Michael Turner welcomed the point that ended Norwich City’s losing run, but that and a sixth Premier League clean sheet are about all Saturday’s drab encounter with struggling Newcastle will be remembered for.

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Most left Carrow Road with a niggling frustration at failing to record a first top-flight victory since mid-December.

But while City’s attacking play often misfired, they also looked in little danger of losing to a Magpies outfit that are two points off the relegation zone and have just two wins from their previous 13 league games.

Norwich’s position remains much more healthy despite their stuttering form, although Saturday’s trip to Liverpool and Tottenham’s visit over the coming fortnight means things won’t get any easier for Chris Hughton’s men.

“Obviously it is a huge positive we can take from this, to get a point on the board after the four defeats we have had and of course the clean sheet is always nice, especially for me as a defender. And I think we defended well as a whole team.

“But it does feel a little bit like two points that got away. We didn’t create as many chances as we would have hoped for. We put another point on the board but we are a little bit disappointed that we didn’t turn that into three.

“We felt comfortable we were going to keep them out and we always felt we were going to find a breakthrough. We had a few half decent chances that maybe we could have done a bit better with, but all in all we are disappointed with our play in the final third.

“I suppose today should’ve been expected as both teams have been out of form, but we have got out of that little losing streak we were in. Obviously Newcastle have been struggling a little bit and it was an opportunity for us to put three points on the board. It just wasn’t meant to be.”

Having been on an unbeaten run for half of this season’s 2012 programme, the Canaries’ festive wobble has not been great news – but Turner denied it has had a negative impact on morale.

“No I don’t think we did start doubting ourselves,” said the centre-back. “We’ve had some tough games in that period against two top teams at home and then really tough away games, and we thought we were a little bit unlucky to not get anything from those two.

“I think we were the team that was going to win this one if anyone was going to, so obviously a home game against Newcastle who are below us in the league and struggling a little bit, it would’ve been nice to get the three big points but we take a point and after the four defeats we go from there.”

As a former Sunderland player, Turner missed out any noticeable stick from their arch rivals’ visit – unlike former Newcastle defender Sebastien Bassong.

“Yes, I didn’t get much at all in this one so I was pleased with that,” Turner added. “Seb being a former Newcastle player, I suppose he was always going to get a bit from their fans but I think he took it well.”

Something that could not be said for the majority of City’s set-pieces.

“The manager did mention that after the games that he was disappointed with the balls that were coming in from the free-kicks and corners,” he said.

“But we have done well from those situations throughout the season so hopefully we’ll get back to doing well on that front.

“It is frustrating when those attacks aren’t coming off but as a defender you just keep concentrating and be prepared for anything they have got to throw at you. We kept plugging away but I think it is disappointing in the end not be able to take one of them.”

17 comments

  • Can anyone explain to me the difference between the tackle Kompany got sent off for today and the one he done on Johnson which wasn't even given as a free kick and allowed him to go on and set up a goal? Looks like an instance of 'Little old Norwich' to me but I could be mistaken?

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    baguio

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • Pa....you want snipping. Snodgrass is a top player. Lacks killer pace, and Saturday was probably one of his worst, but he was not alone. We just could not hit the proper weight of pass at the right time, and it cost us dear.

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    Erpingham Tractor

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • That`s it! Snods on the left. Els on the right. Pilks partnering Holty. Fox partnering Johnson. Tetts & Hoops there on the bench to change things as and when? I don`t understand why we`re all earning Hoots` wages for him. Just popping out for a meal - next door has put his wheelie-bin out.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • Unless we bring in some new sparkle and firepower upfront, it may be a long second half to the season. 1 point from last 15! Lets hope it changes soon, otbc!

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    Henry

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • I concur with all of that, Pa. I just didn`t want an individual (Snods) to become the whipping boy. If a naturally left-footed player operated on the left wing, and ditto right-footed on the right we should indeed be able to better feed the Horse in the danger area. But can he operate as a lone workhorse and still pose the maximum threat? While Hoots (correctly?) feels we need two holding midfielders (BJ & Tetts), there is no scope for 2 strikers? Most important thing is 14 more points! Give Els a go on the right? OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • Good game from Turner yesterday. I'd love to know CH's actual phrase about the deadball delivery. Disappointed? Or F""*** disappointed? Cost us all 3 points IMO. OTBC

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    el dingo

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • Unless we bring in some new sparkle and firepower upfront, it may be a long second half to the season. 1 point from last 15! Lets hope it changes soon, otbc!

