Nathan Redmond remaining calm about early-season hype ahead of Norwich City’s clash with Stoke
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Winning convincingly at Sunderland may have earned Norwich City plenty of praise but Nathan Redmond is not getting carried away with the success.
The winger played a key role in City's 3-1 victory at the Stadium of Light, scoring his second goal of the season having reclaimed a place in Alex Neil's starting line-up.
That win has raised hopes of a successful season amongst the Canaries faithful but the 21-year-old is aware it was very much the first positive step in a long season – ahead of this Saturday's clash with Stoke City at Carrow Road.
'Every game is a tough game, we've got to play every team twice so it doesn't matter when they come, you've just got to be ready for it,' Redmond said.
'We'll put the Sunderland game to bed and we'll study Stoke and look to that game on Saturday.
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'We just want to try and continue the momentum but you have to understand that each game is different, each team is different and it's a different task, so we've got to be ready for it.'
The England Under-21 international is confident however that City are capable of producing more of the impressive football that left the Black Cats feeling shell-shocked at the weekend.
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'We know what we're capable of, we're a good passing side, I think we showed that last year,' he continued.
'The goal that I scored in the play-off final (against Middlesbrough) was something like 17 passes before the goal.
'If that was Barcelona or whatnot, maybe the whole world is talking about it, but because it's Norwich City it wasn't really talked about.
'But as I say, we know what we're capable of, we've got players who can pass the ball and move, and we've got players that can get in behind and be direct as well.
'So we know what we can do and we work hard for each other as well.'
The skilful wideman was even asked about the potential for him to be called up to the England senior squad in the aftermath of the Sunderland game – but proved he was not getting ahead of himself with his answer.
'I just want to focus on my football and learn each day,' Redmond replied when asked if full international recognition could be possible this season.
'As long as I'm putting the results in on the pitch, as my mum would always say, if you work hard in training and in the games, the rest will take care of itself.
'Over the years the media say about the under-21s especially, being the next ones through, that there are not many playing in the Premier League or the Championship, so I consider myself grateful to be in and around it and playing.'
Just to prove how firmly his feet are planted on the floor as well, Redmond highlighted his frustration at City conceding a late goal from Duncan Watmore at Sunderland.
'Bit disappointed to have conceded a goal, especially for John (Ruddy) and the back four, we should have kept a clean sheet,' the former Birmingham City youngster said.
'I know we took the attacking players off towards the end but I thought we should have scored four goals. So a bit disappointed with that but we got a win, which is always tough on the road in the Premier League.'