Norwich City’s Michael Turner - We’ve all got to stick together

Michael Turner typified the resolve in Norwich City's squad with his superb second-half goal - and reaction - against...

Michael Turner typified the resolve in Norwich City's squad with his superb second-half goal - and reaction - against Swansea. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City defender Michael Turner believes the Canaries' performance against Swansea illustrated the importance of the club sticking together at this crucial time.

Many fans feared the worst after Michu opened the scoring in the 35th minute with cries of 'Hughton…sort it out!' audibly emanating from the Barclay.

Turner admitted he and his team-mates could feel the mood around Carrow Road start to turn against them until Robert Snodgrass' leveller before the break.

But the former Sunderland man believes City had demonstrated a strength of character that could yet secure a third consecutive season in the Premier League.

'I think we showed today after the first half that we all stick together,' said Turner, who has been one of the club's shining lights this season after a difficult start to his Carrow Road career.


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'You can sense it in the crowd but we were all saying to each other 'don't listen to the crowd, stick to our gameplan and we will be fine'.

'We are capable of winning games and defending really well as a team. I'm sure if continue to stick together and keep working hard then we will be fine.'

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Norwich threatened to capitulate after Michu's goal with Nathan Dyer having a very good chance to double Swansea's lead shortly afterwards.

This led to a very visible exchange of views between Sebastien Bassong and Javier Garrido over exactly who should have picked up the Swans winger. However, Turner insists no-one should be worried at the sight of two team-mates having an on-field disagreement.

'We are just showing our passion and we want to do well for each other and the team,' he said. 'A couple of people felt that someone wasn't doing their job so they were told.

'That's part and parcel of it, we always do that. Just because the crowd is on our back it was highlighted a bit.

'I was pleased with the way we stuck together in a trying time in the first half. Our backs were to the wall and we rode it out and got better in the second half.'

Turner's superb finish on the hour mark looked to have secured three priceless points for City until Luke Moore's equaliser gave Swansea what Turner felt were a deserved share of the spoils given their first half showing.

'It was a shame my goal wasn't the winner although on the balance of play it was probably a fair result,' said Turner.

'They had a lot of the ball and they probably had better chances than us. We felt comfortable when we were in the lead but it was disappointing not to see it through.'

Turner showed a striker's instinct to put Norwich in the lead as he notched his second goal of the season and was a menace to the Swans back line at every attacking set-piece.

'I felt that I was quite a threat from set-pieces,' he said.

'I was unlucky not to score in the first half and it was great to score in the second.

'I've run around the back – it was a good ball in – and I've managed to get it on the half volley and kept it under the crossbar.'

Turner admitted he didn't have to show the kind of cunning of a young Jimmy Greaves to manufacture some space for himself as he was left completely free at the back post.

'There wasn't much movement! I go up for all the set pieces – I've not had that many opportunities this season so I was pleased to be a bit of threat today.'

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