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28 July 2015

Midfielder satisfied with pre-season work-out

GARY O'Neil believes Norwich City are continuing to progress in their preparation for the 2015-16 Barclays Premier League season despite a 1-0 home friendly defeat to West Ham United.

A late Harry Toffolo own goal proved enough to separate the sides, on a night which celebrated the 80th anniversary of Carrow Road.

Despite the result, the 32-year-old told the media after the match: "As a performance it wasn't bad, and it was a good test.

"We wanted to win the game but did quite well and missed a few good chances while we were in control. They made a lot of substitutions on the hour-mark, and changed their shape a little bit.

"It made it more difficult for us over the last half-hour. We didn't want to lose, so it's just a shame we didn't capitalise when we were on top in the game."

The midfielder, who captained the Canaries against his former side, is eager to take momentum from last season's Sky Bet Championship play-off success into the top-flight.

City begin their competitive season at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday, August 8, and O'Neil explained: "We'll go into the season on a high; we're looking to pick up some early points, which will be key.

"Of the four promotions I've had, the only one where I didn’t stay on was QPR, and I’ve never been relegated straight back down. Hopefully that can continue.

"It’s been a great pre-season for me because I’ve managed to stay fit and be involved in every session. Pre-season is tough because you’re reliant on the people in charge, so it’s important they get the load right.

"In terms of ourselves, all we can do is give as much as we can and stay fit."


Brentford, Saturday, August 1, 3pm


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