Michael Turner takes responsibility as clean sheet sees Norwich City to second away Premier League success

Michael Turner gives Gareth McAuley special attention at The Hawthorns. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Michael Turner gives Gareth McAuley special attention at The Hawthorns. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Sunday, December 8, 2013
6:24 PM

Michael Turner missed out on Norwich City’s last two outings – the previously traditional edgy home victory followed by a heavy defeat on the road. But the break seemed to do him the power of good on his return at The Hawthorns.

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As the man himself admitted, there was the usual extra motivation any player has when he gets a fresh chance to claim his first-team spot, having picked up a slight knock. But given the almost sole responsibility Turner seemed to take at heading clear West Brom’s numerous corners, it also felt like the big centre-back had taken it upon himself to act on some of what he had seen during his short stint on the sidelines.

Maybe he was also in a hurry – given his wife was expected to give birth to the Turners’ first child at any moment on Saturday.

“I will be rushing home,” said Turner. “You tend to forget about it when you are out there on the pitch, but it is in the forefront of my mind now. I can’t wait to get home to see my wife.”

Fortunately – and through no mean effort either – Turner could travel home with a smile on his face simply due to the football.

“That is a massive result for us,” said Turner. “As a group of lads we have had a couple of massive setbacks in the season. But we showed here we are all sticking together and on our day we are a match for good teams.

“The start of the second half was like the Alamo and backs to the wall stuff. And you feel it is only a matter of time before they score. But everyone dug in and defended manfully really, and to get the second goal and relax a little in the last few minutes was very pleasing.

“We showed resolute defending and they missed a great chance with (Stephane) Sessegnon, and he’ll be disappointed he didn’t put it away and maybe change the game.

“But after that I can’t remember them having too many clear cut chances. (Shane) Long’s header was well saved by John (Ruddy). That save was top drawer.

“So we are pleased with how we defended from front to back, especially in that second half. John came out and claimed plenty of crosses. It is always nice for defenders when your keeper is coming out and helping you out.

“It was a big game for me to come back into the team. I was motivated to play well and the team has too.”

Turner spared a thought for City’s travelling fans who, despite little recent reward and a 5-1 midweek hammering at Liverpool, still made the trip to The Hawthorns – more than 2,100 of them.

“There was good numbers of them here and you do have to think with the results we’ve had away, it is unbelievable for them to turn out in their numbers as they have done with some of the bad results we have had. So all credit to them.

“They’re great supporters and they’ve had a great day.”

6 comments

  • I don't think anyone would survive without first class fitness in the EPL. Would we have won Saturday without it. I doubt it very much. OTBC

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    sharky

    Sunday, December 8, 2013

  • NCFC boy, there is a huge difference between training ground fitness and true match fitness. Surely even an idiot knows that....but apparently not.

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    CanaryWest

    Sunday, December 8, 2013

  • Lets all hope Mrs T gives birth today so the we have three centre backs available next Sunday. CH was spot on when he made two changes to the defence after the Liverpool nightmare so I would expect him to play the same team against Swansea. The same effort will go down nicely.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • So what do you suggest - return to days of Ron Saunders and running up and down mousehold Heath? using an even bigger brush today slovo to make those sweeping statements.

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    Croydonary

    Sunday, December 8, 2013

  • These guys are privileged to play for NCFC on vast salaries they should be motivated every game and in training. The problem seems to be a lack of fitness in the team, a lack of work rate and a lack of manager motivation

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Sunday, December 8, 2013

  • Fitness is not an issue, it is being monitored constantly and if it falls below a certain level the player is fined and dropped People used the same excuse on Holt. Next feeble excuse?

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    ncfc boy

    Sunday, December 8, 2013

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