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GARY O'NEIL: FOCUS ON OUR GAME

10 May 2016

Win, then hope for a favour, says experienced City midfielder

GARY O'Neil says Norwich City must do everything within their power to keep their Barclays Premier League survival hopes alive when they host Watford at Carrow Road on Wednesday (7:45pm).

The Canaries go into the game knowing nothing less than victory will keep them in contention, while also being reliant on rivals Sunderland dropping points at home to Everton.

Speaking exclusively to canaries.co.uk, O'Neil said: "We need to keep going because you never know what's going to happen.

"Sunderland have lost games this season, which is why they are where they are in the table. There's no reason why they won't lose another game on Wednesday night.

"We have to take care of our side of things and hopefully Sunderland's result goes our way. If we can take it to the final day then who knows?"

The 32-year-old has experience of similar scenarios to call upon, having been heavily involved in a successful against-the-odds survival bid while with Portsmouth during the 2005-06 season.

"Back then we had quite a while to put a run together, whereas now we're in the last chance saloon," the midfielder explained.

"That's the position we're in. It won't be through a lack of effort; we have to make sure there's a bit more quality in the opposition's box and that we don't make defensive errors.

"Watford will be tough because they're well organised but we're looking to get off to a good start. The last few games we've played ok, so the key is taking chances early on.

"If we can score the first goal then we'll give ourselves something to hold onto."



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