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Home form key for Turner, Norwich

6 March 2013 21:56

Norwich defender Michael Turner has highlighted the importance of the club's home form as they seek Premier League survival.

Carrow Road has witnessed a number of sensational showings from Chris Hughton's men, with their thrilling 2-1 victory over high-flying Everton the latest in a list of conquests that includes Arsenal and champions-elect Manchester United.

And as his side looks to extend the eight point gap between them and the relegation battle beneath them, Turner is optimistic that his side can rise further from danger when they entertain Southampton on Saturday.

"I think at home we have always felt confident that we can at least pick up points from games, and I think we have shown that," she told the Norfolk Eastern Daily Press.

"There have only been a couple of games where we have really let ourselves down. Apart from those, we have been strong and we have always felt that we have got a chance of beating teams.

"We will obviously be taking on every game fully focused and aiming to put more points on the board.

"We have got a bit of breathing space between ourselves and the bottom three, but we know what we need to do to stay clear of it and Southampton is a huge game where we will be looking to put in a performance at home again."

Turner came under fire upon his arrival at Carrow Road after a string of performances that saw Norwich claim just two points from their first six outings, with the defender making his debut in a 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Fulham.

But since the arrival of defensive partner Sebastien Bassong, the two have established a partnership that has brought out the best in the former Sunderland man.

"I have always believed in my ability that I could perform consistently well for this club, and the last few weeks have obviously been very pleasing for me," added Turner.

"Old Trafford was disappointing, but it is just one of those things. As a team, we will look to dust ourselves down and get ready for Southampton."

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