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Redmond back in the groove

Posted: Wed 13 Mar 2013

Nathan Redmond celebrates his goal against Derby County

Image by: Roy Smiljanic

Nathan Redmond feels that he is starting to replicate the form that saw him win the club’s Young Player of the Season trophy last year.

By his own admission, the 19-year-old’s performances haven’t been as consistent this season, and consequently he has not started as many games as he would have liked.

But he showed his undoubted talent as the weekend against Derby as he came on at the start of the second half and scored a fine goal to help Blues to a 3-1 win against The Rams. 

“The manager just told me to get at them and be natural and free-flowing on the ball, and Saturday was one of the first games where I felt I was back to last year,” said the England U19 international.

“I’m not trying to dwell on last year but my performances were quite good. I think I’ve done well in the last couple of games and I feel like I’m coming back into form.

“I’ve needed to be patient but in the long run it will help me and I’ll learn from it. I’m always a little bit frustrated because all I want to do is play football. I’m a young kid in my own city playing for my hometown club and I just want to play football for Birmingham City.”

The winger’s excellent 75th minute finish against Derby was his first goal of the season.

“I knew it was going in,” he said when asked about the finish. “I can strike a decent ball with my left or right foot and I do that every day in training. Just doing it in games will make me more mature as a player and become established.”

Blues' other two goals against The Rams were scored by Wes Thomas. The Bournemouth loanee also netted his first goals for the club since his move to St. Andrew’s at the end of January. Redmond was full of praise for his brace.

“Wes did excellently for the two goals,” he added. “His work rate and determination is something I’ve rarely seen. I’ve got good determination myself to get to the ball but because he’s so quick I think he’s a bit awkward for defenders to deal with and you never know what he’s going to do.
“For the first goal I didn’t even think he could get a strike in and where was he going? His hold-up play was excellent and the two finishes topped it off.”