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Robert Snodgrass has become the most unlikely of cult heroes at West Ham United this season.

The Scotland international has been reborn at West Ham this season when his Hammers career looked well and truly over before it ever began.
After failing to establish himself following a £10million move from Hull, Snodgrass was shipped out on loan to Championship Aston Villa last season.
The 31-year-old looked certain to leave the club in the summer.
But a discussion with Manuel Pellegrini and a new determination to make his Hammers career work have turned everything around.

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An unlikely Hammers cult hero

Pellegrini recently revealed that Snodgrass impressed him in pre-season and trimmed down in a bid to make things work.
And work it has.
Snodgrass has seven assists already this term and scored his first Premier League goal for the East Londoners in a 3-2 win over Crystal Palace last time out.
Some goal it was too.
That win was West Ham’s third on the bounce and the third game in a row they have scored three goals.
It is the first time the Hammers have managed such a feat since 1982.
Pellegrini’s side have a real chance to make it four when they travel to Fulham for the late kick-off on Saturday.

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McMessi: ‘It means a lot’

Speaking to the club’s official website ahead of the game Snodgrass – or McMessi as he is now affectionately referred to by some fans – admitted his delight at his and West Ham’s turnaround.
But he sounded a stark warning to his teammates if they have any plans to keep their good run going.
“It does mean a lot to me (the turnaround),” Snodgrass told
“I’ve been waiting a long moment to score a goal in the Premier League for West Ham and to get it in that fashion and get the win was delightful.

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Snoddy fires stark warning to teammates over defending

“When you lose the first four games, I don’t think the fans would have thought we’d be winning three on the bounce and scoring three goals a game.

“It’s really good at the moment but we must build on it.

“As a team, we need to stop conceding goals.

“There are a lot of games coming up and a lot of people in the squad who want to play. We’re just trying to build the momentum through the whole squad and it’s working.”

Snodgrass is right to point out West Ham’s defending.

It would be easy to ride the positive train after three wins in a week.

But the two goals conceded against Palace and the late strike from Cardiff before that were extremely sloppy.

Against better opposition West Ham will be punished for such lapses.

Hopefully Snodgrass will help focus a few minds before the trip to Fulham.

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