New signing Michael Turner is hoping to boost Norwich City’s goal tally from defence when the new Premier League campaign kicks off.

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Defenders contributed just four of the Canaries’ 52 top-flight goals last season with Russell Martin scoring twice and Ritchie de Laet and Leon Barnett grabbing one each, compared with 11 goals from the back four in the Championship a year earlier.

And while Turner’s primary concern will be helping to tighten the City rearguard, his 6ft 4in frame clearly makes him a dangerous opponent at free-kicks and corners.

“I definitely feel I’m a threat from set pieces,” he said. “In my first season in the Premier League I scored five goals for Hull so I’m sure if I play regularly, with the quality that will come into the box from people like Robert Snodgrass and Anthony Pilkington, I can get goals.”

Centre-half Turner already knows how it feels to find the net at Norwich after scoring a stoppage-time equaliser for Hull in a Championship match in 2006.

“I think it was my first game there. It was a 1-1 draw and I scored very late and that’s my one good memory of playing at Carrow Road,” he said.

Turner’s aerial threat could be a useful weapon in a City side that has been short of goals in their pre-season programme.

Tuesday’s goalless draw against his former club, Hull City, means Chris Hughton’s men have not scored for 263 minutes in their warm-up games, but at least they have been hard to break down at the other end of the field, keeping four clean sheets in five domestic friendlies.

“I think as a team, the way we defended tonight was very solid,” said Turner, after the game at the KC Stadium.

“It’s where you start from because if you’re keeping clean sheets you know you’re always going to get something from a game. We’ll need to take the good work we’ve been doing into the league campaign when it kicks off next week.

“We limited them to very few chances and on the offensive side, we created a few chances and got in a few good positions. Probably one final ball would have given us goalscoring opportunities, but I think generally we’re pleased with the shape of the team.”

Turner, who signed from Sunderland a fortnight ago, partnered Ryan Bennett at centre-half at Hull, after playing alongside Barnett in Friday’s 0-0 draw at MK Dons.

“Ryan is excellent, a very good young player who will have a good future in the game,” he said. “And I played with Leon the other night, likewise a very good player. We’re all fighting for places and I just want to be in that starting team against Fulham.”

As City prepare for their last friendly against Borussia Mönchengladbach at Carrow Road on Saturday, Turner insists he will be match fit and ready for the trip to Craven Cottage a week later.

He said: “I’ve played 60 to 65 minutes in both games so far and I felt stronger in the second half than I did the other night. It’s all minutes under my belt and I hope I’ll get some more on Saturday and be ready for the first game.”

Turner took time to recover from a pre-season trip to the Far East with Sunderland, followed by a hectic few days with the move to Norwich at the end of last month.

“I’m not far away now in terms of fitness. It did take it out of me going to Korea and then coming back and coming straight to Norwich, and taking a few days for the deal to be done, so I’m pleased now I’m back in training and getting games and back on it,” he said.

“It’s the best way to get your fitness up, playing games of football, being out there on the pitch. I’m very pleased to have played and was feeling stronger and stronger as the game went on.”

At Tuesday’s game, Turner was briefly reacquainted with both Hull and his former Sunderland boss, Steve Bruce, now in charge of the Tigers.

He said: “I spoke to him before the game and he’s excited about what’s going on here and I wish him all the best of luck because it is a very good club and Steve Bruce is a great manager, so hopefully the two will come together.

“It was very nice coming back, in a bit of a relaxed sort of mood in a friendly. It’s great to come back to a place where you had some success and we had a good run-out tonight.”

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  • COPY OF EMAIL TO ARCHANT There is a regular hardcore who daily comment in a jocular manner on the forums attached to the various daily news on Norwich or it's players. We enjoy good banter and apart from three or four trolls who are supporters of other teams posting negative comments there is never anything detrimental or abusive on there but our fun is continually spoiled. Whatever method of censoring is used we fail to understand but the innocuous comments and the reasons for deletion of them is causing intense annoyance and ruining this daily banter. We have asked many times for an explanation for this stupid and childish censoring without any luck, is it possible that someone could enlighten us please.

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    blackdog2

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Turner wants to chip in with goals, someone needs to.

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • @Putney, that SpreadEx prediction is pretty miserable. It's not always possible to predict who is going to struggle but it usually seems to be down to team spirit. I would always bet against QPR and their past-their-sell-by-date hired guns for that reason. There is no doubt that Lambo managed to set a fire under the team but I wonder if fear was at the bottom of his motivational tool kit and if so it had probably got us as far as it could. I feel that Hughton is the right man for the job and our last few performances have looked more like a team and solid but also lack-lustre up-front. At the moment we are relying on Holt to, as usual, step up a gear when the real thing starts. Here's hoping.

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    Swiss Canary

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • Hear, hear! blackdog2. Well spoken. I`ll visit you in HMP Norwich when the Gestatenpolizei have you banged up for publishing "their" property. I hope you get a sensible reply but won`t hold my breath. No doubt, behind the scenes, there are a few people @ Ar-chant who have advanced qualifications in dissembling. As others have said, after a few attempts to post a constructive and-or humorous comment, you have to make do with an ascerbic one-liner. Provocation. But WHY?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Why on earth does it take all those attempts to say thank you to someone? What is the forbidden word?

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    blackdog2

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • The bloody scissors are out again, twice!

