Bristol City: Relegation would be a 'disaster' for the club, says midfielder Gary O'Neil

Gary O'Neil
Gary O'Neil joined Bristol City on a free transfer from Norwich in June

Relegation to League One would be a "disaster" for Bristol City, says midfielder Gary O'Neil.

The Robins are 22nd in the Championship, one point below 21st-placed Wolves, after winning just one of their past 16 league games.

Asked if finishing fourth-from-bottom would be a success, O'Neil, 33, told BBC Radio Bristol: "Yes, it would be.

"It would still be a bad season, from the start, but from where we are now, fourth-bottom would be good enough."

Bristol City finished 18th last term, 12 points above the drop zone, and were as high as fifth on 16 October after the first 12 games of this season.

'Desperate to avoid relegation'

Lee Johnson's side host O'Neil's former club Norwich on Tuesday, before Saturday's trip to fellow strugglers Wigan.

Former Portsmouth and West Ham United player O'Neil added: "We are just desperate to avoid relegation. That would be a disaster.

"There is still a long way to go - nothing is anywhere near decided yet.

"We have to make sure we stay in the league. Then that gives us a chance next season to make up for what's happened this season."

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