Turnbull proud of Town’s fighting spirit with everything still to play for

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Jordan Turnbull in the thick of the action during last weekend’s 2-2 draw with Millwall (PIC: Richard Wintle)

Jordan Turnbull has admitted that the 2015/16 campaign has been a tough one for Swindon Town, but is now focused on finishing it with a flourish with the play-offs still in sight.

The Robins have endured plenty of turmoil over the past eight months and have failed to recover from the heartbreak of missing out on a place in the Championship to Preston North End at Wembley in May.

Town were hit by a raft of injuries to key players in the first-half of the season, which led to a dire run of twelve games without a win and Mark Cooper losing his job.

Martin Ling then came to his old club’s rescue and appeared to stop the rot, guiding his charges to five wins from nine games.

However, Swindon were thrown into chaos again when Ling resigned from his post due to health reasons just after Christmas, paving the way for assistant boss Luke Williams to take temporary charge of first-team affairs.

Town haven’t looked back since that change at the top, six wins from ten outings enough to earn Williams a five-year contract and the title of permanent Head Coach.

Saturday’s dramatic 2-2 draw with Millwall extended Swindon’s unbeaten run to six straight games and they head into tomorrow’s clash away at Coventry City nine points off the play-offs, but with a game in hand.

Considering that their League One status was in real danger prior to Christmas, the fact that the Robins could still prolong their season is quite remarkable.

And that never-say-die attitude is something that Turnbull is immensely proud of, with a strong finish to 2015/16 now the main priority for the centre-back.

“It has definitely been a difficult season for everyone at the club, especially with the couple of changes of manager,” he told BBC Wiltshire.

“Luke (Williams) has come in and he’s doing a fantastic job.

“There have been a lot of players come in and out, especially compared to last season, but overall we’ve dealt with it quite well.

“We could have crumbled at one point in the season when we were right down at the bottom of the table, but we’ve picked ourselves up and we’ve gone on a great run and got ourselves right in the mix of it.

“We’ve still got a lot of teams around us to play and it is a great challenge for us to continue this little run we’re on.

“Who knows what could happen.

“We’re going to fight to the end and we know we’ve got a great team spirit here.”

Saturday’s encounter with the Sky Blues will be a special occasion for Turnbull, who will be reunited with Southampton team-mate and former Town loan ranger Jack Stephens.

“It is going to be strange having played alongside him for so many years in the Youth and Development sides at Southampton,” added the 21-year-old.

“We then both came here last season and played alongside each other, so it is going to be strange but I’m looking forward to it.

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Jack Stephens and Jordan Turnbull pictured together during their time at Swindon (PIC: Richard Wintle)

“I’m sure he is too.

“We still communicate and we’re always talking every day – me and Jack are really close off the pitch.

“We’ve mentioned the game a few times and it is all fun and games – we’ll both enjoy it.”

Town will play in-front of their biggest away following for over three years when they walk out at the Ricoh Arena tomorrow, and Turnbull is determined to put on a “good show” for those fans making the trip.

“There is a great support for us going to Coventry and it is going to be important for us to put on a good show,” he continued.

“The most important thing is to get the three points and make sure they are travelling home with the three points.

“But this game is important for us to see where the season is going and we need to get the three points.”

 

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