Michael Turner warns Norwich City must handle the weight of expectation

Norwich City defender Michael Turner is ready for whatever the Championship can throw at the Canaries. Picture by Stefano Gnech/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City defender Michael Turner is ready for whatever the Championship can throw at the Canaries. Picture by Stefano Gnech/Focus Images Ltd

Friday, August 8, 2014
7:30 AM

Norwich City defender Michael Turner insists the Canaries must handle the pressure of being one of the Championship’s promotion fancies.

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Neil Adams’ squad, along with fellow relegated sides Cardiff and Fulham, will aim to be involved at the sharp end come next May and ahead of Sunday’s league opener at Wolves Turner accepts City must embrace that expectation.

“We’re a big club in this league, we know that makes us a target but we ourselves are expecting to do well,” he said. “We have got the quality in the squad to do well. It is going to be a tough season. I know that. You play a lot of games, a lot of midweek matches, and you do feel like it is going to be Saturday, Tuesday all the time.

“It is tough mentally and physically but hopefully we have got the squad in place and the boys are committed to get it right.”

Turner returns to the second tier for the first time since playing a major role in Hull City’s Championship play-off success back in 2008 and the centre back knows what lies in store.

“Yes, you would be talking six years ago now but I’m not sure if it will have changed all that much,” he said. “I would imagine the quality has picked up a little bit because there are obviously some quality players and good teams and there is probably a different style of football you have to play compared to the Premier League. Certainly at times you will have to roll your sleeves up more, maybe a little bit more of a scrap, but I have no fears we can do that. We are capable of passing it around and hurting teams that way as well, so I think we have got a lot to our armoury and that will stand in good stead.”

Norwich have scored plenty of goals during pre-season, with Lewis Grabban impressing since his summer move from Bournemouth, but the defender knows they will also have to be resolute at the back.

“We are certainly pleased with the amount of goals we have scored in pre-season, that is for sure,” he said. “We need to get the balance right, though, between attacking and defending but we will be working hard. You have seen in the last few friendlies what Lewis is all about. He has looked quality and you can see what he brings to the team. Another two goals for him (against Celta) was great on a personal level in terms of his confidence and also for the team and we all hope he can continue that.”

40 comments

  • Ha, Just noticed your comment wivenhoebudgie. No logic behind the Surman first goal but just got a feeling chap ;) Should hopefully get some nice odds on that too considering he wasnt with us last season and the bookies have likely been too lazy to check if hes played regular in pre season. If its 14-1 or better ill be getting on that later today. No winnings last night on the cardiff game sadly. Lost my touch already! Had 3-1 Cardiff. They'd been scoring for fun in pre-season but in fairness Blackburn surprised me. Looked fairly solid.

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    Mattias333

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • Now, now TK. Temper. Thats not like you. Be like cutty, cultivate a weird sense of humour. Whether your missus likes it or not. I seem to remember BJ telling us that `Bogaz` is a resort in Northern Cyprus, the Turkish bit?

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • Not suggesting that you're toxic Bogaz, I thought you might be the person Mr Toxic the gaz warning system (tgws), was warning us about. Just my inane sense of humour or as the wife says weird.

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    cutty

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • Cutty...No not a toxic person at all. Only toxic stuff I deal with is snake serum out here! Got to say having read all these postings...Why looking back at Snoddy. He's gone. Let's move forward. Cardiff and Blackburn both playing well tonight...That bothers me more than worrying about Snoddy and his assists.

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    Bogaz John

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Not sure how close to the top of the table City will finish. If City had escaped the drop a relegation battle would be almost a certainty. Compare the Canaries to Aston Villa, ever present since the PL began. I QUOTE On the pitch, Aston Villa have flirted with relegation in each of the last four seasons. A league table for the (13) clubs that have featured in all of those Premier League campaigns – based on the total number of points accumulated over that period – shows Villa bottom of the pile. In the last three years Villa have finished 16th, 15th and 15th, averaging a point per game in two of those seasons. It has been a miserable cycle of underachievement.

