I'm loving it! Norwich ace Snodgrass is back on song… after giving the boot to Big Macs
14:34 GMT, 8 March 2013
17:54 GMT, 8 March 2013
Bad diet: The famous Big Mac
Robert Snodgrass says he feels like a machine after putting his bad diet and lazy training days behind him.
The Norwich winger used to enjoy a pre-match McDonald's as a youngster in Livingston, but accepts today what you fuel up on can have a major impact on performance on the pitch.
'I have learned off each nutritionist or fitness coach how to get your body in the best possible shape for match-days, because that is what managers want.'
Mean machine: Robert Snodgrass feels his fitness has helped his performances
Feast: The Norwich midfielder used to enjoy a pre-match McDonald's
'This Premier League is about high-energy and athletes. It is about preparing yourself from Monday to Saturday so you can be in as good a shape as possible, mentally and physically for a game.
'Sometimes you are just like a machine – you need to eat the right things and take care of your body, on and off the park, especially as the game is so physical now, and as an individual I do that.
'We have got a great nutrition and fitness side of things and that is why people have noticed this season that Norwich do work very, very hard.'
Snodgrass and the rest of the Canaries come up against Southampton on Saturday knowing a win well edge them closer to securing their Barclays Premier League status.
The Scotland midfielder, signed from Leeds in the summer, has provided a good link-up between defence and attack for Chris Hughton’s men, who will be out to make it back-to-back home wins and put last weekend’s 4-0 defeat at Manchester United out of their system.
And the 25-year-old is happy to put another 90 minutes of hard graft in up and down the flanks if it means Norwich get the result at full-time.
Stuck in: Snodgrass' defensive game has improved since moving to Norwich
Relegation battle: Norwich will take on Southampton on Saturday
'The fitness coaches show you your numbers, and as an individual you try to beat that each week, so with me running six or seven miles, it is about trying to help the team,' said Snodgrass, who has been called up for Scotland’s World Cup qualifiers against Serbia and Wales.
'People can speak about it taking individuals to win games, but if those individuals are not on their day, then you look for a team (effort) to pull you through – maybe Sebastien Bassong or Michael Turner flicking one in on 94 minutes to keep us in this league.
'We know what it takes as players and as a team – the most important thing is we get the three points and everyone as a club pulls in the right direction.'