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Michael Turner admits Norwich City need a miracle despite draw at Chelsea

Michael Turner wins a header during Norwich City's goalless draw at Chelsea. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Michael Turner wins a header during Norwich City's goalless draw at Chelsea. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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The post-match reactions were about as positive as most fans had managed to be all season, as the final whistle was greeted with chants of ‘We are staying up’ from those in yellow enjoying the Shed End.

At the same time, Michael Turner used the one word that probably sums up where the Canaries’ Premier League survival mission currently stands.

“We will work hard this week in training with our fingers crossed, and hopefully we can pull off a miracle,” said the centre-back. The miracle being Sunderland – the only team Norwich can now overtake – losing two home games against sides with little to play for to end the season.

“Anything can happen so we’ve just got to focus on ourselves and go for the three points next week (at home to Arsenal). Obviously we need Sunderland to lose in midweek (against West Brom) and then lose at the weekend (against Swansea) and we need to win, so that’s it.

“I think we came here to do exactly what we have done, sit back and wait for the half chances to come along. We were hoping for a little bit of luck to maybe put one away, but it just wasn’t to be.”

Some Chelsea fans felt it was Turner who was lucky, after he cut off Demba Ba’s early run in its prime. Turner added: “I just saw him running across and tried to block him off. I probably was a little too aggressive. I think I winded him a little. But I didn’t mean to hurt him; just to block him off.”

Yet the excellent Martin Olsson was perhaps most unlucky after not winning a penalty in the first half. He said: “I knew I got the touch first and then, you can see, it is a clear penalty.

“We came here to defend and we needed the half-chances and the penalty would have saved us as well. But that happens. We have got one more game and hopefully the luck is on our side.”

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  • Spot on Mel with your comments. Having played a bit of football at a reasonable level I could see what was going wrong with Norwich early in the season.Why, oh why, did the board not see it? No doubt Hughton was a nice guy but that simply was not enough. I thought our CEO had a reputation for being ruthless but he has tarnished that so badly in taking so long to dismiss Hughton and his inept team. The fans deserve better from the custodians of our beloved club. I can handle the occasional humiliating defeat in a season but the humiliation heaped on us now because of the inaction of the board is very hard to swallow.

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    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • Yes, Mel. A tawdry way of escaping what we deserve. Let`s hope it`s nowt but "paper talk", aka bollox.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • Miracles do happen, but this one certainly will not, firstly Norwich to beat Arsenal. not lose or draw but to beat Arsenal. then for Sunderland to lose not one but two home games, because if they draw one and lose one its game over, so come Wednesday night its good night Vienna !!!

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    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • According to the media, the directors of NCFC are considering a complaint to the FA about Sunderland not having points deducted for fielding an ineligible player. My advice is to let it go. As unpalatable as it is now, it does, at least, set an interesting precedent for other clubs to use if they make a similar mistake in the future. More importantly, I for one, do not want to stay in the Premier League this way. We will be relegated for not being good enough and you, the directors, have to shoulder the responsibility for that. Just look at the team statistics if you have any doubts. The majority of the fans could see Hughton's failings throughout the season and were begging you to make a change. But your heads were buried so far in the sand, you couldn't see our nose dive to the Championship. Or perhaps you could ... We even had the farcical spectacle of the club's CEO telling the media he would rather die than be relegated. And he said this at a time when relegation was looking a racing certainty. Amazing. What now hurts many of the fans is that performances such as that away to Chelsea, could have been achieved earlier in the season if you, the custodians of Norwich City Football Club, had changed the manager months ago. That would have prevented relegation from even being a consideration.

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    Mel Lacey

    Monday, May 5, 2014

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