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    Capri

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Brew, If you think us fans only go to Carrow Road because we have nothing to do, then you really do not understand the game at all. On the other hand, as you constantly spout on about a Hull player, perhaps that is why you do not understand real fans.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Also, with some of the comments from the cryptic crew of erstwhile "managers", there are Walter Mittygating circumstances.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Hi, Igno. Missed your post `cos I went to the optician for some eye-tiredness drops after trying to read Matt`s laconic offerings. "The paying customers who pay full price, but have an existence outside Carrow Road, look at those that opt for a bulk discount rather than opt into life"... As they look at each other, who cares? As long as the Bell-tent sized replica shirts are available, in `proper` and `change` colours. Plus those lovely cardboard cacophony clappers. What would these 20,000+ people do if they had... something to do? B&Q Session needed from our local Experts... Job for Stevie Fry. He`ll be QI ds in.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Not sure why this thread has become all about Snodgrass, but am always happy to jump on the bandwagon! I simply can't wait for Hull to be relegated and old big head back in the Chumpionship where he belongs!

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    jigs69

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • 11 Snodgrasses! The Season Of All Fears. Apocalypse Now. The rest of the squad may as well emigrate. Just avoid Hull ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • This Surman goal Matt , either end ??? .[ joking]

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Snoddy: Club: Transfers :money:. It doth seem to me that we have received more in transfer money than we have spent so far, and thats not taking Wolfie's loan fee and saving on wages into account. Cant accuse anyone of panic buying can we.. Its just NA being careful with the cash !

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Mr. B... Are we returning to the Orwellian theme again? "All ticket holders are equal, except some are more equal than others". We must not let inverted snoddery rear its ugly head....I, as you, am glad he's departed for fresh fields since I feel sure that "penalty-gate" should probably have been renamed "relegation trap-door gate". Such arrogance should, after all, come only with the highest levels of ability and that he clearly does not possess.

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    Igno Rance

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Spot on Tk by the way! Long term that has to be the vison. Hopefully our new scout is looking in League 1 or 2 for any right backs catching the eye!

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    Mattias333

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • I had a look at all the championship sides current squads and ill be honest nobody overly impressed me. Couple of squads with the odd good player but backed up by average squads. As long as their owners keep their nose out, I get the feeling Watford may surprise a lot of people this season. Vydra and Deeney are a destructive front line and they are backed up by quality loans and decent signings here there and everywhere. Even though they've neglected to give the legend that is Grant Holt a squad number this season, I get the feeling Wigan may do well this season as well. Im not convinced with Fulham. Theyve put a lot of pressure on themselves spending their entire budget on McCormack and letting a lot of experienced players leave. Yes Bryan Ruiz had a good world cup but before they loaned him out he was so intermittently good it was unreal. He really will test the old "can he do it on a cold tuesday night in rotherham" theory. Cardiff sadly have gone about their summer transfer business quietly and effectively. I say sadly, because i'd hoped that nut case owner would have "been involved in all deals" like he said he would. Shame, so expect them to be up there. Other than that its down to NCFC to prove we are the big boys we are trying to style ourselves as. Im happy with the media ignoring us as thats when we are at our best! Staying clear of injuries will as usually be the difference in my opinion. Ill say it quietly but the boys in blue down the road will be strong this season. They are getting a tidy looking side together down there + a stylish new kit helps the image a tad. Then again, they still have Tommy Smith at centre back. ;)

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    Mattias333

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Matt, I suspect it is where you played football that has an impact on which players you concentrate on. I always played either right back or centre back, hence I notice our weakness there as much as anything. I have to say that for most of last season, I felt it was the right side of our defence that looked weak with many goals against as a result and felt that the right winger had to do too much covering of the right back at times. I have to say that I was impressed when young Bennett played right back the season before last and when fit to play, he offers more defensive cover, however, the real solution is to go out and find a better quality right back to match Olsson on the left. The main thing is we have got rid of a manager who could not cut it at NCFC and hopefully we will see better attacking football this coming season. It might take a bit of time before the system settles down so we may have to be patient, OTBC.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • 13 of the " Lot of goals scored preseason " were against the Vale of Aosta Groundsmen All-Stars , so I wouldn't get too confident THAT indicates prolific scoring in the solid backbone league of english club footy . The Champ is a tough league and while NCFC should be in with a good chance against most of the teams in there , it is going to take solid work to get results .

