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7 August 2012

Canaries defender reflects on Hull City friendly

CITY new boy Michael Turner was delighted to play his part in City’s 0-0 draw with Hull City on Tuesday night in the Club’s penultimate pre-season clash.

The summer signing form Sunderland started his second pre-season friendly for the Club, and helped them secure a fourth clean sheet in the last five friendlies.

Turner played just over an hour before being replaced by Leon Barnett, and was happy to get another run-out, particularly against the club played for between 2006 and 2009.

He told Canaries Player: “It’s always nice coming back to one of your former clubs, especially after the success we had here during my time.

“There wasn’t a huge crowd, but it’s still nice to come back to the KC Stadium and play in front of the Hull fans, and it was a good workout for us tonight.

“It’s not gone too badly so far, I’ve played 60 minutes in two games, and I felt stronger in the second half against Hull than I did against MK Dons. 

“It’s all about getting minutes under your belt, and hopefully I can get some more on Saturday and be ready for the first game.”

Turner joined up with the City squad following a pre-season tour to South Korea with Sunderland – meaning he was a few days behind Chris Hughton’s men in terms of his pre-season fitness programme.

He added: “It did take it out of me going to Korea with Sunderland,  and then coming straight back to try and get the deal done with Norwich. But I’m pleased that I’m back in training now and playing games.

“The best way to get your fitness up is by playing games of football and being out on the pitch. I was feeling stronger and stronger as the game went on.

“I think as a team the way we played tonight was very solid. We limited them to very few chances. 

“On the offence side we got into a few good positions, and generally we were pleased with the shape of the team.

“It’s nice to keep clean sheet and defend as a team, so hopefully we can take that into the league campaign.”

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