Michael Turner happy to keep putting his body on the line for Norwich City

Reading's Kaspars Gorkss is hassled by Michael Turner (six), Alex Tettey and (right) Javier Garrido. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Reading's Kaspars Gorkss is hassled by Michael Turner (six), Alex Tettey and (right) Javier Garrido. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Sunday, November 11, 2012
6:14 PM

Michael Turner admitted there was disappointment in Norwich City’s performance at Reading on Saturday – but he was happy to take another Premier League point on the road.

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The goalless 90 minutes at the Madejski Stadium will not live long in the memory, but the clean sheet did at least end the Canaries’ Premier League record run of 38 away games without a clean sheet.

Indeed, their fourth top-flight shut-out of the campaign already tops their tally of three during last term, and ensured Chris Hughton’s side did not help the struggling Royals to the first victory of their return to football’s top table.

And for Turner, that was enough to make it a productive trip to Berkshire for the Canaries.

“We can take a lot of pride from another clean sheet,” said Turner. “We were disappointed with our attacking play, but a point away from home is very good. We are disappointed we couldn’t find an opening against Reading.

“We were searching for the wrong ball at times. But a point is probably more use to us than it is to Reading at the moment. They would have been looking to get a win, and wanted to get their season started.”

Turner has taken more than his fair share of knocks since his arrival at Carrow Road in the summer – especially on the pitch. He recovered from his latest, a dead leg suffered in the home win over Stoke seven days earlier, to play the full 90 at Reading – although not without another memento.

“I’ve been in the wars,” smiled Turner. “I did my eye, but what did I do last week? I can’t remember! I’ve had that many injuries…

“And I did my shoulder today. But you just get among it and stitch things up all the time. It’s what being a defender’s about though – looking like me.”

But there is no denying, on a run of eight points out of 12 with three clean sheets to boot, it has been a good few weeks for City and Turner.

“Playing along Sebastien Bassong has been very good for me in recent weeks,” he acknowledged. “We’ve been happy with how it’s been going recently.

“We should have a few more points this season from our games. But we are pleased with the way the team is playing and the confidence among the boys is good. We can take that into each week and I’m sure we will do well. We play Manchester United next week, but I’ll probably be putting my head in where it hurts again.”

10 comments

  • I meant to say 'can't stand'

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    Lobbo

    Sunday, November 11, 2012

  • Matched last season's clean sheets tally already, on an unbeaten league run, cup quarter finalists..... What an awful state we are in Lobbo !

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    andyrew

    Sunday, November 11, 2012

  • Fine we have a decent defence. Now how about an attacking midfield linking with the striker (s) The most boring team ever was George Grahams Arsenal....is Chris Hughton hoping to emulate them??

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    Algarve Canary

    Sunday, November 11, 2012

  • My comment was in jest andyrew. A little friendly dig at Lobbo who`s not convinced about little Benno! It is difficult to disagree with bluelight`s comment. I`m sure we`d all like to see more than 8 goals from 11 games. Once we find a source of goals it`ll look better. Meanwhile we have to have clean sheets to get points. The only time we got 2 goals we conceded 5. The only 1-0 defeat was at Newcastle. A clean sheet or a goal would`ve got us a point. So we HAD to score to get something. I have no doubt this is a better squad with a better manager than last season. But the `goals for` column is a cause for concern.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, November 13, 2012

  • I simply cannot believe these comments. Don't forget where we came from three years ago!!

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    andyrew

    Monday, November 12, 2012

  • They must roll out Elliott Bennett to "do the words" next time, Lobbo. Apparently he`s been excellent in sound checks! ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, November 12, 2012

  • Between you and me I can stand the powers that be wheeling out the troops to make us feel all is well !!!!!!!!

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    Lobbo

    Sunday, November 11, 2012

  • It's good to see Turner playing well after his rather difficult start and the amount of stick he has been getting. Bassong has been the support he has been needing and Turner is now reaping the benefits. Our back line is looking strong and resilient at long last!! otbc

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    Canarygirl

    Sunday, November 11, 2012

  • i reckon those clean sheet freaks are wishing there was a few less,and more goals being scored,i certainly would.otbc

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    bluelight

    Monday, November 12, 2012

  • PS. I`m glad to be wrong about Turner. Not the most elegant player but effective and whole-hearted. Good ol` boi!

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

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