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Nathan Redmond looking to drive Norwich City forward ahead of 22nd birthday

10:03 03 March 2016

Nathan Redmond finds the net against Chelsea. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Nathan Redmond finds the net against Chelsea. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

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Nathan Redmond hits the grand old age of 22 come Sunday – but there is only one present the Norwich City winger wants to kick-off his birthday weekend celebrations.

“I’d like three points first and foremost, to make a happier weekend – I’d like that,” he smiled.

Norwich head to south Wales on Saturday to face relegation rivals Swansea, and Redmond’s well-taken fifth goal of the season came in Tuesday’s galling Carrow Road defeat to Chelsea.

That maintained the England Under-21 international’s place as the Canaries’ leading goalscorer this term – albeit with a modest tally. But perhaps more eye-catching was Redmond’s second-half willingness to drive Norwich forward in their continuing search for top-flight survival.

A winless run of eight league games has left Alex Neil’s men in the Premier League drop zone – but Redmond’s belief remains that City will turn that scenario around before the season is done, and he is happy to be one of those carrying that responsibility.

He said: “I came here at 19, I’m 22 on Sunday, I’ve been here three years now and had some growing up to do in that time – off the pitch and on the pitch too. If the responsibility falls on me then it falls on me. I don’t really see it like that though. I just see it that if I’m playing, I need to go out there and create chances and score goals for my team, so that we remain in the Premier League.”

With 10 games left, the looming sensation of time running out for City isn’t going to go anywhere soon.

Redmond said: “I’d like for it to click sooner rather than later. But we’ve just got to keep being as resilient as we were in the second half against Chelsea – we were a bit open but we dealt with them and created a lot of chances. We looked threatening.

“We’ve got to keep going – we can’t give up on it. We’ve got to fight, and that’s one thing the fans need to see from all of us, especially at home.”

Redmond added: “I’m just trying to give my all. It had been a while since I scored so I needed that, and it’s only made me hungrier to get another one.”

13 comments

  • Players need to make some of the on-field decisions for themselves. I suppose that might be termed "having a football brain". I don't think Nates has one of those. He's not alone in that squad. Probably the best example of a football brain to play for NCFC was Martin Peters. Others might include (obligatory "the likes of") Ian Crook, Wes Hoolahan and Grant Holt.. I'd be interested to hear your views on that, TrevorK.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 4, 2016

  • NR had a terrific 2nd half. Sadly he had already given a goal away in the 1st 30 seconds which cost us the match. I trust that AN made him explain to his team mates why he decided to stop running with his full back who 5 seconds later stuck the ball in the net. NR has cost us too many points this season with his refusal to do the dirty work. If he wants to kick on to the next level he’s going to need to add tackling to his game.

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    baguio

    Friday, March 4, 2016

  • Spending his 23rd birthday in the championship

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    Norwich

    Friday, March 4, 2016

  • Is that clear?

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    johnty

    Friday, March 4, 2016

  • Problem being after the Chelsea fiasco Costa clearly miles offside useless officials or just corrupt take your pick. Im really hoping Tettey is not out for remaining fixtures hes such an important part of the city team. ONeil for me on the pitch is like his driving hundred miles an hour now hes crashed...im more concerned for Brady. Swansea defeating Arsenal must put them on a high and frankly if Norwich can rally to get anything from this match it will be a miracle.

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    johnty

    Friday, March 4, 2016

  • All we ask Nathan is that you continue as you finished on Tuesday night, three excellent shots, one goal, good by any strikers standards. Likewise, do not be afraid to take the full back on, you have pace to burn. A shame some in the crowd groan when things do not go perfectly but I for one would rather see you try something positive rather than turning in field then laying back to players with less ability.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • Brew don't start me of , the biggest mistake AN has made in offloading GH He and KL wereare another option ,but alas sir knows best

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    iMac

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • I hope we will win, 61can. I wish I was as certain as you. Ignorance must be bliss. Do you sell on your surplus? I'll keep my inner thoughts to myself. Or invisable, if A'm ible too. Regards; 48cinirai. PS - perhaps Laffers is the Inadvisable Man?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • Jimhow, do you know something about Lafferty that we don't as he's been the invisable man this season. Either he has not impressed in training or he has fallen out with A.N. Either way, I would be amazed to see him playing Saturday. If he is back in the reckoning, and fit then I will be very happy to see him play and SCORE. We will win with or without him.

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    61canarie

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • We might've started with Hooper, but...

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • Yes, make that 3-0, as he was unlucky with an effort against Leicester and a couple of others were very close to being on target. Just hope AN doesn't start with CJ, as he's getting as bad as Grabban for missing relatively easy chances to score.

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    Mr Ed

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • I'll back you up on the Remond call 'Jimhow', best I've seen him play since he's been with us. That's 2-0 in favour of Mr Redmond.

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    Lobbo

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • Redmond has played very well lately, im sure some will disagree but without him and Wes we create nothing. Go for same set up Saturday, Klose looks a far better LCB than RCB, Brady and Pinto are no use in a back 4 but very good wingbacks. Oneil for Tettey as expected to be out injured. Lafferty for 1st 45mins then Bamford for 2nd half.

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    Jimhow

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

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