O’Neil still confident of Norwich survival

Mark Holmes
Gary O'Neil: Still confident Norwich City can survive

Gary O’Neil knows two home matches in five days will determine whether or not Norwich City remain in the Premier League.

The Canaries have three games remaining – against Manchester United on Saturday, Watford on May 11 and at Everton – to climb out of the bottom three.

Alex Neil’s men fell to 19th, above only already-relegated Aston Villa, ahead of their clash at Arsenal as Newcastle won and Sunderland drew earlier on Saturday.

And the Gunners won 1-0 to inflict Norwich’s 11th loss in their last 15 Premier League games.

“The next two games are going to be huge for us,” O’Neil said.

“Saturday-Wednesday is either going to give us a right chance or damage our hopes.

“We still believe. We’re one win away from getting out of the bottom three.

“We play first next weekend. We win at 12:45 and it puts some pressure on the other two.”

Norwich beat Manchester United at Old Trafford in December.

O’Neil added: “Man Utd have improved since we last played them, but at our place we’ve got a decent record against some of the bigger teams.

“We’ll be fired up, it’s massive to us. We’ll give it a right go.”

Norwich had Arsenal under pressure at times, but struggled to create chances and convert them.

Russell Martin told Norwich City TV: “We’ve been dominant and on top in a lot of games but not put matches to bed.

“That’s one reason why we’re where we are. We tried to keep a clean sheet for as long as possible, and that’s tough to do here.

“It’s disappointing because it was always ‘nearly’ or ‘not quite there’ for us. If we win three games we should stay up so we have to win against Manchester United to put pressure on Newcastle and Sunderland.

“We have to move on now, it’s as simple as that.”