Audio: Norwich City captain Grant Holt backs Michael Turner

Michael Turner is booked during his excellent performance against Arsenal. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images Michael Turner is booked during his excellent performance against Arsenal. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
10:13 AM

Skipper Grant Holt believes summer signing Michael Turner will win over the Norwich City boo boys and prove the qualities he brings to Chris Hughton’s squad.

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The centre-back arrived from Sunderland in pre-season but suffered an inauspicious start to his City career at Fulham on opening day, and he has struggled to win favour with some of the Carrow Road ever since.

In fact, Turner’s name was jeered by a minority of Norwich supporters before kick-off in City’s trip to Chelsea and Saturday’s visit from Arsenal – despite him being far from alone in fault for some of the Canaries’ poorer early efforts.

However, after an excellent 90 minutes alongside fellow summer recruit Sebastien Bassong – the first time the pair had played together – helped deliver City’s fantastic clean sheet and 1-0 victory over the high flying Gunners, the perception of Turner among the home faithful appears to have altered.

And match-winner Holt hopes that trend continues for the 28-year-old.

“It’s hard because when the games have been played he has always been made the scapegoat,” said Holt.

“I never hear anyone talk about Newcastle, where I thought he was unbelievable. He was probably the best centre-half on the pitch there, but no one mentions that one.

“He’s a good lad, Michael. You see what you get, his desire and willing to win. It’s never easy when you’re in out in out, and hopefully that performance against Arsenal will give him the kick-start to go on and play a lot of games now.”

While Turner’s City career is in its infancy, Holt’s status is already legendary.

And on Saturday, like a lot of his team-mates, he will come up against the man who helped him become a Premier League force – Paul Lambert.

The ex-City boss has his hands full trying to turnaround the fortunes of Aston Villa, who have continued to struggle despite the Scot’s acrimonious departure from Carrow Road and subsequent summer appointment at Villa Park.

And while fans on both sides of the argument will be hungry to see their team come out on top after Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off, Holt will be keeping things strictly personal.

“I think so (this weekend will feel different); it’ll be different going into the game and seeing him bouncing around in the other dugout as he does,” said Holt of Lambert.

“But we’ll be going there to win, and it doesn’t make a difference who’s in the dugout for that.

“We want to win the game and that’s certainly what we’ll try to do.”

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2 comments

  • Well said Holty. I`m glad to be wrong about Mike Turner. He has a pretty good career CV after all.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, October 25, 2012

  • Good to see Holty supporting his player. I`ve criticised Turner, like many others. But I want to be proved wrong and that process started vs Arsenal.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, October 25, 2012

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