Norwich City’s Michael Turner is ready to star in another Premier League great escape

Norwich City's Michael Turner has form for Premier League escapes. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City's Michael Turner has form for Premier League escapes. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Saturday, May 3, 2014
8:08 AM

Michael Turner is not prepared to raise the white flag after starring in his own version of the Premier League’s great escape.

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The 30-year-old was an ever-present in the Hull City side who survived on the final day of the 2009 top flight campaign, despite losing at home to Manchester United. The Tigers would have been relegated if closest rivals Newcastle could have mustered an equaliser in a 1-0 defeat at Villa Park and that experience has armed the Norwich centre-back with an acute sense of what is still possible in the face of mounting odds.

Turner knows few will predict anything other than a ninth consecutive away league defeat of 2014 when they head to Chelsea this weekend fresh from a 4-0 pummelling at Manchester United.

“From the players’ point of view we still believe,” he said. “We will give it everything we have got and hopefully that will be enough. We are fighting for our lives and we will not give up. We stayed up on the last day at Hull because Aston Villa did us a favour by beating Newcastle. We lost at home to United and it proves you have to keep fighting until the end. You can never give up. Funny things happen in football and that has been shown again this season because the top and the bottom is very exciting.

“We have played well in recent games and come away with nothing. The manager makes the point we would rather not play well if it meant we picked up some points so we just have to keep plugging away and give it our all. With two games to go and us in the bottom three we need to forget about what has gone before and treat this game as a cup final.”

The Londoner accepts City need help from other sources after failing to capitalise on his former club’s comeback at Fulham prior to their game at the Theatre of Dreams.

“Obviously we need someone else to do us a favour now. It is out of our hands,” he said. “I’m sure as we travel down we will be well aware of the other results, but when it comes to Sunday we need to make sure we do ourselves justice.

“It is about what we do first and foremost. It is up to us to get points to help ourselves.

“We can’t influence the other teams. Hull getting a point at Fulham was a boost but we didn’t make the most of that at United.”

16 comments

  • "Ready to star"? Is this some kind of pun on Freddy Starr? The fact is it has been evident for weeks that many of the players are already thinking about their Summer transfers. I can't wait to hear Little Ricky crying that he is too good for the Championship. Know what Ricky? You're probably not good enough for the Conference.

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    waclor

    Sunday, May 4, 2014

  • Sadly the white flag has made so many appearances already this season it's hardly going to matter in the last two matches. Please don't treat the fans as idiots. We appreciate honesty even if that means admitting that this season's players have simply not been up to the job.

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    rjukancanary

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • Well fin blue at least the council landlord and your very obscure M.E. will be pleased that your run down and rusting place will be full for one game next season

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    Egyptian canary

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • I hope NCFC get a new press liason officer for next season, the current one seems to think that repetitive drivel fed to the news people is what the fans want to hear.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • I dont blame Turner for this, someone has to spout the drivel each week and if he said sorry fans we are doomed this message board would be full of people complaining about it. I am however sick of it all, it started way back after each poor performance with players saying how they will keep trying, CH saying we were unlucky and played well, its seems like the whole team were in a bubble where they really believed they were playing well each week and when fans moaned we were the deluded ones

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    Jimhow

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • Mad Mad Brewer is back. God bless him even if many of his fellow posters were glad that he went away for awhile..Off the ball City..

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    FINN.BLUE

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • Just think. If Archant didnt print this, we would have nothing to moan about and spoil our day ;-)

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    sharky

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • How do you sex a troll Brewer? Is it like toads?

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    el dingo

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • Hi, Blaffen Wijs. Sad old Pad; so young yet so old. Already a poor placeman plodding the primrose path to permanent prosaicness. More to be pitied than pilloried. Have you no kindness left in your black soul, Blaff? Btw, I take full responsibility for initially proffering a hand of friendship to FINN.BLUE who, sadly, has turned out to be yet another troll with a surprisingly spiteful edge to her.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • Wow the pressure is getting to most of you on the weekend that you Shall be shown the door on premiership football. Yet another bad year in your 110 year history.... Which only amounted to winning 2 milk cupsin total last being 1985. Not so bubberly are we now my little Carrot Rd friends.Off the Ball City...

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    FINN.BLUE

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • Kenfoggo; if it is a raffle it will be the first time that many of the players will have experienced that winning feeling this season.

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    la barbe

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • Is it a dressing room raffle? If you lose you have to speak to the press and trot out some inane cliche which nobody will believe? All the same old rubbish. Cheap talk during the week and then another spineless capitulation on match day.

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    kenfoggo

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • same old,same old----who is next.

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    superfan59

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • Talk is cheap, folks. If they could talk their way to victory NCFC would be European Champions by now.

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    la barbe

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • Same songsheet, same song but different singer! Say it enough times and it will be believed. For those that remember, back in the fifties Frankie Laine had a big hit with "I believe"

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    blackdog2

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • stormy

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

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