December 11 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, September 1, 2013
The international break will be a much more palatable experience thanks to Norwich City’s opening Premier League victory of the campaign.
Nathan Redmond’s treasured moment of a first top-flight goal was worth the wait and ultimately enough to see off big-spending Southampton.
Given the frustration of last weekend’s defeat at 10-man Hull, the change in mood come Saturday afternoon – helped by the midweek League Cup victory over Bury – was understandable as Chris Hughton’s new-look side continued to show promise.
“Going into the international break with a win is always nice because we can take our foot off the pedal a little bit and relax, look at the next five or six games and see where we can get some results,” said Redmond, who will be away with England’s Under-21 set-up.
“The break is very important because we have to look after ourselves as the lads going away, as well as those back at the training ground. So as a squad we’ve got to recover and recuperate and look to go again when we come back together.”
The 19-year-old’s solo effort was yet more evidence of what looks a bargain £3.2m summer move from Birmingham.
“I’m very happy – I’m more delighted getting the three points on the board and getting us higher up the table, but I’m happy with the goal and it’s my first Premier League goal, so it’s a moment I’ll treasure for the rest of my career.
“I cut inside a couple of times before that in the second half, I switched the ball over to the other side too. And just before the goal I went down the outside. So when I saw two players come across I thought if I dipped my shoulder I could come in and get a yard, managed to get a clean strike on it and it went in. It was a great goal given the circumstances.”
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