TURNBULL: MIXED FEELINGS

Posted on: Wed 09 Dec 2009

Ross Turnbull was proud to make his Champions League debut on Wednesday evening but two goals conceded means some in-depth analysis this week.

The APOEL match was a first start in the team for the 24-year-old following his summer move from Middlesbrough. He had previously replaced injured Hilario during the first half of the 4-0 Carling Cup win over Bolton.

Wednesday night's result didn't match that one and with plenty of first-team minutes for Boro and five previous loan clubs, the match experience was not as new as for yesterday's other full debutant, Gael Kakuta, but it still had significance for Turnbull.

'I remember me and my friends back home always going out to watch the Champions League games, and as a footballer you want to play at the highest level, and this in club football is the highest level,' he told the official Chelsea website.

'It was a very proud day for me playing in the Champions League and it was nice to know all my mates were watching it and I was playing rather than watching it with them.

'Last week [goalkeeping coach] Christophe Lollichon mentioned that I may play so I have been looking forward to it for a week or so. I enjoyed the game but am I disappointed with the result.

'I am sure we will look at it with Christophe and see if there were small things I may have done to prevent the two goals - but we do that for all goals conceded.'

It was tough conditions for any keeper with wind and constant rain but Turnbull was able to make a confidence-boosting early stop. His best save came in the second half.

'That took two deflections, it hit JT on his hands,' he explains. 'It was nice to make an early save but we didn't start the game well and conceded shortly after that. We scored two good goals and played pretty well until half-time.'

Turnbull is more familiar than many with Kakuta and last night's other sub, Fabio Borini, having played with them in the reserves.

'They did well in the game,' he assesses. 'Gael looked bright and Fabio came on and made a difference and it is good experience for the young boys. They are only young lads and they have to learn but they have bright futures ahead of them.'