Turner seeks an escape route

02 May 2014 04:01

Norwich defender Michael Turner admits the relegation-threatened Canaries are looking for big favours from other clubs as they bid to stay in the Barclays Premier League.

The Canaries will travel to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday knowing their Barclays Premier League status is seriously endangered.

Five successive defeats have seen Norwich fall into the bottom three with just two fixtures remaining. Arsenal will be the visitors to Carrow Road on the final day, following on from the tough test in west London.

Neil Adams has yet to take a point as Norwich manager since replacing Chris Hughton last month, and will now be tasked with pulling off what many see as a next-to-impossible challenge.

With fellow relegation candidates Sunderland, Cardiff and Fulham all playing 24 hours before Norwich kick off at Chelsea, Turner and his team-mates will all be listening out for updates.

"I'm sure when we are travelling down we will be aware of the results going on," he said.

"It is out of our hands so we will be aware of the results coming in and obviously we need teams to do us favours but when it comes to it on Sunday we need to make sure we do ourselves justice.

"Last weekend, Hull getting the draw at Fulham was a lift to us and then we disappointed going out there ourselves. It is about what we do, first and foremost, because if we don't do the job there is no point other teams doing us favours."

Norwich sit in 18th place with goal difference keeping them below Sunderland, who have a game in hand but a tricky trip to Manchester United on Saturday.

Turner had a three-year spell at the Stadium of Light, which included a memorable 3-0 win at Chelsea, and the 30-year-old knows just how good a visiting side have to be to take the points from Stamford Bridge.

"It is a big team effort," Turner said. "You need a great team performance, everyone has to play well individually and as a team you have got to be spot on and hopefully we can do that.

"We have been working hard all week in training to go there with a game plan, which is how we have got results there in the past. It is a very tough place to go and a tough team to play against, but we will be ready and hopefully we can put in a good performance."

A 4-0 defeat at Old Trafford last weekend was enough to drop Norwich into the relegation zone but Turner insists the players have put that performance out of their system and are ready to go again on Sunday.

"We have got back on the training ground and worked hard every day and are fully focused on the next game at Chelsea," Turner added.

"It was something we had to put behind us quite quickly. We know there are two games left and we have to put our all into them. We can't mope about thinking about getting beaten at Manchester United.

"I think we will need something from both games, that is where we are. We go into the Chelsea game to try to get something and take it from there.

"From the players' point of view we are fighting for our lives and we will give it everything we have got and hopefully it will be enough."

Source: PA

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