Gary O’Neil is fast becoming a firm Norwich City favourite

Gary ONeil in action against Manchester City. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Gary ONeil in action against Manchester City. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

I wasn’t exactly looking forward to going to the match on Saturday. With our recent run of results, combined with playing one of the top teams in the UK, the odds certainly were not in our favour.

Understandably the crowd were subdued at the start of the match. The choreographed pre-match show of support didn’t quite work as not everyone held up their ‘free’ coloured bags when prompted. At least it will save us all 5p when we go and do our weekly shop at the supermarket.

As the first half progressed the crowd got louder and by time the first 45 minutes was up, at times the noise had been almost deafening. When there is an atmosphere like that, it can only help to lift the players.

It goes to show that even when things aren’t always going our way, we can still find something to sing about. This is why Norwich City fans are some of the best in the world.

If the team were feeling the pressure of the relegation struggle, they didn’t show it. Man City may have had the lion’s share of the possession, but we worked hard to a man and showed a level of intensity and commitment that has been lacking in several games this season, and one which I hope we carry on into every game from now until the end of the season.

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Gary O’Neil is fast becoming a firm favourite. He never stopped running, was all over the field making crucial tackles and created chances for attacking plays. He showed the type of commitment that would ensure that, if I was picking the team, his name would be the first on the sheet each week.

Although I have singled out Gary, every player out on the pitch gave everything they could and there were several excellent performances.

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This much needed clean sheet might just kick-start our survival battle whilst at the same time has probably ending Man City’s title challenge.

Looking at the remaining fixtures, Premier League survival is not an impossibility. Having to play Crystal Palace, Watford and Everton, all of whom have the FA Cup to think about, as well as relegation rivals Newcastle and Sunderland, it’s all in our hands.

• Blog post written by Lorraine Taylor

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