Barnsley: Impressive Ross out to grasp starting berth with the Reds

Ross Turnbull in action for the Reds
Ross Turnbull in action for the Reds
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Reds shot-stopper Ross Turnbull is ready to claim the number one jersey as his own at Oakwell.

The former Chelsea keeper made his long-awaited debut for the Reds in Saturday’s 2-1 away defeat to Port Vale.

And without Turnbull in net the misfiring visitors might have lost by more with the Valiants thwarted on numerous occasions by some of his excellent saves.

Now Turnbull, who has been plagued by a troublesome back injury since the start of the season, is ready to get some regular game time under his belt.

“It’s been frustrating not playing to be honest,” admitted Turnbull. “I’ve had this problem with my back and I could still feel it [on Saturday] to be honest, but it’s started to gradually get better.

“But I’ve been able to train and now play, so hopefully through time it will just disappear.

“I really enjoyed my first two [loan] spells at the club, so it’s good to be back here now and finally playing.”

Turnbull has been kept out of the side by Adam Davies, with the former Sheffield Wednesday keeper having impressed in the early part of the season.

But it looks like 29-year-old Turnbull, who is now in his third spell at Barnsley having been on loan twice with the club previously, is going to get the nod to start between the posts.

“I’ve got the shirt at the moment, so it’s up to me to keep it,” stressed Turnbull, who left Doncaster Rovers in the summer to join the Reds.

“It’s a squad game though and there’s injuries throughout the squad, so everyone has got to be prepared to play their part if we’re going to be successful.

“Adam has been brilliant so far, but that’s football. I’ve been in the same position before and we both know we’ve got to work hard if we want to keep the jersey.

“He did fantastically well when I was out [injured], but it’s up to me now to put the performances in.”

“Adam’s a very good goalkeeper and he’s going to push me all the way. He’s shown what he can do in the games he’s played, but it’s up to me to keep improving game by game and keep my place.

“But game by game I’m sure my match sharpness will improve and I’m looking forward to that challenge.”

The Reds return to action on Saturday at home to Swindon Town, one of manager Danny Wilson’s former clubs, and opponents they last lost at home to back in December 1998.