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Palmer caps off ‘best week’ of his life

Kasey Palmer scored and assisted as the Robins beat Birmingham City 3-0, in the week he welcomed his second son into the world.

Palmer opened the scoring at St Andrew’s Stadium with his celebration a nod to the birth of Zayn, the newest edition to the Palmer household!

Antoine Semenyo’s ricochet off goalkeeper Neil Etheridge’s clearance doubled City’s lead, while Calum O’Dowda scored City’s third goal of the day within a minute of coming off the bench.

Watch: Palmer's reaction.📺👇🏻

 

What a week!

“It’s been the best week of my life I would say, bringing another little boy into the world,” Palmer told Robins TV. “Both him and his mum Shannon are healthy so to top it off with a goal, an assist and three points, I couldn’t ask for much more.

“There won’t be much celebrating or much sleep but maybe some cuddles and kisses so I can’t wait to get home!”

He added: “We worked hard and we knew Birmingham would work hard and they can be very direct. We knew if we could work harder than them we’d have a chance because we have the players to create and score goals, so the gameplan worked.”

Calm finish

Palmer’s goal came on the counter-attack as he pressed his opponent to win the ball back before a direct run at goal and a calm finish low beyond Etheridge to gift City a half-time lead – his fourth Robins goal of the campaign.

He explained: “I thought I’d try to nick it, I pressed and got my toe to it. I was breaking away and I thought I had too much time! I could hear Nahki shouting ‘composure, stay calm’ and as I took another touch the defender was coming but I took it well in the end, so I was happy to score.”

Semenyo's groundhog day

He was also happy to see his teammate Semenyo add to the scores, bizarrely in similar circumstances to his goal against Swansea City a fortnight ago.

Palmer said: “He deserves it for how he’s played in his first proper season with City. He’s getting game time, he deserves it and he’s shown how good he is on the ball, one-v-one, he’s direct, skilful, powerful and he has everything. He deserves it for his hard work.”

Palmer celebrates his goal with Nahki Wells

Clean sheet

This was also City’s first clean sheet since January and Palmer was full of praise for the defensive element to the Robins’ game on Saturday.

“The defender’s deserved that. We gave them three goals to protect and they kept the clean sheet. We’re going to get the plaudits for scoring and assisting but they kept the clean sheet and we know in the dressing room how much they’ve done to help the win today.”

Blackburn Rovers up next

City are back in action at Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday, March 17th (KO 7.45pm) live on Robins TV.

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