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Snodgrass praises Hughton

Norwich winger Robert Snodgrass has paid tribute to former manager Chris Hughton but insisted the players are right behind new boss Neil Adams.

Hughton was sacked on Sunday in the wake of their 1-0 defeat to fellow strugglers West Brom, a result that leaves them in danger of the drop, with youth coach Adams taking his place.

Adams will take charge of the team for the first time against Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday and Scotland international Snodgrass is ready for a final push to avoid relegation.

"He is a great man and everyone in the game respects him as a gentleman. He brought me here and gave me my chance," Snodgrass said of Hughton on Weekend Warm-Up.

"He has been involved in the game for 30 or 40 years so he knows exactly the way the game goes.

"I think the press create an atmosphere and Chris was under a little bit of pressure.

"As a footballer you need to go in and do your job, no matter who is in charge. You need to have that fire and burning desire inside to win a football match.

"Neil Adams is the manager now and everybody is right behind him.

"He had some inspirational words to try and guide us to victory. We can speak as much as we want but you have to put it to actions.

"There is no hiding place on a Saturday. We are in a relegation dogfight and it's going to be a question of who wants it most."

Snodgrass has been in impressive form in recent weeks and he is convinced he and his team-mates have the necessary strength of character to keep Norwich in the top flight.

"I feel as though I have come to the fore at the business end of the season and that's where it counts," he added.

"When you are in a relegation fight you want characters, you want leaders and I feel as if I have played my part.

"I have worked hard to get here and there have been many ups and downs. I think it would hurt a lot and it would be very frustrating for most of the boys.

"They are a great bunch of lads and we have the character but everybody must give that final push for us to stay in the Premier League."