Shoot-on-sight policy bearing fruit for Norwich City’s top goalscorer Nathan Redmond
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Norwich City's joint-top scorer in the Premier League Nathan Redmond aims to keep firing on Alex Neil's orders.
Redmond rifled his third in seven league games this season with a thumping finish in the 2-2 top-flight draw at West Ham, to draw level with captain Russell Martin in the goalscoring stakes.
The 21-year-old has enjoyed a productive spell in front of goal since Neil's arrival.
'The gaffer has told me to relax in front of goal,' said Redmond. 'I am the last person at the training ground every day, whether it is working on my finishing or my left foot just to try to improve.
'I know what I am good at and not so good at, which is mainly my left foot, so that is one area I focus on and I always top up repetitions on my right. Anything I can do to improve.
'I always said I wanted to score more goals. Getting involved in the play was not the issue, it was the end product. When I first came here I was known as someone coming through, but I was still only 18 or 19.
'I expected a lot of myself then and still do but to look back and see how much I have improved in the two years is really pleasing.
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'It is down to a series of things. It has always been my ethos to practise hard, to listen and learn. Mentally I feel good this year, really, really focused.'
Redmond has the freedom to cause havoc in attacking areas under Neil.
'When I do pick the ball up I have the freedom to create, the same for Wes (Hoolahan) and Jonny Howson. You love hearing that from a manager,' he said.
'We know when we haven't got the ball we have to work hard for each other. I have had about seven managers now in my career and he is probably one of the best in terms of his attention to detail.
'He is firm but fair and gives everyone a chance and that is all you can ask.'