Norwich City accept – and have answered – their recent criticism, says Michael Turner

Michael Turner will miss the next few weeks after damaging his hamstring over Norwich's festive campaign. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Michael Turner will miss the next few weeks after damaging his hamstring over Norwich's festive campaign. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Thursday, December 12, 2013
12:13 PM

Norwich City had to deal with plenty of criticism before their relieving win at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday – but Michael Turner is confident they have gone some way to proving they are a better side than their critics believe.

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Victory in the West Midlands helped lift Chris Hughton’s side a few notches up the Premier League table, but most usefully was the fact it ended a damaging run of results away from home that was piling pressure on City’s home form.

And while Turner wouldn’t argue with the fact the Canaries were having to deal with the criticism, he hopes they have provided the ideal response.

“People have written us off and we took criticism that we probably deserved after some of the bad results we have had,” said Turner. “We had a couple of huge setbacks but we have now showed as a group we will come back fighting. We have galvanised each other and stuck together.

“We have had some great results this year as well as some really bad ones, but hopefully we can take confidence from this and just go on from there.

“The lads will always stick together. It is hard when you have let in so many goals and sometimes you go out there thinking are we going to let in an early one?

“We have not really had the rub of the green away from home – but you make your own luck really.”

Turner is also delighted to see goalkeeper John Ruddy back to his imperious best.

“As a team to concede so many goals is disappointing so I dread to think what it is like for a goalkeeper letting in so many goals,” said Turner. “But it’s just one of those things and he has showed what a top class keeper he is.”

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20 comments

  • Spot on Kevin, a decent attack minded coach would go a long way to improving our team.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • TURNER---shut up

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    superfan59

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • Norman Hall, you are completely inaccurate when you say "by all accounts the win was tenuous". I was there, as was my son and very few of the people around us thought it was tenuous (whatever you think that means). I have no problem with people criticising the team etc, but please base it on facts and reality, not "by all accounts".

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    PaulWho

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • Once again the journalists have put words into the footballer's mouth. Norman, is there anything rash about what Turner actually said?

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    Pierre

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • After a good three points last week, the victory was somewhat tenuous and although welcome does not go too far to rectify the many matches that we have had to endure with miserable tactics and performances.

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    VictorM

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • Cecil, many thanks for bringing such an interesting debate to the table. How do we define exactly what it is that we want to see? After all, in this case of purchase, we are the customers. Were we to vote with our feet, the club that most of us cherish would become but a decomposing landfill site full of methane and memories. [I should at this point, distinguish between the kind of customers who have a choice in what they buy, as opposed to the kind of customers who buy commodities such as water. People in these circumstances are merely victims, in the sense that there is no choice unless they want to die of exhaustion.] Consider the case of Blackpool, who a couple of seasons ago took their eloquent style of football with them down into the Championship. The poets amongst us bemoaned the parting of the Tangerine Dream that had too much fizz and not enough substance in their bones. Juxtapose this example of the beautiful game, if you will for a second, with the thuggery of the great train robbers of the eighties and nineties that was once Wimbledon FC. Their style encompassed kicking the ball into the penalty box, hoping that it might bounce over the goalkeeper’s head and into the net, while Vinnie Jones did ‘a bit of damage’ to an opponent’s physique, and all gasped at the horror of yet another smash and grab raid. It certainly wasn’t like looking at a Monet sunset, but did arguably achieve results, and dare I say produced a couple of household names en route, though admittedly, not the kind of household names that we would welcome to our repertoire. Ah, but what has become of them? At one time, there might have been a willingness to sacrifice for the greater good, by which I mean that entertainment value was thought of as equally important as ‘the result’. Now of course, we live in a society where all are obsessed with results, and while, like the rush of crack or heroine may be exciting while it lasts, the longer term effects might not be so desirable. Thanks once again Cecil.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • PaulWho again??? I was being ironical about a previous comment. "Tenous" was not my word but I did agree with the assessment. Actually, I feel that your implication that my English is substandard is a reflection upon you. So what you are actually saying is that you and your son are right and all others wrong. I suggest you read the comments thoroughly before answering and stick to facts .38% of play and 27 shots against does suggest that City were not in control of the game.

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    norman hall

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • ….. HO!..HO! HO! ….'It's the season of Goodwill to all men'....except for a few on my 'BLACK LIST!'.....you all know who I mean!.....HO!..HO!.. HO!.........Goodness me!...am I allowed to say that?.....I really meant those who hold a different point of view to myself, and are entirely WRONG!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • "and sometimes you go out there thinking are we going to let in an early one?" Bit of a negative way to think at the start of the game. The team on occasions can appear negative from the start especially against the bigger teams. Arsenal was an exception, but it's worrying to know that when we face opposition away from home that thought is in his mind, never mind the fans. I think they should think about how much they're getting paid and thinking about every way possible they can apply themselves on the pitch to justify there wages. Before I get any stick about being negative, I think Hughton is the right man for the job and I believe we can still have a very good season.