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    Bring on Foggo

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • In the middle of the Snodgrass debate Im not disappointed he's gone due to the amount of money we've got from a player we would have lost for nothing at the end of this season. He was clearly a Hughton favourite which is fair enough, Every manager has his favourites who he trusts, but im not so sure he fitted Hughtons style.There was so many issues though under Hughton, it be unfair to blame Snoddy. He frustrated me, I wont lie, whether its the drop in assists last season, the diving, the fact play slowed down the minute he got the ball, the fighting with fans etc...but thats just my opinion and its no different to another fan coming on here going "I dont like Wes Hoolahan, he hangs onto it and lost the ball"...im no more right about Snodgrass than I am about liking Hoolahan. I hope we will be stronger with out Snoddy. We may not be, but I 'hope' we will be. Im excited about the prospect of Redmond, Bennett etc...getting more freedom to express themselves on the wings at a lower level after being restricted in the PL. TK, in terms of those pesky sponsor boards, hopefully they are just here because of Sky Sports still. Get rid of them! They only got in the way of people taking corners and provided Pilks somewhere to sit in a grump one game when he thought he was coming on, only to see Elmander used instead.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Matt, those annoying flashing advertising boards were still in place for the first home friendly although they were unused as no TV was there to broadcast. Brew, you and I will forever disagree on the effect of a certain player but the old saying, you have to be in it to win it applies. It is very easy for a player to duck out of a challenge, not make runs looking for the ball etc. When I was managing, I know which ones I wanted putting on the shirt that is for sure and I hope we have 11 such players on the field this season.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • While on subject with Snod. I wonder if now we are no longer in the Premier League those extra sponsor boards (the fancy electric ones) will be removed allowing a player a bit more space to take a throw in or more importantly a corner. I was critical on Snodgrass and his assist count dropping from 9 to 3 but last season those extra sponsor boards being inserted near the snake pit couldnt have helped and may explain his inability to beat the first man on corners. Then again, others didnt have the issue.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Fair shout, TK. I just happen to believe that Snodgrass, overall, had a severely damaging effect on the team. Even as a non-Season Ticket holder, that is my view. Extrapolate that "Only Season Ticket Holders` views count" premise and we`ll have the only people allowed to vote being the Members of Parliament. Great bit of business by the club (for a change); a total `Win-win` providing (reportedly) a cash profit while de-weakening the team. I will be paying no special attention to how Robert fares at Hull. Will you? Btw; having sporadic problems with my email, so have not seen the one you mention.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • For the love of god though! Dont let my missus know what a success the world cup was for me. Shes had her flowers from the garage and a box of chocolates and thats how its staying! ;)

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    Mattias333

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Brew! Hopefully our luck with Norwich at the bookies will return now we no longer have Hughton & co. Had some amazing form during the world cup. I dont bet big these days (£5 maxium stakes at the most etc...) but for the World cup I started with a £20 pot and tried to have some kind of bet on each game an came away £198 up. One of my better success stories with Mr Ladbrokes in a while. Undecided on what to do for NCFC related bets this weekend yet. My guts telling me a decent performance is on the card but a draw. However the pessimist in me and saying "ITS ON SKY SPORTS YOU LOONEY, WE ARE DOOMED!!!". Feeling a bit of Surman 1st goal if im honest as well.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Brew, I had long since moved on and have no interest in Hull whatsoever as I am a NCFC season ticket holder. However, I have noted that your recent posts keep having a dig at the player and even sent you an email asking you to move on. I only support one team at that is NCFC.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Dubai, not sure on the is Turner captain material, but like "ginger Pele" seems to do a dependable job. Agree it would be good to see the future of some who now seem to have become fringe players through, from the outside looking in, no fault of their own. I also have fingers crossed that where we have scored plenty of goals pre-season we have not used up our quota! OTBC

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    Jakarta (ex-Singapore) Canary

