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O'Neil Wary Of Depleted Forest

Gary O’Neil expects Nottingham Forest to be stronger in adversity when City visit the East Midlands tomorrow (3pm).

The struggling hosts sacked manager Philippe Montanier last weekend after eight matches without a win, while influential captain Henri Lansbury looks set to join Aston Villa.

But City’s experienced midfielder will not be falling into the trap of underestimating the opposition as Lee Johnson’s men set about bringing an end to their own seven-match losing streak in the Sky Bet Championship.

“Sometimes it brings teams together,” O’Neil told Bristol City Player HD. “You saw it with Hull at the start of the season.

“When Mike Phelan was in caretaker charge and they had hardly any players, they still got off to a fantastic start.

“It can give you togetherness and an ‘us against everybody’ mindset. We have to be wary of that.

“It’s never easy going to the City Ground – it’s always been tough whoever I’ve gone there with, but we’re desperate to pick up three points.”

O’Neil has had to watch from the sidelines in recent weeks, but returned from injury as City bounced back to winning ways at Fleetwood Town in the Emirates FA Cup in midweek.

“Being injured is always tough, but when the lads and staff are going through a tough spell it makes it even worse,” he added.

“It’s been a tough one to evaluate because I think some of the performances have been good.

“Even against Cardiff – like the fans, I came in thinking ‘I’m not sure how we managed to lose that’. There’s been a few of them.

“But we have managed to lose them and that has to change. The new lads have come in and made a difference, so hopefully we can kick on now.

“The lads know what it takes to win games. Sometimes it’s difficult when you haven’t won for a while and you’re so desperate to win one.

“It feels like things are going against you with ten or 15 minutes left and it’s difficult to remain in a calm and calculated mindset, but I thought we did that well at Fleetwood.”

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