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Sunday, December 8, 2013
Michael Turner missed out on Norwich City’s last two outings – the previously traditional edgy home victory followed by a heavy defeat on the road. But the break seemed to do him the power of good on his return at The Hawthorns.
As the man himself admitted, there was the usual extra motivation any player has when he gets a fresh chance to claim his first-team spot, having picked up a slight knock. But given the almost sole responsibility Turner seemed to take at heading clear West Brom’s numerous corners, it also felt like the big centre-back had taken it upon himself to act on some of what he had seen during his short stint on the sidelines.
Maybe he was also in a hurry – given his wife was expected to give birth to the Turners’ first child at any moment on Saturday.
“I will be rushing home,” said Turner. “You tend to forget about it when you are out there on the pitch, but it is in the forefront of my mind now. I can’t wait to get home to see my wife.”
Fortunately – and through no mean effort either – Turner could travel home with a smile on his face simply due to the football.
“That is a massive result for us,” said Turner. “As a group of lads we have had a couple of massive setbacks in the season. But we showed here we are all sticking together and on our day we are a match for good teams.
“The start of the second half was like the Alamo and backs to the wall stuff. And you feel it is only a matter of time before they score. But everyone dug in and defended manfully really, and to get the second goal and relax a little in the last few minutes was very pleasing.
“We showed resolute defending and they missed a great chance with (Stephane) Sessegnon, and he’ll be disappointed he didn’t put it away and maybe change the game.
“But after that I can’t remember them having too many clear cut chances. (Shane) Long’s header was well saved by John (Ruddy). That save was top drawer.
“So we are pleased with how we defended from front to back, especially in that second half. John came out and claimed plenty of crosses. It is always nice for defenders when your keeper is coming out and helping you out.
“It was a big game for me to come back into the team. I was motivated to play well and the team has too.”
Turner spared a thought for City’s travelling fans who, despite little recent reward and a 5-1 midweek hammering at Liverpool, still made the trip to The Hawthorns – more than 2,100 of them.
“There was good numbers of them here and you do have to think with the results we’ve had away, it is unbelievable for them to turn out in their numbers as they have done with some of the bad results we have had. So all credit to them.
“They’re great supporters and they’ve had a great day.”