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21 August 2015

Canaries winger pleased with recent goal haul

NATHAN Redmond insists Norwich City will not rest on their laurels when they host Stoke City in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday (3pm).

A dominant performance brought a deserved 3-1 victory at the Stadium of Light last time out, but the 21-year-old knows City will have to maintain such standards in order to be successful against Mark Hughes' side.

Redmond, who has scored in each of the Canaries' last four competitive outings, told the media at Colney Training Centre on Friday morning: "We put the Sunderland game to bed on Monday and started working towards Stoke.

"I've got faith our squad can cause them damage, because we've got a desire to go out and win games. The lads have bought into what the gaffer wants, which is for us to express ourselves.

"That's benefited me personally, because I always said I wanted to score more goals. I expect a lot of myself, so adding goals to my game was - and still is - one of my main priorities.

"I've improved a lot over the last two years but know I have to keep working hard in order to progress."

The winger is better acquainted with one member of the Potters squad than most, having a long-held friendship with goalkeeper Jack Butland from their time at Birmingham City.

Redmond is relishing the possibility of an on-pitch reunion, as he explained: "We're both really excited at the prospect of potentially starting against each other this weekend.

"Jack is one of my best friends, both inside and outside of football, and we talk pretty regularly. I'm delighted he's got the number one shirt because he's had plenty of loan moves.

"He's a fantastic goalkeeper, which everyone could see when he first played. We came through the Academy at Birmingham together, so we go back a long way.

"When we were 13 or 14 we would watch Match of the Day together in digs. It's nice we've both managed to get this far."

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