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