Doncaster Rovers: We can match big spenders - Turnbull

Ross Turnbull
Ross Turnbull

Ross Turnbull sees no reason why Rovers can’t give Nottingham Forest a good run for their money tomorrow.

‘Money’ being the operative word, given Forest’s spending power.

County Durham-born Turnbull might have swapped King’s Road for Cantley Park this summer but he’s loving every minute of life at Doncaster. He forgot what first team football felt like.

The 28-year-old goalkeeper had a taste of the high life at Chelsea but made just 19 appearances for the Blues during four seasons of playing understudy to Petr Cech.

His new surroundings might be slightly less glamorous but Turnbull is relishing his newfound number one status at Rovers.

And while his new club might be considered to be among the paupers of the Championship, the former Middlesbrough academy graduate is convinced Doncaster can pick the pockets of some of their richer rivals this term - starting with Forest this weekend.

“I think we’ll be competitive in every game we play,” said Turnbull.

“It’s a tough league and we’re up against some big clubs but we can be competitive. We’ve got to aim to beat these teams.

“Financially, there’s a lot of bigger clubs in division than us but there’s no reason why we can’t be competitive.

“I don’t think we should set any targets as to where we want to be at the end of the season,” he added.

“Obviously we want to still be in the league, but just staying up is not a target that we’ll set.

“We want to be competitive in every game and let’s see where that takes us.”

Turnbull’s week has had its ups and downs, not unusual for a keeper.

The 6’3” stopper produced by far his best display in a Doncaster shirt on Saturday to almost single-handedly keep out James Vaughan and Huddersfield Town.

But his standards slipped at Watford on Tuesday night when former Forest forward Lewis McGugan’s chip squirmed through his grasp.

After four years of bench duty and reserve team football, ring-rustiness is bound to play a part.

However, Turnbull will be keen to make amends for his mistake this weekend.

Entering his peak, he is determined to improve his game - and he’s convinced his best years lie ahead of him.

“It’s difficult when you’ve not played for a few months to go straight into a new team, but I’m really enjoying playing every week again,” he said.

“I’ve been quite pleased with how I’ve done over the first six or seven games but I’m always looking at areas of my game to improve.

“I had four fantastic years at Chelsea but I just wanted to play.

“That’s my main aim, coming here.

“I knew it was time to move on and that’s what I’ve done. I’m happy to be here and I’m happy to be playing.

“No one likes to not be playing.

“It was amazing to be at Chelsea but it’s not the same as playing week in week out.

“It’s been excellent working with [goalkeeping coach] Paul Gerrard,” he added.

“We had a good chat when I got here about what I wanted to achieve. I just want to improve, work on any weaknesses and work on getting better.

“You see goalkeepers go on for a long time now and you can’t stop improving as you get older. In any profession you should always strive to improve.”

Turnbull has also benefitted from a settled back four in front of him.

That may change this weekend if Reece Wabara fails to shake off a foot injury.