Gary O’Neil wants Norwich City’s fans to play their part
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Gary O'Neil is urging Norwich City's support to stick with the Canaries through thick and thin in the Championship promotion scrap.
The experienced midfielder was a key man in Friday's 2-1 win over Bolton on his first league start for the club since a summer exit from play-off winners QPR.
City's inconsistent run of results mirrors Rangers' own struggles this time last year before the Loftus Road club secured Premier League promotion at Wembley in May, and O'Neil insists Norwich's support will play their part.
'I am used to playing in front of home fans who have high expectations,' he said. 'I have been in the game long enough to know that comes with playing for a big club.
'It is brilliant to have so many season ticket holders, even now the club is in the Championship, and the away support is superb as well. It definitely helps, I can promise you that.
'We did go through something similar (last season) but we were not playing as well as Norwich. At QPR for the first eight or nine games we were top of the league and people were saying we had not even got going yet.
'Then the form never really improved, we played the same, started to lose a few games and it definitely tailed off.
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'I think the key thing is here we are creating a lot more chances and playing well and we have a lot more pace and attacking threat in wide areas, which is vital in this league.
'The main thing to understand is how easy it is for the media and fans to get hung up on results solely and to feel we are not doing as well as we could. That hasn't been the case. We have been the better team in the vast majority of matches this season.'