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Last Updated: Sunday, 29 July 2007, 13:44 GMT 14:44 UK
Turnbull unfazed by leaky Cardiff
Ross Turnbull
Turnbull has signed on a 12-month loan deal from Middlesborough
New Cardiff goalkeeper Ross Turnbull says he was undaunted after watching their woeful defending from the stands in the 6-4 friendly loss at Stockport.

"It was only a friendly, we'll look to pick up before the season starts," said Turnbull, who completed a 12-month loan switch from Middlesbrough on Friday.

"I've been looking for regular football and Cardiff is a massive club. I wanted to come as soon as there was interest."

The 22-year-old, 6ft 4ins stopper has made two Premiership appearances.

He has also had loan spells at Darlington, Barnsley, Bradford and Crewe.


Turnbull is the second keeper to join the Bluebirds this summer, following the acquisition of the ex-Wolves player Michael Oakes. Irishman David Forde finished last season as number one.

The Newton Aycliffe man, an England youth international who has been with Middlesborough since he was a schoolboy, is expected to make his Bluebirds debut along with Robbie Fowler in a friendly against FC Twente at Ninian Park next Saturday.

Turnbull says that Cardiff was recommended to him by ex-Bluebirds striker Michael Chopra.

"I'm friends with Michael and he told me great things about Cardiff," Turnbull told BBC Sport Wales.

"The Robbie Fowler signing has just added to the excitement here, of course I'm looking forward to playing with him.

"I'm still a young player with a lot to learn, but Middlesborough rate me highly.

"I command the area, play it out from the back, and - of course - like to keep clean sheets!"

I've never won or lost any points in pre-season

Cardiff manager Dave Jones

The latter statement will be good news to the Bluebirds after the Stockport horror show.

"We started really well, but individual mistakes and us losing our shape changed the game," Cardiff midfielder Stephen McPhail told BBC Sport Wales.

"A lot of it is about commitment. If we clean up the little things we'll be ok.

"There were some positives from our forward play, but that's not enough if we're going to achieve anything this season, conceding six against anyone is really disappointing."

Cardiff manager Dave Jones looked on the bright side of the defeat.

"We'll look at where we got caught out and analyse the problems, that's in many ways more valuable than if we'd won by four or five," he told BBC Sport Wales.

"If we're going to make mistakes it's best that they're now, I've never won or lost any points in pre-season.

"We looked good going forward, but we have to be more compact."

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