Scottish hopes of reaching the finals in Brazil next summer are over after taking two points from six games while their Balkan opponents are joint top of Group A along with Belgium.
The 25-year-old Norwich forward is aware that most of the noises emanating from the Croatian camp have promised another night of misery for Gordon Strachan's depleted side with boss Igor Stimac quoted as saying that his side "won't allow them to get out of their own half."
Snodgrass acknowledged the disparity between the two countries but insists the Scots will not be whipping boys.
"I think the table says it all," he said. "We are down at the bottom, they are fighting at the top and that's what people look at.
"But there is a level of pride at stake and a belief that we can get a result.
"I would hate to be in a changing room with lads that didn't believe they could win a game.
"It is a matter of pride. Most footballers I know want to win every training session never mind games and that's what it will take to get a result there on Friday.
"It is a team game and everyone needs to pull in the same direction to try to get a result, especially against a tough Croatia side.
"We have been very unlucky during this campaign.
"People might think differently but I think we should have beaten Wales home and away and we could have got a better result against Serbia.
"It's all ifs and buts. We are where we are because we didn't take our chances so we will try put those things right come Friday."
Snodgrass's Carrow Road team-mate Russell Martin might be asked to make his second start at international level at the heart of a makeshift defence where he could come up against Mario Mandzukic, who scored in the Champions League final for Bayern Munich.
The former Livingston, and Leeds United player, however, believes Martin, 27, is well equipped to cope with anything Croatia can throw at him
"Scotland haven't seen the best of Russell Martin," he said. "He's a top professional, a top athlete and most of all, he is a top player.
"I have seen him day in, day out and he is a leader and a winner and that's what you need.
"If Russell gets that chance I believe he will take it with both hands because nothing fazes him.
"I saw him play against Man City on the last day of the season and he kept (Carlos) Tevez and (Edin) Dzeko quiet and these boys have a great record as well.
"But it is not just up to Russell Martin, we can't lay it on him and say he is the answer.
"It is about playing as a team to try to get the result and maximum points."
Snodgrass reacquainted himself this week with a team-mate from further back in his career in Leigh Griffiths but he instantly recognised the traits displayed by the Wolves striker when they were together at Livingston.
Griffiths notched 28 goals in his second loan spell at Hibernian this season which came as no surprise to Snodgrass.
He said: "I watched him in training this week and he has not changed much from when he was younger.
"He was shooting from everywhere then, every angle possible, and he still does the same.
"He wants to score goals and that is a great thing to have in your locker.
"He has probably grown up a lot from then (Livingston). He was a young boy then but he has kids now, he is a dad.
"Nothing fazes Leigh. He has said that he wants to play for Scotland so hopefully he gets the chance and does the business."
Snodgrass is back in contention after missing the 2-0 away defeat by Serbia in March following his dismissal against Wales at Hampden days previously after picking up two yellow cards, the second of which resulted in a penalty for the Welsh who ended up winning 2-1.
"You want to put that behind you and focus on being positive," he said.
"You get highs and lows, sometimes it goes your way, sometimes it doesn't.
"I was trying to help the team with the tackle.
"I made maybe three tackles in that game, two were bookings so it was difficult to take and the way the game unfolded afterwards was difficult.
"But it is behind me now and hopefully I can put things right on Friday."
Defender Grant Hanley picked up an ankle knock in training on Monday but should be fine while stopper Gordon Greer will shrug off a bout of tonsillitis which delayed his arrival until Monday night.