BEN: WE'RE PROUD TO HAVE DELIVERED
Club News21st April
Ben Turner spoke on the weekend of his delight at City sealing the Championship title in Burnley.
The towering centre-half scored his first goal of the season against Barnsley eleven days earlier as City edged ever closer to promotion, and was visibly thrilled with this weekend result's ramifications.
“The priority for us was to go up - to go up as Champions is the icing on the cake for us now," Ben stated.
“We were in the hotel watching the Hull game and were happy with the result knowing we only needed to get a point at Burnley to win the title. We are disappointed we didn’t win the game though; they were throwing everything forward to get something out of the it, but for us is what as a matter of getting what was needed to win the league so we will take it at the end of the day.
“It’s been brilliant this week. Last season we had something memorable with run to the League Cup final and this season, personally and for the Club I think we’ve raised the bar again. We’ve got promoted to the Premier League and we’ve done it as Champions.”
But while the title and top spot is secured for Malky Mackay’s side, City’s central defender wants to lift the trophy in the right way at Cardiff City Stadium next week.
“Next week we will be presented with the trophy at home and we don’t want to put in a poor performance and pick up a poor result and then collect a trophy, that wouldn’t sit right with us," he admitted. "We will be looking to win in front of the home fans and lift the trophy in front of them.
“It’s great to be part of what’s happening here. As the gaffer said previously, we had a chance this season to be part of history rather than just watching it happen and I think that’s inspired us. We can sense from around the City and the football club that we were on the verge of doing something very special, so it’s brilliant to be a part of it.
“This is great for the fans and the people of Cardiff – there are people who have waited a lifetime to see this happen and it means so much to then, it means a lot to us to be able to deliver that to them.
“It’s a dream that’s now been realised and everyone will want to hit the ground running in pre-season and stake a claim to be in the team next year. The standard is going to go up and also the standard of our opposition will improve.
“I’m sure the Gaffer appreciates what everyone has done for him this season, but next season is a fresh start, it’s a new league and a new challenge and he will be putting the people on the pitch who he believes will be good enough to stay in and kick on in that division. If you are not one of thoes, then that will be it.
"We will enjoy this promotion for what it is, but I will work hard and try and be one of those people who is on the pitch in the Premier League.”