Turbulence is nothing new for Norwich City’s Gary O’Neil
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Gary O'Neil knows exactly what it will take for Norwich City to earn a ticket back to the Premier League.
The experienced midfielder has three Championship promotions on his record, which is why he can rationalise City's recent downturn in results ahead of the latest bid for a long-overdue Carrow Road league win on Friday against Bolton Wanderers.
'The performances haven't really dropped. The last few games we have played well and not won so there is no massive need for huge changes,' said O'Neil. 'The last three years when I have been in this league the teams I have been at have struggled at home, particularly West Ham, where we were much better away. At QPR, it was the same. We weren't great if teams came and shut up shop so I have seen this problem before when you are seen as one of the better teams. There is no magic answer. It is a blend of being patient whilst trying to be progressive with the passing. I think away from home the opposition open up more because they need to win in front of their own fans and that tends to allow us more space to create chances.'
O'Neil has embraced his reputation as a lucky charm.
'I've gone up twice in the play-offs and we won the league at Portsmouth so if people want to call me that it's fine. I definitely think we have what it takes,' he said. 'The first thing you look at is the size of the squad and then the quality we have got. Whenever you name a bench sometimes you have me and (Jonny) Howson there ready to come on in central midfield, Josh Murphy wide, Hoops (Gary Hooper) up front and good players who are not even getting changed on a Saturday. The last two times I have been promoted were through the play-offs and goals were a struggle. It is about not letting these tough spells drag on too long.'
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