Defender Michael Turner insists he will be match fit and ready for the big Premier League kick-off when Norwich City head for Fulham in 10 days’ time.

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The new signing from Sunderland played an hour of last night’s goalless draw against Hull City at the KC Stadium – the Canaries’ penultimate pre-season friendly under new manager Chris Hughton – to follow his 65 minutes against MK Dons last Friday on his first appearance in club colours.

The 28-year-old centre-half was back on familiar territory as a former Hull player, and was well satisfied to help his new club to their fourth clean sheet in five domestic warm-up games.

As City prepare for their last friendly against Borussia Monchengladbach at Carrow Road on Saturday, Turner said: “I’ve played 60 to 65 minutes in both games so far and I felt stronger in the second half tonight 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 another 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 was feeling stronger and stronger as the game went on.”

Another goalless draw means City 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.

“I think as a team, the way we defended tonight was very solid,” he said. “It’s where you start from because if you’re keeping clean sheets you know you’re going to get something from a game.

“We’ll need to take the good work we’ve been doing and take it 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.”

42 comments

  • The Crab - as you say, sometimes the comment does not appear at the top of the screen, which is why I refreshed. The point is that if you close the page and open it again, if the comment was in fact accepted, then it will appear.

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    Dobbino

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Sounds like a job for agents Scully and Mulder...

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    Dobbino

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • As I understand it, "Error 503" is what your computer tells you when the server running the website you are contacting is unable to handle your input due to a temporary overloading or maintenance of the server. I can't imagine that the server is being constantly maintained but it does seem to be easily overloaded.

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • This is Ged in disguise without diamonds.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • The various problems here could be solved simply. A swear filter which users can turn on or off is a no-brainer. Have just made account on w.o.t.b. under the same name. See you all there!

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    Scrimmage Canary

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • BTW - did the duplicate by hitting refresh.

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    Dobbino

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • The writer of David Copperfield may not be mentioned on this board!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • I'm a good boy. Never press submit twice, but still get some comments duplicated and others rejected for multiple submissions with none of them being published. Archant, we have a problem. Sorry, Archant you have a problem. Sort it out!

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    Sprowstonboy

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • HA! HA! HA! YOU CAN'T BE SERIOUS! THIS PROVES MY POINT.

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    Sprowstonboy

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • I tried boxing gloves, but, they didn't keep the harem of virgins away...

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    Scrimmage Canary

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • Off Dickens just now. Lines from "Cool Hand Luke" come to mind. I paraphrase; "What we have here, Luke, is a failure to communicate.....get your mind right, Luke".

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Me too, BVP! But there could still be a bit of business to be done, in and out. Naughton is reportedly being released by Spurs (at a price!). Rhodes doesn`t fancy the riotous Blackburn. Berra & C. Davis could still be in the frame. See that word of the moment "insists" features yet again. Insistent lot, Naaaridge! OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • Although I think you can take pre-season results with a large dose of salt, I can't help but think we are running light on our options both in defence and in attack. At this stage, I see survival as the only realistic objective for the coming season. If we achieve this, I'd be happy!

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    BureValleyPaddy

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • Just a comment re the duplicates - if you submit a post and refresh the page, the post will be duplicated. It's best to close the page and then reload it from scratch to see whether the post has been accepted.

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    Dobbino

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • I'm a good boy. Never press submit twice, but still get some comments duplicated and others rejected for multiple submissions with none of them being published. Archant, we have a problem. Sorry, Archant you have a problem. Sort it out!

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    Sprowstonboy

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • 2 attempts to show solidarity with Swiss have been ethered. I look forword to finding out why, but will not hold my breath.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • suppose if we hit Hard Times ,and feel we are in a Bleak House, could we not sign Edwin Drood

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Brew's posts are 'twice as nice' (said in a Jamaican accent). I think clean sheets are a good place to start and then take it from there. Well, that's what I've been personally aiming for recently. Now, as for football...

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    Scrimmage Canary

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • You offensive, Swiss? I don`t belieeeeve it! Really. I was once "offensived" for a direct quote from Pickwick Papers, a product of that notorious filth-monger, Charles Dickens. Now, he WAS a journalist!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • It's not just you Brew ;-) A web comment you posted has been rejected by a site moderator. Article Name: Norwich City boss Chris Hughton poised to lose key international quartet. Comment: SENSORED Reason: - offensive

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • Well Brew I've never had a duplicate in my life except when I press submit twice! Your posts must be like New York, New York, so good they are posted twice.

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    goldie

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • And I thought they were just echoes across the mountains and valleys of Norfolk!

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    BureValleyPaddy

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • Then, at some future date, I get an in-box full of e-mails telling me my stuff has been rejected for some reason or "other". Often items just disappear without trace.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • I was once "offensived" for quoting from Charles Dickens....... We could cast Snoddy in "Great Expectorations".

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • duplicates or 'ghosts in the machine' as Isaac Asimov postulated in I Robot,we could be in at the beginning of A I a new life form, not long till kick off now only 10 days , then i can see the Hoots first first eleven. My guess is Ruddy,Martin R,Turner,Bennett R,Tierney,Surman,Howson,Snodgrass,Hoolahan,Holt and Martin C. { probably maybe not quite }

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • and dads army and fawlty towers get ethered !

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • I`ve tried very hard by the Scrim Method. Now getting cross, so will desist. Well done, Ahcan`ters.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Dickens hmmm never been to one, bad 1960 collegiate joke. Well MB couldnt get Pilks and Snoddy on at the same time so Pilks on bench with pitbull and cinnamon ,little benno and ward ,bennett and declan r

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Wot abart Pitbull, Pilks & Cinnamon, Wiv? Attempt #2.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Duplicate not of my doing!!

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • Is "Charles Dickens" a verboten phrase??

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Me too, BVP! But there could still be a bit of business to be done, in and out. Naughton is reportedly being released by Spurs (at a price!). Rhodes doesn`t fancy the riotous Blackburn. Berra & C. Davis could still be in the frame. See that word of the moment "insists" features yet again. Insistent lot, Naaaridge! OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • Just a comment re the duplicates - if you submit a post and refresh the page, the post will be duplicated. It's best to close the page and then reload it from scratch to see whether the post has been accepted.

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    Dobbino

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Not allowed to quote from "Cool Hand Luke" either!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Dobbino, sometimes when I submit, a white screen ensues proclaiming "Error 503" and inviting me to try again by refreshing. Then it appears twice. Sometimes it just appears twice anyway. More often, it doesn`t appear at all!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • I thought a spelling mistake might do it!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Just when I was beginning to hope that my stuff was b******s like everybody else`s but in duplicate. I like the resonance, though.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • puns through subs bench gone to who knows where

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Why refresh at all Dobbino? When you click on "Submit", the page refreshes itself anyway, and if you're lucky (some of us aren't) your comment appears at the top of the list, with the comment box empty again ready for your next posting. It's when you refresh this screen that you get your duplicate post.

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    The Crab

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Interesting pick there, Wiv. C. Martin & Surs ahead of Pitbull, Pilks & Cinnamon? Do you have "insiders" on this? I cannot believe Swiss posts "offensive" stuff. Then I`ve had stuff deemed offensive when it was a straight quote from Pickwick Papers, a work of that notorious pornographer, Charles Dickens. Now, he WAS a journalist worthy of the name. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Apparently Ged & Billythebookie find that wearing boxing gloves in bed helps them with keeping clean sheet too !

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    Dubai Canary

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • I like Ged and Bilie's posts. They remind me of the world we have left behind.Hoping to see a serious work out on Saturday.

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    Pondlife

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

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