tough game against Man City.”