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Shackles are off Norwich City midfielder Nathan Redmond ahead of Premier League run-in

06:30 19 February 2016

Nathan Redmond was heavily involved in Norwich City

Nathan Redmond was heavily involved in Norwich City's second goal in the 2-2 Premier League draw against West Ham. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Alex Neil is ready to take the shackles off Nathan Redmond to spark Norwich City’s push for Premier League survival.

Redmond is still the club’s joint top scorer in the league this season, with four goals, but last found the net in the 6-2 defeat at Newcastle on October 18.

The 21-year-old’s clever back heel sparked the move that led to Norwich’s second goal in last weekend’s 2-2 draw against West Ham, and Neil wants to see more of that quality where it counts on the run-in.

“I think it was a symptom of the fact during the bad run we have focused on what we do without the ball and trying to keep clean sheets so maybe we are asking Nathan to do something that is not his strength, by dropping him into a deeper area and asking him to break from there,” said Neil.

“I think for me his strength and quality is when he is further up the pitch. We have to try and give him that licence with the way we shape up the team.”

Redmond was a key figure in Norwich’s successful Championship promotion push 12 months ago and Neil insists his squad can draw on that experience to handle the pressure.

“It is not too dissimilar from being at the top end of the table, because every game seems bigger than the last one,” he said.

“Perhaps the only difference is the confidence of the players is more fragile because you are not winning as often. When you are challenging for promotion what happens is when you win the next one is the most important because you need three points to keep your charge going.

“The mentality is probably a bit different but the process remains the same.

“We are confident in what we are striving to do and you could see that in our approach (against West Ham) and the way we tried to attack it.”

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30 comments

  • Lazy player who thinks defending is beneath him. He needs to watch some of the games that Ruel played in to see what a complete winger is all about. The UEFA cup run would be a good place to start!

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    baguio

    Saturday, February 20, 2016

  • Much as we all know Grant us a loveable chap who loves Norwich he shouldnt be the topic of conversation at this point.What about the new signings ?Surely archant you cant be so regressed in your thinking. I would like a discussion about Patrick Bamford for example

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    johnty

    Friday, February 19, 2016

  • Shackles at Derby City. Ask BJ.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Friday, February 19, 2016

  • Redmond needs to keep it simple.Get in crosses for the forwards, especially on Mbokani's head, and when you shoot,shoot low.

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    Peter Watson

    Friday, February 19, 2016

  • Lincs: there will be no Dithergate II cos Alex Neil will still be our manager next season. Come what may. Parachute payments are good for a business, a learned friend tells me. So who needs the PL ?(except us fans, but we're all on the periphery after all). And if I'm wrong I'll buy Tommy and Brewer a romantic meal for two at any pub of their choice next Valentine's Day. As long as I'm not present while they enjoy it:-)

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    el dingo

    Friday, February 19, 2016

  • Michigan: the headlines are nearly always too wordy and often don't relate to the bones of the article below them. Anything even gently negative is rarely written, apart from Melissa Rudd's excellent, well-balanced and objective opinion piece after the WHU game, which was so refreshingly honest that about 20 of us bothered to come on here and applaud her for it. Back to the headlines, the words relish, rue and insist are invariably ever-present. It's obviously Archant House Style (that's my euphemism) and we must learn to live with it. Archant have no competition so can do as they please. And it pleases them to back the hierarchy of the Club through thick and thin - which I guess all us fans do as well, albeit in a different way, ie we support the guys on the pitch. We're not done yet. Not quite yet, anyway.

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    el dingo

    Friday, February 19, 2016

  • Unwittingly AN's comments hit the crux of our problems: namely that we are now near the end of February yet he is still chopping and changing his systems and personnel. In other words he continues to experiment which doesn't help establish any continuity on the pitch. I suspect having different tactics and positions week in week out leaves the players confused and from that stems indecision and the resulting consequences which are all too frequent and painful to watch. As regards Redmond I am disappointed because he came here full of potential. But that hasn't been realised.

