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TURNER ON SUNDERLAND

16 March 2013

Defender hoping to keep out old employers

CITY's Michael Turner is hoping the side can add to their impressive number of Premier League clean sheets in the closing stages of the season… starting against his former club Sunderland on Sunday afternoon.

The central defender has more often than not been part of a Canaries back four that has kept out the opposition nine times in the 29 top flight games so far.

Turner returns to the Stadium of Light for the first time since his summer switch, and says City will be striving to keep his former team-mates out while going for the three points themselves.

“The clean sheets are something we’re proud of as a team. If we keep more between now and the end of the season, that will put us in a good position,” said the 29-year-old.

“We go into every away game looking to win the game. It’s disappointing that we’ve only won one, but if we keep conducting ourselves as we have been then I’m sure another one is just around the corner.

“It’ll be a tough game for us though as they’ll be looking at it is as a game they can win.”

He spent three seasons on Wearside and says he’s happy to have the chance to see a few familiar faces, but admits he’s didn’t expect the Black Cats to struggle as much as they have this term.

“Yeah I’m looking forward to going back and seeing a few old friends from Sunderland, but I haven’t spoken to anyone there about the game,” he added.

“I’m a little bit surprised at where they are. They had a bit of a slow start and then picked up, and I thought they were going to push on but it hasn’t happened that way.

“The fans will be disappointed with the league position, so hopefully it will be an opportunity for us to go there and keep them quiet.

Turner believes he has found his best form after a mixed start at Carrow Road, and hopes he can contribute in the run-in to help achieve the Club’s ultimate aim of survival in the Premier League.

“I’ve been pleased with my form of late. I always knew if I played consistently, then I’d show consistent form,” he explained.

“The ten-game run, where we put in some great performances and picked up a lot of points, was the platform for my season really. I’m pleased with how it’s gone of late.

“There are going to be twists and turns between now and the end of the season – we play Sunderland who are below us, and then we play Wigan who are down there as well. We’ve got big games coming up, so if we can through those and stay in a decent position, we’ll be confident.”

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