Gary O’Neil aims for Norwich City to maintain their recent high standards

Gary ONeil has his sights set on improving Norwich City's home form once again. Picture by Paul Ches

Gary ONeil has his sights set on improving Norwich City's home form once again. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City's form at Carrow Road has made big strides since November – but they are still playing catch-up come today's visit from Brentford.

City's home record is now ninth best in the Championship, which is some improvement on where it would have stood two months ago.

'We've drawn against teams here that were down the bottom as well,' said City midfielder Gary O'Neil. 'We drew with Rotherham, we drew with Birmingham, teams like that. So we need to make sure that we win the games we should win.

'It could be crucial. Obviously our home form needs to be spot on and we just need to keep winning games.

'The last two wins have been massive for us. Bournemouth where we went down to 10 men, we could easily have rolled over and everyone would have said, 'Oh they were unlucky, they went down to 10 and it wasn't a bad performance' – but we managed to dig out three points.

'And against Cardiff, the last half hour, backs to the wall a bit and we managed to dig in again. We just need to make sure we keep this going.'

Talk of the possibility of a Premier League return for City has been tempered in recent weeks. But for O'Neil, 31, it's his big driver.

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'I'm here next season as well, so to get another season in the Premier League would be massive for me and the club, so everyone's striving toward that end goal,' added O'Neil.

'But there are still another 20 hurdles in the way and we probably need to win a good fair few of them. We've left ourselves a little bit to do and we need to be bang on it now.

'We are behind where we wanted to be. The goal at the start was to be up in the top two all season. We had a bad run October-time and it went on a little too long and dropped off the pace. But we've picked back up again.

'It's important not to get sucked into looking at what's going on too much above and around you. If we beat everyone that comes up in front of us, we'll be right there.'

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