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    malaga flier

    Friday, February 19, 2016

  • I bet after reading this, our opposition are quaking in their boots. What a stupid headline. If anyone is knowingly being made to play at a sub par level, then we have really lost it.

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    MichiganCanary

    Friday, February 19, 2016

  • I posted 10 days ago that Nathan should be un-shackled. I just wonder if the Archant journo's read these comments and make a list of suitable questions to pass off as their own? Maybe all along, the player interviews stem from the moderate questions asked on these forums? OTBC INIT

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    nevermindthedanger

    Friday, February 19, 2016

  • Fine but whoever plays right back has to hold their position. That's the problem that has to be resolved. We don't need an attacking right back if Redmond cuts loose, we need a proper defensive one.

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    Surrey Canary

    Friday, February 19, 2016

  • With 12 games left AN has worked out Redmond's strengths and will set up the team accordingly. Good. And does "during the bad run" imply it has ended? Four wins and four draws would bring 40 points. Wins look more achievable in April but we could do without waiting that long. How patient is the board - defeat at Swansea the last straw? Or does dithergate2 beckon?

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    Lincs Canary

    Friday, February 19, 2016

  • Fed up with the lack of shooting. City continually try to walk the ball into the net which usually ends in losing the ball and giving the defence time to crowd the penalty area. They should shoot on sight of the goal as soon as they are in the penalty area. No wonder the top scorer has 4 goals. Pathetic.

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    goldie

    Friday, February 19, 2016

  • Fed up with the lack of shooting. City continually try to walk the ball into the net which usually ends in losing the ball and giving the defence time to crowd the penalty area. They should shoot on sight of the goal as soon as they are in the penalty area. No wonder the top scorer has 4 goals. Pathetic.

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    goldie

    Friday, February 19, 2016

  • Can we take the handcuffs off Ruddy and Rudd next

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    Crippen

    Friday, February 19, 2016

  • Frankly Redmond has not progressed. He came here full of potential but has stagnated. I agree with the comments below. AN's comments unwittingly highlight the crux of the problem: it is mid-February and we are still changing our systems, player positions and responsibilities. Call it by any other name but in essence we are still experimenting. Without any well-rehearsed and ingrained system of play we keep sending players out in different positions with different instructions. From that comes confusion, indecision, hesitation, leading to the kind of loss of discipline we see so often in our defence. I am not exonerating our players but we have to face the fact that we have a squad of overall relatively limited quality who are best utilised in a system that they know and understand implicitly.

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    malaga flier

    Friday, February 19, 2016

  • You are right Swiss whittaker is one such player I pray he gets moved on now weve signed hooefully real Full Backs no point living in the past and anyway Ryan Bennett is good enough its just the whole club has to wake up to the pacevif premiership. Not a good pic of Redmond clinging on and I keep saying city need to upgrade with a sharper leader Martin has had his day that is if the intention is to stay up. Naismith should be choice with his club experience. Like others Im wondering when Bamford will be given the shout.Come on Alex wake up and stop picking Dorrans

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    johnty

    Friday, February 19, 2016

  • Whatever strategy you play, keeping a tight organisation in defence is essential. Everyone is be looking at Leicester's strategy and trying to defeat it, and I would not count the getting players sent off approach. This does not seem a game in which we should be relying on attacking fullbacks that leave gaps behind them, but what do I know, I can't even win my Fantasy Football League.

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    Swiss Canary

    Friday, February 19, 2016

  • That comment wasn't aimed at you, Gibbo! A PS to the one before. Bring back Jason Shackell!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 19, 2016

  • ...Unhinged??

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 19, 2016

  • Agree with most of the comments on here, the young Nate is a most frustrating player to watch, he wanders all over the field trying to be a play maker al a Wes but not really having the nous a bit like youngsters who follow the ball leaving a huge gap on the field where he should be so to unshackle him is wrong as he has been a loose cannon all season We all know he has the speed and ability to beat most full backs, which he occasionally does, get to the by line to cross into the penalty area, perhaps he should be shackled into that position !!!

