Barnsley: Turnbull can’t wait for Rovers reunion

Barnsley keeper Ross Turnbull
Barnsley keeper Ross Turnbull
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Reds shot-stopper Ross Turnbull is relishing locking horns with his former club Doncaster Rovers tonight.

The Reds and Rovers clash in their re-arranged South Yorkshire derby fixture at Oakwell.

And Turnbull, who played 31 times for Rovers last season, admits it will be strange competing against his former club.

“I’m really looking forward to the game, it will be great to see a lot of the lads,” revealed Turnbull.

“I still speak to Rob Jones and some of the lads there. I’ve still got quite a few friends at the club.

“I suppose it will be a little strange playing against them. It was the other way round last season when I played for Doncaster against Barnsley.

“But I’ll just try and be professional as I would in any other game. I’m playing for Barnsley now and I want to do everything I can to try and help us get a win.”

Turnbull looks back on his season-long spell at the Keepmoat Stadium with plenty of admiration.

And ironically it was for Rovers that he pulled off a fine penalty save to deny Barnsley victory and secure a point in last season’s 0-0 derby showdown at Oakwell.

“I had a great time at Doncaster, I’ve got lots of fond memories,” added Turnbull.

“I was injured towards the end of last season, so that wasn’t great, but I was grateful for the chance to play some regular football with them.

“I think there were discussions at the end of the season to keep me longer, but nothing really materialised. The club got a new owner and a lot of players left, but that’s football and you move on. I signed for Barnsley and it’s been a good challenge for me.”

Turnbull has kept three clean sheets this season but is acutely aware the Reds need to tighten up at the back to compete in the upper reaches of the division.

“We’re conceding a lot of goals, but if we’re scoring and winning then that’s all that matters,” he said. “But of course we’d like some more clean-sheets. It can the foundation of a team.”