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Carabao Cup

Turnbull: “These are the games you want to be a part of”

22 August 2022

Tranmere Rovers’ Jordan Turnbull is ready and raring to go as Micky Mellon’s side prepare to face Newcastle United in Round Two of the Carabao Cup later this week.

The Magpies, who rank three divisions higher than Tranmere, will travel to Prenton Park on Wednesday evening, and the defender is hoping that there will be a surprise on the cards in Birkenhead.

“There are shocks in every round and hopefully we can be that shock,” he noted. “We will have to go out there and be at our absolute best and make sure everyone is pulling in the same direction and winning their battles throughout the game. Hopefully we are that cup upset in this round and we will do everything we can to be that.”

Newcastle played out a six-goal thriller which ended in a 3-3 draw with Manchester City in the top-flight at the weekend, and the Tranmere defender reinforced that coming into the tie on the back of that result will only make their opposition stronger.

“We know how good they are and how well they’ve come on in terms of their position in the Premier League,” he explained. “I watched them against Manchester City, who are arguably the best team in the world. They’re getting better and better every week.

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“We know a Premier League side are going to have immense strength in depth so regardless of who they put out or who they decide to play, we know it’s going to be extremely tough for us.”

The Tranmere faithful will be in good voice when Newcastle make the trip to Tranmere with the clash set to be aired live on Sky Sports, and the hosts can draw on that atmosphere in the stadium, according to Turnbull.

“To sell out the home crowd would be fantastic for us,” he continued. “With a lot of fans turning up, it will be a great day. All of the players know they’re playing live on Sky which is another big occasion for the boys.

“These are the games you want to be a part of. We have these draws and cup competitions which is fantastic for us players and we get to draw against the Premier League giants. That’s why we’re all excited.”

And, on a personal note, the 27-year-old, who joined Rovers from Salford City in the summer, is hoping the challenge of facing off against a side sitting sixth in the Premier League standings will test his own abilities.

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He added: “We have to go out there and believe that we can get the better of them, otherwise what’s the point in turning up?

“Playing against better players is only going to improve you. For myself as a defender, they’ve got top quality at the top end of the pitch so to test myself against that is exactly what you want to do. For myself, I’m really looking forward to it.”


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