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    Hello Neil

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • Turner may regret his words. By all accounts the win against WBA was "tenous".38% possession and 27 shots against suggests just that. Both goals were good individual efforts but still too many players drifting around with very little organisation.When City have two or three good results then maybe Turner can start to make such statements. CH seems to see City as being perennial Premiership strugglers. Why? Only lack of ambition accepts this scenario. Liverpool and Man .Utd., are two clubs that grew into the successful clubs that they are today. Two inspired managers bought this success. Bill Shankly and Matt Busby. CH does not even come close to these giants. Settling for second best means that you remain second best.

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    norman hall

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • Lets keep our feet on the ground, yes it was a good 3 points but its only one game, Ruddy certainly kept us in the game. If Hughton stays we need a shake up with the backroom staff, an offensive coach is def. needed!

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    kevin

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • Cecil, many thanks for bringing such an interesting debate to the table. How do we define exactly what it is that we want to see? After all, in this case of purchase, we are the customers. Were we to vote with our feet, the club that most of us cherish would become but a decomposing landfill site full of methane gas and memories. [I should at this point, distinguish between the kind of customers who have a choice in what they buy, as opposed to the kind of customers who buy commodities such as water. People in these circumstances are merely victims, in the sense that there is no choice unless they want to die from exhaustion.] Consider the case of Blackpool, who a couple of seasons ago took their eloquent style of football with them down into the Championship. The poets amongst us bemoaned the parting of the Tangerine Dream that had too much fizz and not enough substance in their bones. Juxtapose this example of the beautiful game, if you will for a second, with the thuggery of the great train robbers of the eighties and nineties that was once Wimbledon FC. Their style encompassed kicking the ball into the penalty box, hoping that it might bounce over the goalkeeper’s head and into the net, while Vinnie Jones did ‘a bit of damage’ to an opponent’s physique, and all gasped at the horror of yet another smash and grab raid. It certainly wasn’t like looking at a Monet sunset, but did arguably achieve results, and dare I say produced a couple of household names en route, though admittedly, not the kind of household names that we would welcome to our repertoire. Ah, but what has become of them? At one time, there might have been a willingness to sacrifice for the greater good, by which I mean that entertainment value was thought of as equally important as ‘the result’. Now of course, we live in a society where all are obsessed with results, and while, like the rush of adrenaline may be exciting while it lasts, the longer term effects might not be so desirable. Thanks once again Cecil.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • 'PaulWho' It's a shame that you put forward an opinion and then call someone, who has a different a opinion to your own a "miserable troll". This is where I switch off to all your points of view !!

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    Lobbo

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • A lot of the criticism here was answered by playing 2 up front and a winger on his correct side.Not before time.I'm not too sure about the need for an attack minded coach.The manager decides the game plan and what is needed is an attack minded manager.I.'m far from sure CH falls into that category.I hope he proves me wrong, and if he does I shall be the first to say so.OTBC

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    irongloves

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • I submitted a comment but it did not get posted so I'm starting again... I said thanks to you too BPbp and that I had seen BP himself and remember his patch. Then I asked you whether you meant that if we played sexy football we'd go down and reminded you that the most watchable NCFC side had also attained the highest end-of-season league position. I went on to quote and agree with Danny Blanchflower that "The great fallacy is that the game is first and last about winning. It is nothing of the kind. The game is about glory, it is about doing things in style and with a flourish, about going out and beating the other lot, not waiting for them to die of boredom."

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    Cecil

    Saturday, December 14, 2013

  • When youre an away fan and your side wins 0-2 youre going to be happy. So I was happy with the goals and with the result but not with the overall performance. We're just not playing the kind of football I like to watch, and with CH I think we never shall.

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    Cecil

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • Norman, I was not implying anything, I was saying you are wrong. You said "by ALL accounts" I was pointing out that the simple fact that the people around me who were at the game would disagree. This clearly means that in can not be by all accounts. If you want to be a miserable troll go ahead but at least try to be accurate, amusing and original.

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    PaulWho

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • “We have not really had the rub of the green away from home – but you make your own luck really. Indeed, and we were just a bit unlucky at Liverpool and Man City. I'd expand on this if I had more grey matter, but, on no one's account would I want to be misconstrued as being rash, and certainly not tenuous''

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • I think the mention of Ruddy being back to his best was a major reason as to why we won against WBA. Lets all hope he carries that form into the next few games and that the defence gives him adequate cover then all will be fine and we can look forward to moving away from the clubs beneathe us.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • There is nothing tenuous about a 2-0 win. Everyone points to the 38% possession as being a bit poor, but what we sacrificed there was more than made up for by offensive potency and a clean sheet speaks for itself. Mystified why anyone wants to denigrate what was a good performance by trying to belittle it as 'tenuous'.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

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