Turner happy with form

  • Last Updated: October 25 2012, 15:59 BST

Defender Michael Turner believes he is at last beginning to silence the doubters after a rocky start to his Norwich career.

Michael Turner: Admits to 'sticky start'

Turner delivered a brilliant defensive performance in Norwich's first Premier League win of the season against Arsenal last weekend despite his name having been booed by some of the home fans prior to kick-off.

Now he is hoping to show the consistency he displayed in 190 league matches for Hull City and Sunderland, starting with Saturday's visit to Aston Villa.

Turner said: "It has been a bit of a sticky start. It has been frustrating, but to get that win was key for my confidence and that of the whole place.

"You just have to work hard. I got my chance on Saturday and it was a great performance from the whole team. There are going to be tough times during the campaign. It's important when you have setbacks that you bounce back."

Turner's setbacks have been considerable considering his previous league starts this season were in Norwich's 5-0 defeat against Fulham on the first day, while he was at the core of the defence again when Norwich were beaten 5--2 by Liverpool at Carrow Road.

Such defeats are bound to affect a defender's confidence but Norwich manager Chris Hughton had no hesitation in throwing Turner back in to partner Sebastian Bassong.

Hughton, who signed 28-year-old Turner in the summer, said: "It has been a difficult start for him. He has been in and out of the team and in Michael's defence he had a disrupted pre-season.

"He had been used to playing games but we have competition. I am pleased for him because he is an experienced player who has played a lot of Premier League games."

The Norwich defence was key in keeping a clean sheet against Arsenal last weekend and this Saturday's game is intriguing if only because it pitches Norwich against a side now managed by former boss Paul Lambert.

Lambert left Carrow Road in acrimonious circumstances in the summer after three successful years and wrangles over compensation payments are still ongoing.

Turner admits the Lambert factor gives the game a piquant twist.

He said: "We have not talked about it too much but it adds extra spice to the game that Paul Lambert was here last year.

"He will know all the players individually and will be relaying that to his team but I am sure some of our boys know what style he plays. It makes it a bit more intriguing that we are playing against the old manager.

"But we won't be distracted in any way. A lot will be made in the media about the Paul Lambert thing but we just want to get points on the board. It's important that we build on the good win we had last week."

For his own part Turner hopes the boo boys have been silenced for good.

"There were a few doubters after the first few games and I was disappointed with my performances," he said. "But you just have to deal with it. If I get a run in the team then the fans will see I can put in consistent performances.

"I have worked hard in training and just got on with it and beating a top team like Arsenal made it all the more special."

Hughton has no new injury concerns although reserve goalkeeper Mark Bunn will not travel to Villa Park but could be available for Wednesday's Capital One Cup match against Tottenham, as could full back Stephen Whittaker following his long-term ankle injury.


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