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    blackdog2

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • Do that there thang, Michael, just don`t let too many in a-doin` it, y`awl.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Hello Brew, Batman here! Appreciate yours and Cutty's endorsements but have not heard from Archant, not that I expect to but as long as they listen and do something about it that is all that is needed. Your statement of being too old I find interesting, are you really older that me?

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    blackdog2

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • blackdog, maybe it`s not what you say, it`s who you are saying it to. I am not allowed to comment on pub>brewing topics AT ALL. Just saw an item about somebody I worked with @ Greene King & I tried 5 times to comment and was, as usual, completely blocked. Have sent e-mail to Ar-chant MD but I won`t hold my breath. Holy Heresy, Batman2! Regards, Alfred the Butler. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • The bloody scissors are out again, twice!

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    blackdog2

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • This is seriously sinister.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 11, 2012

  • This site has to be the biggest joke of all time! Cutty and Brew, many thanks for the 4th. time!

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    blackdog2

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • So I just checked on SpreadEx for their total points prediction in the PL next season. They have City down at between 35.5-38 points (with only Reading below us - but similar). I don't think this is right (so have bought at that level) - but does strike me as a little worrying that these people seem to have Norwich tipped to really struggle this season... I don't really see the lack of goals pre-season as a big issue...we know we have lots of goalscorers in the team - and I was always far more worried about our defence...so am more happy about the number of clean sheets we've kept. My ticket for the Fulham game just arrived this morning...so nice to be able to walk 10 minutes down the road and see my team (hopefully) off to a flyer in the first game of the season...Cant wait!

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    PutneyCanary

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • I'm bang on the Upper Richmond Road... I'm really not that worried about the lack of goals. They will come. Having a solid team defensively means you only need to score one to win...too often last season we needed to score at least two (often 3) to win - and that's easier to get 'found out' by other teams in second season. My view: CH is doing exactly the right thing...

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    PutneyCanary

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • Nice one Blackdog i'm fed up with long composition being blocked. I'm vitually on a read only basis now.

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    cutty

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • Blocked three times, I`ve a feeling they don`t want me. It`s just Dawned on me. :-(

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • Serial blocking. Now I get "Programme not responding" so maybe they`re sending me a virus or two? I can write, so I will prosecute this with the utmost vigour.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 11, 2012

  • Here we go again, I thanked you and Cutty for your endorsements, and yes, true to form, it vanished!

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    blackdog2

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • Actually, Ar-chant Tower warrants Gotham City status on its own "merits" alone.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • No, cutty! You should be Chief O`Hara if you feel you`re too old to be Robin2. We could offer that role to canarygirl and the lead Grosskontroller would be a perfect Commissioner Gordon. All the other scribblers could compete for the roles of Joker, Riddler and Penguin et al.The part of Dick Grayson`s old auntie would be perfect for Stereo Dog or Colin. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 11, 2012

  • Maybe us old timers are just too slow on the key board. I'd probably be more suited as the Penguin.

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    cutty

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • Don`t desert us, cutty! blackdog2 has become Batman to Ar-chants Jokers. Why don`t you offer to be Robin - I`m too old, I`ll go for Alfred the Butler`s job! Norwich is our answer to Gotham City.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • ...Delia could be Catwoman.....

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • BTW, Putney. I worked for Watney`s @ Mortlake in the late `60s & early `70s and dwelt in a tiny flatlet in Barnes SW14. Most people @ the brewery were Chelsea supporters but a few of us went to see Brentford or made the short trip to Craven Cottage to watch Fulham. Last season I predicted 47 points and our last-day win over Villa meant we reached that goal. I find it harder to predict this time; there may be a few more comings & goings yet, but 38 points is niggardly - though it could be enough to survive. I`m being rash here - 49 points, 10th place!! Enjoy the 18th! OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • I go along with that analysis, Swiss. There were the occasional clues to PL`s man management techniques. He was good at understated sarcasm, eg Hoolahoop`s "Easter-egg shape" and "common sense" after his silly penalty miss. He could be quite abrupt, as in the "Sit the **** down" to Voldemort when he assumed he was about to go on as sub. Holty got "the lad has to watch what he eats". An interesting coda used by PL was "for me". After praising his players "for me" clearly reminded us where the credit truly lay. Similarly "since I`ve been here" was a featured phrase. Like you, Swiss, I feel there is a lack of sparkle up front, but we know Holty is a feisty beast and if his new mate Pitbull can step up to the mark, they could be a formidable pairing. Maybe Cinnamon`s time has come, too? Hoots oozrs seeming serenity but his record @ the Toon & Brum shows he`s on the ball. Best choice we could have made. OTBC. IHWT.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • Batman2; blackdog2. Robin; canarygirl. Commissioner Gordon; der Grosskontroller. Chief O`Hara; cutty. Penguin, Joker, Riddler et al; Hacks. Dick Grayson`s sweet old auntie; Ged or Colin. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 11, 2012

  • Putney, I meant SW13. Used to have a beer with Edward Woodward (Callan) and Willoughby Goddard (Gesler from William Tell TV series) until I became famous. Happy, hazy days!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • This is the third attempt at trying to thank Brew and cutty for their endorsements!

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    blackdog2

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • On the Putney-living thing, Rotherwood Road 1982-83, first place after getting married, party-time.

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    Swiss Canary

    Friday, August 10, 2012

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