Poll: Michael Turner was our Norwich City Man of the Match against Arsenal, who was yours?

Michael Turner notches the latest goal from a City defender in the defeat at Arsenal. Picture: Paul

Michael Turner notches the latest goal from a City defender in the defeat at Arsenal. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Michael Turner is the embodiment of Norwich City's indomitable desire to haul themselves over the line in the Premier League.

The powerful centre-back may not have the refined edges to his game that suits all tastes, but Turner right now is a source of reassuring reliability.

The former Sunderland and Hull defender knows his game, knows his limitations, knows his strengths and is doing all he can at both ends of the field to repay the faith of Chris Hughton who stuck by Turner after a rocky start to his City career.

The centre-back is now simply indispensible and every bit as important at the heart of the Canaries' backline as Sebastien Bassong. Even in fresh adversity early on at the Emirates, like the impressive team work from Arsenal that robbed him of possession in the 27th minute, Turner refused to yield with a desperate sliding challenge to foil Gervinho.

Against Swansea he showcased his ability on the floor to sweep home a goal at the far post. At the Emirates it was that undoubted aerial prowess and sharp initial trigger movement to lose Laurent Koscielny for a split second that it took to despatch Robert Snodgrass' inviting cross.

But the chest block to deny Jack Wilshere at the opposite end was worthy of a goal following a mad scramble inside Mark Bunn's area. It was reminiscent of the same brave intervention to deny Jordi Gomez at Wigan recently. Turner has been immense in trying times.

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