Bristol City midfielder Gary O’Neil desperate for the points against old club Norwich City

Gary O'Neil is battling to beat the drop at Bristol City. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Gary O'Neil is battling to beat the drop at Bristol City. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City old boy Gary O'Neil admits it would be a 'disaster' if Bristol City slipped out of the Championship.

The veteran midfielder rejected the chance of a fresh Carrow Road deal last summer to join what he thought was a promotion-hunting Robins outfit.

O'Neil's latest club slipped into the bottom three after a goalless stalemate against Burton at the weekend that turns up the heat ahead of Tuesday's reunion against his former team.

'We are just desperate to avoid relegation. That would be a disaster,' he said. 'It would still be a bad season (to finish fourth bottom), from the start, but from where we are now, fourth bottom would be good enough.'

Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson is under intense pressure after overseeing a run of just one league win since December 4.


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Johnson has been barracked by sections of the Robins' home support but the 35-year-old is adamant he can lead the club to safety.

'There is still a long way to go - nothing is anywhere near decided yet,' he said. 'We have to make sure we stay in the league. Then that gives us a chance next season to make up for what's happened this season. It doesn't change anything for me. I continue to work hard and keep going. There have been so many times when good management has put us in a position to win games this season and we have not done so.

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'We're in the bottom three now, which is disappointing, but we still have 11 games to go and we can get out of it. There are still games against Wigan and Blackburn to come and those give us an opportunity.'

Johnson is well aware the Canaries will be smarting from their 5-1 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday but saw plenty of positives from a hard fought draw against Burton.

'Norwich could be a dangerous, wounded animal, but it's about what we do really,' he said. 'Norwich are a big club that has come down from the Premier League and were expected to go straight back up. We just want this result so much for everyone, to make us all feel better.

'The positives were that we played the game like a cup final and gave it everything. We could have won that game twice over to be honest. We had a perfectly good goal ruled out.'

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