The City pair who predicted a riot – then went and started one
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Wembley and Nathan Redmond, with a dash of Wes Hoolahan – it was a mouthwatering prospect before events at Wembley unfolded, and a joyous spectacle for every Norwich City fan while it did.
Twitter @michaeljbaileyIt even registered with the men themselves, when they took that little preparation trip down to the home of football seven days before the real deal.
'We came here during the week, didn't we – and we said about the big pitch,' said Redmond. 'Me and Wes were talking to each other, and said we could run riot here if we get the ball down and move it quickly.
'The space opened up early on, which I was a bit surprised about. Having watched a couple of the other play-off games, I didn't think the space would open up so soon.
'But we moved the ball well from side to side, and there was the chance to get into the pockets of space and get players turned.'
Which was exactly how it panned out – including a wonderful, flowing move finished by the man himself to make it two goals in three minutes, 2-0 after 15, and deliver a blow Middlesbrough never convinced they could recover from.
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'I heard that it was one of the great City goals – and it's a credit to the boys,' added Redmond. 'We've got players that can pass and move, and it's just great for us to be recognised as one of the best passing teams in the league this year, and on a fantastic pitch like that – it was easy for us. And after we scored, everyone celebrated together. This is definitely up there with the best moments in my career. And to do it with the nicest bunch of lads I've every worked with, it's something special.'
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