Gary O’Neil in the mood to keep Norwich City’s cup run going
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Norwich City's irresistible attacking force proved too much for West Bromwich Albion – and Gary O'Neil has high hopes they can repeat the trick for the rest of their Capital One Cup bid.
The Canaries were well worth their 3-0 victory over Tony Pulis' top-flight outfit, although both sides made substantial changes from their weekend Premier League outings.
The Carrow Road win in front of more than 19,000 fans booked City a trip to Everton in the last-16 of the competition at the end of October – sandwiching Albion's league visit to Norwich and City's trip to Manchester City.
'That'll be fun – it'll a tough one at Goodison, but I go to Wembley every year anyway, so I'm sure we're going to get there this season as well,' said O'Neil, with a broad smile on his face after three years of Championship play-off promotion glory.
'It can't be the play-offs this time with Norwich, so it will have to be in the cup. I know about our recent cup record, but I think we've probably done better this year than we have in most of the others, so why not? We'll go to Everton and we'll give it a right go.'
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It was a big night for O'Neil as he captained a City side that always looked in control – Matt Jarvis, Kyle Lafferty and Sebastian Pocognoli's own goal completing the scoring, with City also keeping their first clean sheet of the season.
'It was a good night for me – it was good of the gaffer to give me the responsibility, I enjoyed it and the lads were great,' added O'Neil. 'It was a fantastic team performance against Premier League opposition, so we're really pleased to get through to the next round.
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'Being at home helped. We had good home support for a Capital One Cup game as well, and we probably should've made it a bit easier for ourselves by going in front earlier. But it was convincing in the end.'