Reds suffer big blow as keeper’s ban stands

Danny Wilson
Danny Wilson

Barnsley have been hit with a frustrating festive blow.

Goalkeeper Ross Turnbull will definitely be missing for the Reds’ next game against Preston North End on Boxing Day having been sent-off in last Saturday’s 2-0 home win over Leyton Orient.

Manager Danny Wilson had hoped to appeal the decision which saw former Chelsea shot-stopper Turnbull shown a straight red card for what was classed as a deliberate handball.

But even though Turnbull was adamant the ball hit him in the chest, Wilson revealed: “We’re not going to appeal Ross’ red card because the video footage is inconclusive.

“And that’s what the officials and the FA will say as well, so we’re going to have to bite the bullet.

“It’s frustrating because at first we thought he’d been sent off for bringing the player [Phil Batt] down, but he’s not touched him. It’s disappointing and sad we couldn’t get the footage to show the ball hit Ross on the chest.”

Turnbull’s disappointment will be Adam Davies’ gain, with the former Sheffield Wednesday keeper expected to start between the posts against the Lilywhites at Deepdale.

Davies, 22, has played ten times this season and Wilson has been pleased with the player’s maturity the more he’s featured.

“I’ve got no worries about putting Adam him, he’s performed very well this season,” admitted Wilson.

“He’s growing in confidence, so we’ve got no qualms with him.”

And the good news for the Reds is that Hull City loan defender Joe Dudgeon has a chance of being ready for the Reds’ next League One outing.

“I’m hoping Joe will be okay, but Sam Winnall is obviously longer-term and we won’t have him back until January,” admitted Wilson. Youngster James Bree, striker Winnall and defender Jean-Yves M’voto are all out.

But Wilson is hoping for a clean bill of health for the start of the New Year.