Michael Turner reflects on the only option left for Norwich City following their latest Fulham heartbreak

Michael Turner grapples with Hugo Rodallega during Norwich City's defeat at Fulham. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Michael Turner grapples with Hugo Rodallega during Norwich City's defeat at Fulham. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Sunday, April 13, 2014
11:57 AM

There is one silver lining in those four remaining games for Norwich City – they’ve prevented the Canaries being relegated again from the Premier League with defeat at Craven Cottage.

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For some, that may only be an argument over the details – because the cup-final atmosphere on the banks of the River Thames certainly left the feeling that Premier League survival was only on offer to the victor on Saturday.

But while there are games, there is hope. That’s not really a choice of attitude. It’s the only option left.

It probably explained Michael Turner’s relative understatement when it came to the post-match chat.

“It’s fair to say that we are a little bit down after that,” said the returning City centre-back. “Everyone knew this was a crucial game for us and we’ve come away with nothing.

“But we need to pick each other up and we’ve got four games to go, so we need to give all we can to do what we can to get to our goal, which is to stay in the league.”

Those four fixtures probably roll off the tongue of any football fan, given how long eyes have been cast over them. The visit from Liverpool to Carrow Road on Easter Sunday, before City take on trips to Manchester United and Chelsea, and that last-day arrival of an Arsenal side, who we now know will have an FA Cup final to look forward to the following weekend. All those will of course now be taken on under the stewardship of Neil Adams, which makes them far more of an unknown quantity.

Adams put faith in handing Turner his first action since injuring his hamstring at Crystal Palace on New Year’s Day – and Turner has faith that City showed promise, even if it did come with a possibly catastrophic result.

“I think we dominated possession and in the first half, without doubt, we were the ones who had the better chances,” added Turner.

“But we obviously gave away a sloppy goal from a free-kick, which is very disappointing from our point of view. And then again in the second half, I think we dominated possession without really creating enough chances to hurt them.

“It’s up to us now to go again.”

There were definitely changes to approach – and changes to the changes, as Adams aimed to make an impression from the bench as Chris Hughton’s successor.

But the same frailties of failing to recover from going behind – or to take a chance – cost City once again.

“We definitely believed we could come here and get something,” added Turner. “Even at 1-0 down we were confident we could get back into it – even with all the problems we’ve had doing that this season.

“The manager has done a great job coming in, having three or four training sessions to come in and get across the way he wants us to play, and I think we’ve done that pretty well. It showed with the possession we had. But obviously the result is key and in the end, we have come away with nothing.”

35 comments

  • I quite agree, LincsCan. All this maudlin, sentimental stuff, that comes as part of the Merseyside package, is long past its sell-by date. I know it`s not `PC`, but I think most sensible people, outside of Liverpool, are sick to the back teeth of it. Self Pity City. Enough, Mersey.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, April 14, 2014

  • Most of the trollery was on the "1-0" board MB and I think some, not all, has been removed. Just done a quick check of the PL table and yes, 3 goals against us will take them to 96. I think I can live with the irony if they only get 3. My "tasteless" comment about 96 was the context of its use by Finn. As for us surviving, I have just looked at the remaining fixtures of the teams below us and if my heart was not already rock bottom it would have sunk lower. I think we need at least 36pts, maybe 37 to survive. Not optimistic but, "While there are games there is hope". (See previous post)

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    Lincs Canary

    Monday, April 14, 2014

  • That, too, was tasteless but it had the saving grace of being deliberately ironic. Or maybe not...

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, April 14, 2014

  • Looks like Archie has retro-deleted the trollery, LincsCan. Or was it all on another board? Judging by the way Battenberg failed to send off Suarez (2 chances to do so), and denied ManC 2 clear penalties, this season is preordained to be Liverpool`s. What`s the betting they end up on 96 goals?

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, April 14, 2014

  • Correction to my earlier entry. ITFC in a relegation dog fight with 4 matches to go? With their financial problems, weak squad and dire manager they will be the whipping boys, coming down with Lambert and co.

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    Lincs Canary

    Monday, April 14, 2014

  • Good heavens, we've just had Troll Sunday, now the first entry on Monday is from Finn. Well, at least you are a regular Finn and as I recall sometimes talk a bit if sense. However, bad start today. First, tasteless using Hillsborough to make your point. Apparently the moderator sees nothing offensive about that, only NCFC fans who make reasoned arguments about managerial appointments get blocked for offensiveness. Then you carry on the low standards set by yesterdays trollers by failing to know the difference between "there" and "their". Finally, you do realise that if your dream of our respective teams changing places comes true you will, at this time next year, be in a relegation dog fight too. And then the trolls will be trolled.

