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'I'M GAINING VITAL EXPERIENCE'

PUBLISHED

10:00 29th November 2013

by Norwich City Football Club

Winger speaks ahead of visit of Crystal Palace

NATHAN Redmond says his early experiences of playing in the Premier League will hold him in good stead in the long term – but for now his attentions are on Saturday’s meeting with Crystal Palace.

The 19-year-old, a summer signing from Championship side Birmingham City, has featured in 10 of the Canaries’ 12 top flight matches so far this campaign and is hopeful his team can use their home advantage to good effect this weekend

“We’re just out there to go and perform at home in front of a sell-out crowd as it usually is at Carrow Road,” said Redmond when addressing the media at the pre-match press conference on Thursday afternoon.

“There’s no easy game in the Premier League as you know, and it is a tough league so I think this game will be as hard as any other game but if we stick together and grind out a result then that will be good for us.”

On his own form, the winger added: “I had a good run of five or six games starting and then I came out of the team and I’ve been used mainly as an impact player. I think it’s all been vital for my development.

“This is my first season in the Premier League coming from the Championship and I’ve always said that I know I’m not going to be in the side throughout the whole season, so it’s just about my own progress as a young player.”

“When I came here I knew I had to fight for my place and I had to give a good account of myself.”

Performances at Carrow Road have been generally encouraging for the Canaries, while away from home they’ve struggled – and that’s something Redmond’s determined to put right.

“I think it’s a consistency thing at the moment. I think we get a win and then we’ll be a bit rocky away from home,” he said.

“At Carrow Road we’ve been quite strong, it’s just away from home we just need to be a bit more solid. As I’ve said before, there’s no easy game in the Premier League.”