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • I suppose there was the small matter of Fer tackling his wedding? I`m sure Fer won`t mind me saying `small` and `tackle` in the same sentence as `wedding` ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • You are taking a bit of interest in Hull now, TK. Nothing to do with Robert is it? We need to forget him, draw a line under it, move on. Etc, blah blah etc. No! Lest we forget what an overall negative effect he had on our team, aided and abetted by his acolyte Hughton. FMHooray, el dingo, I suggested that very `Bassong Song` when we first signed him! What goes round comes round? In Robert`s defence, the only tiny bit of cash I received from the bookies last season was a lucky £13 for his `last scorer` vs Liverpool @ Carra Rud.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • too be fair Fer (like 100s of other players who featured at the world cup) have not featured in pre-season because they've been away enjoying a small break. Fer is back in training now. Fully expect him to be stolen away but thats the reason for him not being involved in pre-season. Tettey has been injured (as normal these days). Becchio & Bassong are not part of Neils plans so he hasnt featured them and they will continue to be left out until someone shows interest in them. Not sure on Turner as captain Dubai. From the outside as fan he isnt vocal enough for me and appears to have quite a mellow, calm persona. That isnt to say you have to be a rant and raver as a captain and for all I know he might be Mr Popular on the training ground with all the lads. Just doesnt come accross as a captain, organiser type at the back if you get me. Martin appears to be more a captain in the Adam Drury type style. Quiet but someone thats respected by fans and players etc. I've no issue with him as captain but I do wonder if he will command a regular starting spot this season or not. The best captains just happen sometimes like with Grant Holt. Natural leaders, characters etc.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Snods & RVW are out, but there must still be a few more question marks left. Fer, Bassong, Tettey, Becchio are four players who don't seem to have figured in pre-season. All are quality players when their 'mind set' is right but all seem to have been under a bit of a cloud, largely because of the previous manager and last season's disastrous campaign. With the new season a day away it would be good to see their futures settled one way or another.

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Do you think Turner could be Captain material ?

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Snodgrass boo Snodgrass Boo ;) Sorry TK couldn't resist. Im not complaining, he's made the club a lot of money and last night he even made me a tidy sum after a spur of the moment trip to the bookies to do my weekend bets, I decided to have a punt of 2-1 Hull following on from my World Cup success with the bookies scorecast bets. Thank you Mr Snodgrass, I give the club full permission to remove my brick from the jarrold stand and replace it with a green one inducting you to the hall of fame for helping me with some money money money :) OTBC! (Bout time he paid me back for all those failed first goal scorer bets on him last season!)

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    Mattias333

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Just Bassong At Twilight. ..

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    el dingo

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • For the constant knockers of RS, this is from the BBC website on Hull's win last night. The breakthrough finally arrived in the 80th minute, debutant Robert Snodgrass heading Elmohamady's cross into the six-yard box for Aluko to prod home. Let us all now concentrate on our own team and stop keep having a dig at last seasons POTS, as voted for by the supporters.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • p.s. are you the one Toxic keeps warning us about?

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    cutty

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Set that to music Bogaz and you could have a hit.

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    cutty

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Anyone seen Bassong of late? Is he still with us?

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    Bogaz John

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • After we were talking about potential defensive reinforcements yesterday I decided to have a look around the potential of getting a young player on loan. I was surprised to see young Michael Keane not out on loan to anyone yet. Very good centre back, rated highly by England national set up and did very well during his short loan with Blackburn last season. Can cover right back to. Wouldnt mind him appearing at NCFC on a nice season long loan! Cant imagine he will be involved with Man Utd yet considering they are looking at signing a centre back or two and already have Jones, Evans, Smalling etc.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Seems to me that quick dependable defenders are scarcer than hens teeth. Turner and the others we have are reasonably good players by Chump standards but allowing for injuries and the long season we could do with strengthening the back four.

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    cutty

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • True, el dingo. When he first came, he had a couple of shockers, including that 5-0 job at Fulham. (I think). He looked vulnerable to having `Ginger Pele moments` and is not the quickest CB in the league. We generally seem short of pace at the back, Olsson excepted. But Turner is a solid citizen; there are many worse I`m sure. Anyway, with the new emphasis on attack, there`ll be no defending to do... he can concentrate on scoring headed goals from set-pieces now Robert`s gone.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Turner doesn't seem over popular with some folks but I reckon he's steady enough, especially for this league.

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    el dingo

    Friday, August 8, 2014

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