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    Lincs Canary

    Monday, April 14, 2014

  • Liverpool F.C. Will have 96 reasons to win every game So that they can give meaning to there club and most importanly to the fans . Sorry to say at best a draw but can't see that happening..

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    FINN.BLUE

    Monday, April 14, 2014

  • Hey just you leave tractors outta this mind you Norwich colours green and yellow a great advert for them lovely John Deere tractors.

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    grom999

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

  • Ya Betts ya we've had a sad troll from that half empty stadium 40 miles to the south of us looking for his friends on our site. Guess he's dropped his toy tractor out of his pram!

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    Honest Injun

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

  • Lol you going down so lets be having you lol.

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    chris betts

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

  • Come on guys & gals, there's still 4 albeit difficult games to go yet, and let's face it, The Pool must lose a game soon after their current run. Why not next Sunday? City and Neil can start to make a name for themselves in a big way! Glass half full and all that! The standard of play and player attitude yesterday was far better than we've seen in ages. Good luck to Shoes and the lads.

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    Honest Injun

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

  • LYB, weren't you a passionate advocate of the previous regime? Faith in Chris and his little goblin friends was all we needed.. Now you're telling people that "life ain't to bad in the Championship, and anyway we'll bounce right back up". To me.. I saw exactly the same team on Saturday that I've been watching all season. If I was to be so bold, you are a bit of a lickspittle by nature..

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    Gruff

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

  • may as well play Carlton Morris next week - at least he has confidence in goal-scoring...

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    Surrey Canary

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

  • We all know that the real reason we are about to be relegated is that we persevered with an incompetent manager for far too long. Not only can we not score goals and do not have enough points but we don't even know which players work well together. Neil will do as well as anyone but has not been given enough time. Once again the fans have been betrayed by the board unless relegation was their plan so that last years youth team could be brought successfully into our Championship team rather than fail as loanees at other clubs. We urgently need somebody to convert Hughton's whining mentality into Lambert's winning mentality.

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    waclor

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

  • Late in the day on troll Sunday I struggled to work out the "Only option left", as per the article's headline. In case anyone wants to know it is "while there are games, there is hope." Would have been the same if Hoots was still here. Come to think of it who would you prefer to eke out two 1-0's from our remaining home games, Hoots or...Oh dear, just had a funny turn, probably brought on after being rejected by moderator this morning for being offensive. Still not worked that one out. A reasoned point about how we pick our managers and rejected. Trolls galore offending everyone and they get through. One final point to this rambling post, doesn't "While there are games, there is hope" sound an ideal club motto?

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    Lincs Canary

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

  • If we beat Liverpool next week that will really throw the Title race wide open - bring it on !

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    Dubai Canary

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

  • Goldie, you summed it up well. All is not lost yet with 4games to go anything can happen in football( the mighty Barcelona lost to Granada yesterday in a game they needed to win as much as us) I enjoyed seeing the ball being played forward so much yesterday it gives me hope that we can still pull off a surprise along the way. It did seem a bit 'confused 'in the final third with so many attackers trying to do their bit, but I' m sure NA will work on that this week. We do have problems up front but every now and then a player who hasn't scored for ages comes good during one match and at the moment thats all we need and can hope for. Trust NA to do the business for us.

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    NoggintheNog

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

  • I think that "the lad done good," too but it is not gong to be fixed overnight, as you say.

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

  • IMO I thought NA had done an excellent job motivating the players into an attacking force after nearly 2 seasons of having attacking football trained out of them. Had he been IC alot earlier I am sure City wouldn't be in the position that they find themselves in now. If NA can train the forwards and midfield into putting the ball into the back of the net I am sure we can still survive.

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    goldie

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

  • This is NCFC every season , the club as no vision , just happy to plod on the lower half of the league and the board reep the benefits !!! But this season it may have backed fired , if we stay up next season will be no different .... Just wait and see

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    Norwich

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

  • This is NCFC every season , the club as no vision , just happy to plod on the lower half of the league and the board reep the benefits !!! But this season it may have backed fired , if we stay up next season will be no different .... Just wait and see

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    Norwich

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

  • I can't get no satisfaction from some of the posts here. So come on, we know the biggest mistake was the appointment of CH. NA is now the beast of burden and Canary fans remember, you can't always get what you want but we love you and a respectable 17th is all that's required. Otherwise it will be sad sad sad. OTBC

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    ToxicGasWarningSystem

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

  • Both were excellent players Brew. I just hope it ends better for Neil, which I think it will.

