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Redmond - The nucleus is there

Posted: Tue 23 Apr 2013

Nathan Redmond in action against Leeds

Image by: PA Photos

Nathan Redmond believes that Blues' performances since the turn of the year bode well for next season's Championship campaign.

Saturday's 1-0 win against Leeds United moved Lee Clark's side up to tenth place in the league, just six points off a play-off spot, with two games of the season remaining.

Redmond admits that Blues' upturn has come just that little bit too late.

"The gaffer (Lee Clark) said that if we’d beaten Wolves we’d still have a shot at the play-offs," said Redmond.
“If we’d stuck nice and solid and performed as we have in recent weeks we could be right in the mix with the likes of Leicester and Hull. We’re a bit disappointed that happened but we’re safe now. We’ve had a great second half to the season and we can look forward to the next two games and getting maximum points.”

Asked about the upturn Redmond continued: “I think it’s just the belief between the experienced lads and the young lads. There’s such a good mix in a group. I was one of the only young lads in the squad last season.

“Now that there are a lot more young lads and stuff we’re all on the same wavelength of playing and we’ve got that energy to help out some of the more experienced players. It really does make a difference.

“We take the pressure off the back when we press from the front and it shows when the keeper pings it out of play or if the midfielders are just having loose touches and stuff so we are playing quite well and we just need to maintain that high standard.”

As well as the likes of himself, Mitch Hancox and Callum Reilly, Redmond feels there are more youngsters in the Blues Academy that are still to make the step-up into the first team.

“If you see some of the young lads we’ve got now, with the likes of Koby coming through, the nucleus is there,” he said.

“There are so many young lads there that will be able to step up next year, plus the likes of Callum and Mitch will be ready for next season because they have both played nearly 20 games between them.

“However it pans out I think we’ll be strong and this second half of the season just shows that we should be up there with some of the best teams. The first half of the season let us down but we can’t dwell on that, we just need to look forward.
“Once the games are done they’re done. We can only look forward now to getting six points from two games.”