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Turnbull aiming to capitalise on run of home games

6 January 2023


Turnbull aiming to capitalise on run of home games

6 January 2023

Jordan Turnbull took time out of his week to speak to the local press ahead of the fixture at Prenton Park on Saturday afternoon.

Turnbull spoke about the Christmas period, the league table, home games at Prenton Park and Sunday’s defeat at Crewe Alexandra.

“We had a good Christmas period – two really good results, and frustration after the Crewe result. We played well in large parts of the game, especially in the first half, and if we have a goal then it changes the dynamic of the game – but it wasn’t meant to be. We now need to pick ourselves up.”

Tranmere are now 5 points from play-offs, however the gap from 4th to 16th place in the Sky Bet League Two table is just 9 points, meaning small runs of victories can propel any team up to the top end of the league standings.

“It’s super tight – there’s a lot of teams fighting for those play-off spots, and at one point, we were closer to fourth place than three places behind us! So, it’s really tight and to give us a chance of getting closer, we need to put together little runs. It’s no good winning here, drawing and losing there – those 2 wins in a row were really good and we’ve now got two home games which we can hopefully capitalise on.”

Rovers return to Prenton Park after two away fixtures, with the entirety of the Super White Army behind Micky Mellon’s side on Saturday afternoon.

“We enjoy playing at home – we go out there Saturday to win the game. We had a tough test against them earlier in the season, so we know what to expect. We’ve been working on that in training – but we need to pick ourselves up. The boys aren’t too downhearted about Crewe because we had really good spells in the game – we just needed that finishing touch.”

Motivation is a big thing in football, and Turnbull spoke about how confidence breeds confidence, however a defeat can see a major dip in self-esteem.

“Confidence can knock us down after a defeat, however, the fact that we had a very good first half helps. If you get beat quite heavily then that affects your confidence a lot more, but we just need to pick ourselves up and hopefully we get three points on Saturday.”

Missed chances were the main talking point away at Crewe Alexandra on New Year’s Day, however the defender commented on how goals must come from all areas of the pitch.

“It’s a team effort – we need to keep clean sheets; strikers to press from the front. The Barrow game – I’ve chipped in with a goal, other players chip in with goals here and there – it’s not just down to the strikers, it’s a team effort.”

There has been numerous changes in the Tranmere Rovers defence this season, with Turnbull returning from suspension and has played three consecutive matches at the heart of the back line.

“It was the first time I’d played with Tom in the game against Doncaster. Due to my suspension, I had been out for a few weeks, which gave me time to rest and recover and train. I’ve enjoyed playing with Tom – I thought we played well together, so defensively we’re looking really solid this season, it’s just about getting forwards as a team. I’ve come back in and had 3 games in 6 days which is quite tough, but I’ve enjoyed it, and we need to go again as a team on Saturday.”

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