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    el dingo

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

  • This is no longer funny. To go through a whole season and have your strike-force score what maybe 10 goals is ludicrous and who or whatever put it together should be charged as having little knowledge of the game and should quickly get out of it. The big one is of course VW. He is now consistently showing little aptitude for the game. He has been given chances but it is evident he has few skills, no guile of bustle or speed. He belongs in the 3rd tier of the league. Hooper has some ability but his refusal to get dirty, chase and challenge for the ball make him a bit player at best. Elmander, yes he did score that wonder goal for Bolton, is slow, overweight and over the hill. Fourthly does Becchio still get paid. In short the Norwich attack is a mess and there is no way out but to start again and jettisonwrite of what L12Mill. Our futile strike force has been the major contributor to a futile season. Go one behind and we lose because WE CAN"T SCORE GOALS. Perhaps many of the older supporters will remember Ron Davies - who sadly died last year. For a number of years he was our target man up front. His consumate skills included shielding and passing off the ball in any direction and superb heading control. He was tall and could out jump most defenders.He was superb talisman for an attacking team, scored many goals and was a great incentive to play the ball up field instead of across it or back. Find that man again, revert to a positive playing format and things will turn around, maybe slowly, but they will turn.

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    Pritch

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

  • Bald Canary, allegedly RvW was purchased on a Saturday. A case of `Good buy, rue by Tuesday`. Stone me.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

  • Go a goal down and we're stuffed has been the story of every game in 2014 where the opposition scores first as on Saturday.All so depressing.

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    Peter Watson

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

  • It is a dissembling disservice to compare Neil Adams with Gunn. Adams has done his `hard miles` in coaching. Bryan Gunn`s soft miles were done strolling around golf courses, prior to lunching and dining corpulent clients. There is no comparison between the football fellow Adams, and the globular, glad-handing Gunn.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

  • Neil Adams... the new Bryan Gunn. Faithful club servant and thoroughly decent bloke thrown in at the deep end to appease the baying fans and keep the heat off the ineffective Board. Talk it up as much as you want but we are Championship. Hoots couldn't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear - and has to carry some of the blame for bringing in lightweight's like RVW at exorbitant prices - and NA isn't going to turn it around... alas.

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    wallybrain

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

  • Am I the only person who noticed RVW petulant act of throwing his shirt on the floor after being taken off. We want grafters not a kid who spits his dummy out. With the exception of his chance which was saved, he played in our own half, at the end of the day if we wanted another midfielder we could have spent £8.5 million on a lot better player than him. If he never pulled on a city shirt again, I for one would not lose any sleep.

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    Bald Canary

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

  • Dubai, bizarrely, on another board, an 1p5wich troll suggested that you were a `bitter` person. You, of all people! The archetypal good natured optimist. I`ve learned so much from the example you set. I may even be able to come off the Pollyanna Potion soon. I owe you so much. Thankyou.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

  • It's a tough ask, , but with 4 games left our fate is still in our own hands. We could still pull of a couple of shock wins. INAWT.

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    alan

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

  • If you take a step back and think about it, even if the worst does happen and we're relegated then we'll still get a decent whack of prize money at the end of the season, but £15m a year parachute money as well. We're debt free and wages are about 50-60% of revenue, so I wouldn't have thought we'd need to do any panic selling or anything. Tweaking over the summer and an opportunity for Adams to really settle in and I think there's a decent chance we could bounce right back. But when all's said and done, while this is a horrendous run in, if they keep up the spirit they had at Fulham then we might just get a break.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

  • The save of RVW's shot was something else. I don't know if it was a brilliant save or the GK just got lucky with a chance touch but it was a heck of a strike by Ricky. Certainly a few more strikes like that wouldn't hurt.

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    Dubai Canary

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

  • That it came to this! Losing at home to a woeful Fulham, away to a slightly better version. Home defeats to Villa and WBA. Failure to beat Cardiff at home, and gifting them victory in the away match. Abject performances over and over again in away games generally. Neil needs a miracle, or a `no-show` in the class of last season`s WBA game to escape this. I wish him all the very best. Fine bloke. Where have our Board people been? Complacency Valley?

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

  • Re. our last four games, I would have thought that they present the perfect opportunity for a Dutch international to prove his doubters wrong. Get on with it RVW and score for crying out loud.

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    Lobbo

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

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