Nathan Redmond admits Norwich City boss Alex Neil was right to drop him
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Nathan Redmond believes he is doing all that has been asked of him in his pursuit of reclaiming a place in Norwich City's starting line-up.
The speedy winger admits his early-season standards had slipped and led to Canaries boss Alex Neil dropping him to the substitutes' bench for City's last two matches.
He emerged from it to score the equaliser in a 2-2 draw at West Ham and played a big part in a late, eventually unsuccessful, onslaught in Saturday's 2-1 home loss to Leicester.
'I was just doing what I was good at,' Redmond said of his energetic efforts as a 50th-minute substitute against the Foxes.
'I wasn't playing well, I didn't have the effect against Bournemouth (a 3-1 home win) and Liverpool (a 1-1 away draw) as I was in the few games before that and the gaffer let me know that. He dropped me for two games and the two games I had an impact so first things first, you put the team first, and that's what I did.'
Redmond – who will be on England Under-21 duty during the international break – said Neil made it clear he still had an important role to play however.
'As a player you are always disappointed not to start, so whatever he was saying at the time, it wasn't really doing me any justice because I just wanted to play,' he continued.
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'But at the end of the day I've just got to be ready, and that's what he said, he said 'you could pop up and score the winner'.'
He very nearly scored a late equaliser against the Foxes, forcing an excellent save from Kasper Schmeichel and seeing a shot deflected behind in injury-time.
'I hit it well and once it took a deflection it could have gone anywhere,' Redmond added. 'But it went over. I thought it could have been a good chance to nick a point but we just got to that point in the game where you just go gung ho and throw everything at it.'