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16 May 2015

Winger on target as Canaries reach Wembley

NATHAN Redmond expressed his delight at helping fire Norwich City into the Sky Bet Championship play-off final with a historic 3-1 win over Ipswich Town at Carrow Road on Saturday.

The winger's goalbound shot early in the second half was blocked by the hand of Christophe Berra, resulting in a red card for the Town defender ahead of Wes Hoolahan stroking home from twelve yards.

Although the visitors levelled soon after, Redmond quickly restored the Canaries' advantage with a fierce strike, and after the match told Norwich City TV: "I’ve always said I like assisting goals, but scoring a goal like that in a derby against Ipswich is something special.

"I've played in four derbies this year, and this one was by far the best. It was a very good atmosphere, which made it a good day for the fans.

"It’s been a long season with ups and downs, so this is a good feeling. We know if we get the ball down and play not many teams can stop us, so that's what we wanted to do.

"To get to Wembley is a great achievement for the Club."

City's victory over their East Anglian rivals set up a first appearance at England's showpiece stadium for 30 years, when Ken Brown's side lifted the 1985 Milk Cup by beating Sunderland.

However, Redmond remained focused on the challenge of facing fellow finalists Middlesbrough, commenting: "It's going to be a good day out, but we know we've got to give our all for one more game.

"The goal at the start of the season was to get back to the Premier League. Now we have to win our next game to get there.

"It will be a great day, which we'll enjoy, but at the same time we’ve got a job on our hands."

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