Defender enjoying Canaries recallMICHAEL Turner is happy to be back playing a key role for Norwich City ahead of facing Sky Bet Championship promotion rivals Brentford at Carrow Road tomorrow (3pm).
Having been a regular feature for the opening months of the campaign, the former Bees defender lost his place in the starting XI following the Canaries’ defeat to Reading at the end of November.
Turner earned a recall following the appointment of Alex Neil, and told the media at Colney on Friday afternoon: “I’m very pleased to be back in the team, and back in a winning team.
“I missed five games when I was on the bench, and it’s frustrating when you don’t play, but you just get on with it. I’ve been back in since the new manager has come in, and have built up a lot of confidence over the last two weeks especially.
“Hopefully I can take that forward, because we all know the goal for the season is to get promotion. Everyone’s working hard to make sure it happens, and we’re in a half-decent position where if we win tomorrow we’ll be in touching distance of the top.”
City faced a stern test of their early-season promotion credentials when they faced Brentford at Griffin Park back in September, eventually securing a 3-0 win despite an impressive showing from the hosts.
Such performances have proven to be the bedrock of a successful season for Mark Warburton’s sixth-placed side, with the 31-year-old commenting: “They started the season really well, and kept that going because they’ve got a consistent team.
“We know it’s going to be a tough game. They’re in the play-off positions at the moment, which is somewhere where we need to be.
“If we beat Brentford tomorrow, we go above them, so it’s a great goal for us. We don’t fear anyone we play, and take each game as it comes.”
Brentford, Saturday January 24, 3pm
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