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27 February 2014

Danny Redmond on time flying when you're having fun

Wigan midfielder Danny Redmond joined the ranks at Brunton Park ahead of the Gillingham home game at the beginning of February and has since cemented a starting place in the Blues’ engine room, having been given the nod for three of his four appearances so far.

We caught up with him ahead of the training session on Wednesday morning to get his thoughts on what is turning out to be a successful loan move.

“I’m delighted with the fact I’ve been starting,” he said. “Hopefully I’ve made a good impression with the gaffer and I can hold the place down.

“I’ve obviously heard some of the stuff that’s been said after our games and it does give you confidence. You just want to keep improving and get better and better as you go along.

“I think you can tell when you’re playing well. You get comments from the fans on Twitter, and stuff like that, and it gives you a massive boost. I feel confident going into the games because of it and I just hope it continues.

“The fans have been superb so far. They’ve helped me settle and it’s been a big part of the move for me. It makes it all very enjoyable.”

And the mobile play maker was involved in both goals in the 2-1 away victory at Coventry recently, but he singled out particular praise for away day room mate Sam Byrne, who bagged his first ever career goal to secure all three points for the Cumbrians that night.

“It was different class to see him score that goal,” he admitted. “We room together at the moment and he is a really good lad, so I was made up for him. I’m really glad he finished it off. It was good to see.

“When Lee [Miller] did the back heel for the equaliser I have to admit that my first thought was to have a shot myself. I was closed down really quickly but luckily I got a shout from Nobsa [Liam Noble] on my left hand side. I decided to play him in and he slotted it away.

“That was a good result and it showed how well we can play. It’s been a bit frustrating with the way things went on Saturday. The lads worked really hard so it was horrible to lose in the way we did with almost the last kick of the game. It was disheartening but we’ve got to pick ourselves up and make sure we go into the game against Brentford in the right frame of mind.”

“It does take it out of you when you concede like that,” he said. “It ruins the whole week because you know you’ve put the effort in. Having said that, we’ve made sure training has been bright so that we go into Saturday looking to bring ourselves back. 

“The Brentford game is a big one and we want the result. They’re flying at the top but they got beat last weekend and we want to get back to our own run of good form.”

And on the spirit in the dressing room, he said: “We have a lot of experience in there and the lads have been a big help. They come in and talk to you all the time and that gives you the confidence you need, because you know they want you to be part of it. I’m not really worried about anything out on the pitch because they know what I’m about and what I can do.”

“These first few weeks have gone really quickly,” he agreed. “I think that’s because I’m enjoying it so much.

“I’d definitely want to stay beyond the first month if that was what the clubs agreed. I love playing first team football every week. There’s just nothing better for a player. I’ll keep going and playing, when I’m asked to, and we’ll see where it goes from there.”

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