Norwich City defender Michael Turner’s eyes are on the top prize ahead of first return to Brentford

Frederico Macheda of Cardiff and Michael Turner of Norwich in action during the Sky Bet Championship

Frederico Macheda of Cardiff and Michael Turner of Norwich in action during the Sky Bet Championship match at the Cardiff City Stadium, CardiffPicture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 64026713/09/2014 - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Michael Turner is refusing to downplay the opportunity Norwich City have to reach the Championship summit this evening.

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Jos Hooiveld took only 90 minutes to throw himself into Norwich City's newly rediscovered rapport between players and its supporters. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

The Canaries know a victory at Brentford should send them to the top of the early-season standings, for 24 hours at least, with current leaders Nottingham Forest not in action until tomorrow against struggling Fulham. And even though only six league matches have been played this season, Turner insists hitting the front would still provide a good feeling for the players at Carrow Road.

The centre-back said: 'This is another important game, as they all are, and we feel we can go into every game and win them. Tonight will be no different.

'In this league, teams that start well have shown before they can pull away early and go on to run away with it. We're taking each game as it comes and if we can win and go top it would be a great achievement from us.

'Being at the top – that's where every team wants to be. When you're up there you want to stay there so I think it's importance for confidence that you see yourself at the top flying high.'


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Turner, inset, returns to Griffin Park for the first time since he left the club to join Hull City in 2006. The promoted Bees have started the campaign impressively and their former player feels they can continue to excel among the second tier.

'I had some great nights for Brentford. It's a nice little tight old school stadium and the fans really get behind the team,' added the 30-year-old defender who scored during Saturday's 4-2 win at Cardiff.

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'They're one of the sides whose results I do look out for. I was pleased to see them get promotion to the Championship which they'd been threatening to do for a long time. It's great for the club and I believe that Brentford can get bigger and bigger.'

Wolves are the only side to have beaten the Yellows so far this season and sit third, three places above Norwich's opponents tonight. They, like Brentford, have adapted well to plying their trade at a higher-level so Turner is expecting another tough test for his promotion hopefuls.

'They've had an excellent start,' said the integral part of Neil Adams' back four.

'I'm sure they're pleased with how their games have gone. It's a great achievement from them. We know it's going to be a tough game as we found when we went to Wolves, another promoted team.

'We need to be at it if we're going to get anything from the game. Everyone's just looking forward to the games coming up and hopefully getting more wins.'

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