Defender says spirit is permanent in the Canaries' campMICHAEL Turner believes the positive outlook maintained by he and his Norwich City teammates will be the driving force behind a return to form.
The experienced defender – ever-present for the Canaries in the league this season – says the squad are as together as ever as they try to improve a run that has seen them triumph once in their last nine matches.
“We’re still in a positive mindset. We’re relatively pleased with how we’ve played in games, we’re kind of baffled by the fact that we haven’t picked up as many points as we know we should have done,” Turner told canaries.co.uk.
“There is a good camaraderie between the players, and it’s been like ever since we came back for pre-season.
“The disappointment of last year quickly vanished. We set our goals for this season and everybody has bought into the idea of what we want to do. The team spirit amongst the boys is really good and I think that’s what will come through in the end.
“We know where we’ve been going wrong and we’re working hard to put it right, but generally as a team and as a club, we feel that we are doing the right things so hopefully it’s only a matter of time before things change and we get a few wins together and start climbing the league again.”
City welcome Reading to Carrow Road this weekend looking for the points that would keep them in touch with the top six in the Sky Bet Championship table.
Turner, 31, thinks it’s an important match in the context of their campaign, insisting that it’s been on the players’ radars since the final whistle sounded on the 3-3 draw with Brighton.
“This game couldn’t have come around quickly enough really after Saturday,” he said.
“It’s an important match, as they all have been recently, but this one is key. We feel like we need to get a victory and move onto the next one. It’s a big game for us.
“We know we need to pick up victories soon, but we feel we’re not far away in doing that. If we continue to do the things that we know we’re good at, then we won’t be far off.”
New First-Team Coach Mike Phelan will take his place in the dugout for the first time this weekend after linking up with the staff at Colney Training Centre on Thursday.
Turner says he and the players are looking forward to what the ex-City captain has to offer on the training pitch alongside Neil Adams and Gary Holt.
“With what he’s achieved in terms of coaching and playing, he’s someone we will all look up to and listen to. It will be a new voice for us to learn from and hopefully he can improve us still,” he added.
“I’m sure will put a perspective on things in terms of training and the methods he will come up with. I think everyone is looking forward to working with him.”
Michael Turner was speaking to canaries.co.uk at the launch of Norwich City's brand new commercial partnership with Barnham Broom Hotel & Country Club. To learn more, click HERE.