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24 January 2015

Winger looks to move past disappointment

NATHAN Redmond stressed a need to move on quickly following Norwich City's 2-1 defeat to Brentford at Carrow Road on Saturday.

A Canaries victory would have taken them into the play-off positions at the expense of the visitors, but a 71st minute Alex Pritchard penalty proved enough for Mark Warburton's side to take all three points.

Redmond himself had brought City level in the first half following Jota's opener for the travelling Bees, and after the game he told Norwich City TV: "It feels like a big blow to us, but at the same time you have to realise there are a lot of games left in the Championship.

"A lot of teams have had slip-ups, or are going to slip-up at some point. It’s just a little speed-bump, so to speak, but it’s definitely a blow.

"We felt like we should have taken the chance to climb up the table, but now we have to look towards the next game and pick up points there. All we can do is look forward."

The hosts made one change from the side which defeated Cardiff last weekend, with Steven Whittaker pressed into a relatively unfamiliar central midfield role in place of Gary O'Neil after the latter suffered an injury late in the week.

However, the 20-year-old winger refused to offer excuses for the result, commenting: "We started off pretty poorly; we didn’t start off at as high a tempo as we usually do.

"As the game went on we gradually got better, but it set the tempo. There are a lot of factors that play a part, and if you're playing out of position it's a hard task, so you're asking a lot of him [Whittaker] to go in there and do the same thing Alex Tettey and Jonny Howson would do.

"We all want the same thing though, and all want to work hard for each other. The only thing I can say is it's football; some games we’re going to be unstoppable, and some games we’re not going to be so good and we have to out-work teams.

"Today, I just don’t think we did enough."
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