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    Gibbo

    Friday, February 19, 2016

  • Agree with 61canarie. Since when has Nates been shackled? Except all too easily by opposing defenders... Of Young Paddy I ask; does having the "shackles off" equate to being "unleashed"? Why is the likes of Wessi merely leashed, while Nates is shackled? I'm at the end of my tether worrying about it. I don't quite understand cutty's comment. Is the "yellow sycophant", currently whooping it up in Abu Dhabi, that Mr. Canary child who prances about on match days, in a costume made from a big yellow dust buster? I suppose he is neither unleashed nor unshackled. Uncaged?

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 19, 2016

  • Top scorer with four goals OMG time to wake up the whole team.Have to agree mr neil has to wise up and put out his most creative forwards stop playing Brady at the back and put Bamford on to see if he can handle the pace. Slight difference in temperature between UK and Abu Dhabi still they must work work work !!!

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    johnty

    Friday, February 19, 2016

  • …..At last a glimmer of hope!….Has Axle realised that the reason a player is a pro' footballer is because he has some sk.i.ll at playing the game with the ball at his feet?…. He must be allowed to do what he does best without a ball and chain attached to his ankle!….The better players 'forwards' are not those who are instructed to back out of a situation, and obey orders without question!….they are those that take the game to the opposition and use their abilities to put a defence in trouble!….Sorry to say that our manager and his aides have been giving too many of the wrong signals..as Chrissy did!... Yes we have looked good up to a point..but in that last third of the pitch we have constantly backed off, instead of trying our luck going forwards!….Huckerby must be tearing his hair out!….Mr Neil has been told time and again in these columns….Perhaps now he has seen the light!…..

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, February 19, 2016

  • Maybe the young yellow sycophant can enlighten us together with his trademark hieroglyphics?

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    cutty

    Friday, February 19, 2016

  • Maybe AN has now seen Nathan strutting and stepping in the AMPM nightclub in ole Abu Dhabi and realizes what a slick mover he really is.

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    cutty

    Friday, February 19, 2016

  • Agree with 61canarie he has had his opportunities all season so not sure why now another empty statement from AN is going to make any difference. If you got points this season for interviews and big sentiments Norwich would be right up there ! All talk which goes out of the window once the 11 selected cross the white line. Not sure where the points are coming from in the next couple of games Leicester & Chelsea.

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    city meister

    Friday, February 19, 2016

  • He's hardly been restricted, he needs to put more into his game than he does. His early promise seems to have evaporated, his ability to run at the defence and threaten is now rarely seen.

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    Sanjeev

    Friday, February 19, 2016

  • What I understand is that we have not been set up right and therefore have been asking players to operate out of position. On another note, I have been saying that we need to harden-up in defence and be more far physical and imposing - a la Duncan Forbes & Dave Stringer. It frustrated me when we were TWICE torn apart by Spurs this season because we failed to impose ourselves on them. However, it is great to see this morning that Dele Alli imploded when Fiorentina did exactly this to him last night. They got into him and he simply went into his shell and was frustrated out of the game. Why oh-why could we not do this to a 19 year old kid ? It is plain and obvious we have to man-up and be far more physical at the back !!

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, February 19, 2016

  • Don't understand the statement "the shackles are off Nathan Redmond". He has been in acres of space all season with great opportunities to cause some damage and set up the forwards, yet he has continually wasted these chances with bad choices. Where have the shackles been applied.

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    61canarie

    Friday, February 19, 2016

  • Interesting comments - the final sentence especially. From the distance I am, it seems that is the defensive approach that has gone. Are we defending from the front and when will we change our DNA and play the players in their positions. We hear about what is happening in training and how this influences AN's team selection, sorry but for me it is what is happening on match days that is of more importance as an influence on team selection. OTBC

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    Jakarta Canary

    Friday, February 19, 2016

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