Michael Turner is ready to go into battle for Norwich City
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Norwich City need men with the moral fibre of Michael Turner to extricate themselves from a Premier League mess of their own making.
Turner's game may be built on toil and honest endeavour rather than the cultured promptings of some of the more illustrious foes he faces every week, but his honesty and integrity offer core values to cling to in City's current predicament. The powerful centre back has been in the professional game long enough to know the Canaries' limp efforts at Manchester City were unacceptable and the 30-year-old realises Chris Hughton's squad will be judged by deeds not words this evening against West Ham.
'I think we owe quite a few people,' he said. 'We let the manager down, we let ourselves down and the fans. Everyone really. It is up to us to put in some performances and that is the only way we can forget about what happened, by moving the club back in the right direction. Every game we go out in the aim is to pick up wins. I'm sure after what happened at Manchester City there will have been a backlash towards the manager and the players; we're the ones who go over that white line and it is down to us to put in a performance and justify the manager's faith. I don't know if people are discussing the manager's future. There has been no talk of that in the dressing room among the players.
'There will be pressure on us after last weekend's game but hopefully that can galvanise us and we can put on a performance for the whole club.
'We were obviously disappointed what happened last weekend and we have worked hard to put it right in training, but it was a setback.'
Turner revealed he had never suffered the ignominy of such a heavy defeat and the defender has no desire to repeat the experience.
'I haven't had a seven against me so that was a new one but I think every team and every player in the game has had these setbacks when you get a bit of hammering,' he said. 'It does test your character and your ability to bounce back. I'm sure there will be a lot of people looking at us now and looking to show what character we have.
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'In and around the training ground nothing has changed. The boys were down but that was understandable and we have picked each other up. The mood hasn't been too bad, to be fair with you. We were in straight after the game for a warm down and I think that was a good thing just to get in amongst each other and talk about it.
'It takes a couple of days to get it out of your system. We assessed the game early in the week but then you have to put it behind you and focus on this one.'
Turner knows the Canaries must give the Carrow Road support a cause to rally behind against the Hammers.
'Every home game we go into we feel confident. The performances have been good at home, although we haven't picked up the results we wanted,' he said. 'We aim to play well and pick up the points and if we do that we climb out of the bottom three and go above West Ham. That is how tight it is at the moment. It is crazy. We just look at the next game and that is West Ham. That is the game we have to fully focus on. In the position we are in you can only take the next game. We know there is an international break after that so it would be nice to win it and climb up the table and move on from there.'
Turner admires West Ham's approach to grinding out Premier League results despite exhibiting similar frailties in attacking areas.
'You know what you get from some teams and I'm sure Saturday will be no different,' he said. 'We are going to have to be prepared for that physical threat because they don't concede many and they've kept a lot of clean sheets. I like the physical side of the game so that is not a problem. We need to cut out the sloppy goals. I think we were perhaps unfortunate on a couple last