Gary O’Neil hopes Norwich City’s big advantage starts paying off come the relentless Championship run-in

Gary ONeil has high hopes for Norwich City once the current international break finishes. Picture by

Gary ONeil has high hopes for Norwich City once the current international break finishes. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

The break is an inconvenience for Norwich City says Gary O'Neil, but they have an advantage as the Championship promotion race hits top gear over Easter.

The break is an inconvenience for Norwich City says Gary O'Neil, but they have an advantage as the Championship promotion race hits top gear over Easter.

No sooner will the international fixtures be done, then the Canaries will have two games over the bank holiday weekend with a Good Friday trip to Chris Hughton's Brighton and Hove Albion, before Monday's visit from Sheffield Wednesday.

City's trip to The Amex kicks off a run of five Championship matches in the space of 16 days, with three of them lengthy road trips in Brighton, Bolton and Leeds.

But those 15 points up for grabs before the remaining two games of the campaign could make the world of difference to a stunningly close Championship promotion race.


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'It varies for everyone but we would have rather carried on, the way the lads have been performing and the run we've been on,' the City midfielder told Talksport.

'We would have loved another game this weekend and another one on the Tuesday.

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'But it is what it is. It's gives a few of the lads who were carrying niggles a bit of time to have a rest and wrap them in cotton wool for a few days, and get ready for what's going to be a huge run in.

'We come back next weekend with two games, Friday and Monday over Easter, which is always a test. And hopefully our big squad will give us an advantage over that weekend.'

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