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    Henry

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • Brew, the last thing I wan to do is criticise for the sake of it, but we do seem to becoming a one man attack, and that is just no good for the Premiership. Many other correspondents like yourself keep trying to stress that we need a change up front, not necessarily in personnel, but in the way they approach each game. If the manager cannot see it from his seat on the touchline, then he should try a different viewpoint. He could even try swapping Snodgrass and Pilkington to opposite wings during the match, but he does seem entrenched in his own position, and the more he reads about it on here the less likely is his attitude to change.

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    Pa Snipps

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • Michael Turner, you played very well yesterday (Archant killed my other sentence where I tried to agree that our deadball delivery was "disappointing" to say the least). OTBC

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    el dingo

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • However you spin it was an awful game, but there going to be a few of these each season. Newcastle could have won it in the first 20 secs.; we could have won it in the last 20 secs. I'm sure the team has will see the video and CH will focus on the bad stuff (sloppy defending particularly in first half, over hit passes, under hit free kicks and corners). We will move on. OTBC.

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    atlanta canary

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • the main problems seem to be that we dont have a plan b.we where not passing the ball very well,but still left the best passer,(fox) sitting on the bench.also ,hoots will not go for a win in the last third of a game.i would have played two strikers in the last 20 mins.otbc

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    bluelight

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • Agree with 2 strikers\last 20min, bluelight. As hard as he worked, Cinnamon is not cut out as a lone striker unless he gets "channel" balls (sounds nasty!). Normally, he might`ve been used to come on late to help Holty but I suspect he was instead being used to protect the big man from over-use. Is Harry Kane to have a part to play at all? If not, why have him here? Specially as there is nobody else just now. I hope Holty is properly recovered now.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • The waste of set pieces and slowness over shooting opportunities hamper progress. Wes & Pilks culpable on Sat. Is it the "Weaker foot syndrome?". Cafu sets a fine example from full-back. I nearly always agree with Pa, but I think he`s being a tad harsh on Snods here! Is RS that much different from Hucks in his pomp? I do agree with Oz that it might be a good idea to try Pilks or Els on the right & Snods on the left though. Would make your `Chevron` function better, Pa? Thought Holty looked like he might`ve been at Delia`s pie store during his absence. Still holds up the ball better than just about anyone though. I think if only somebody could become our `Fox in the Box`, the rest of our game could be boosted. If only..... We need to get something from the next 2 games. Liverpool away\Spurs @ home, easy peasy (I wish). BJ was excellent again. OTBC, 14 points to get.....

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • I would have expected us to pick up 3pts against a poor Newcastle. Slightly worried we'll get sucked into a relegation fight as we're losing touch with those above us. Two hard games coming up whilst those below have easier games. We need to bring in a couple of strikers and a fast winger. Maybe even give Pilks a go up front with Holt? Put Bennett on the right wing and Snodgrass on the left?

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    Oz Canary

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • The more I think about it, the clearer it becomes...... Our problem is....Snodgrass!... He has so much ability with the ball at his feet, he's almost as good as Hoolahan!... Somehow though he seems to want to be City's entire Strike Force, and that is not to the benefit of the TEAM. If this is on the instructions of Mr Hughton, then in my humble opinion Mr Hughton has got it WRONG. What seems to be happening in Snodgrass's bid for personal stardom, is that he has turned OFF the rest of the attack. Mr Hughton you are the manager. Get Managing!

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    Pa Snipps

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • However you spin it was an awful game, but there going to be a few of these each season. Newcastle could have won it in the first 20 secs.; we could have won it in the last 20 secs. I'm sure the team has will see the video and CH will focus on the bad stuff (sloppy defending particularly in first half, over hit passes, under hit free kicks and corners). We will move on. OTBC.

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    atlanta canary

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • If there is one thing that is missing at present, it's a decent left winger. We have one on the books, but our manager wants him to play as a ramrod through the middle. This has the effect of cutting out our strikers, who seldom get a ball from either wing, and have to make do with receiving a through ball, more often than not when their back is towards the goal. It needs sorting!

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    Pa Snipps

    Monday, January 14, 2013

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