Date: 8th November 2010 at 9:23pm
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County boss Paul Simpson has praised current Hatters captain and midfielder Paul Turnbull amid what Simpson calls ‘dissenting voices’ against the 21-year-old.

Turnbull has been an ever-present for Simpson this season, and took over the armband after ex-MK Dons man Danny Swailes was ruled out for six months with a cruciate knee injury.

And after a shaky start for the Stockport-born lad, and after criticism from the Edgeley Park faithful (including ourselves on this site), Turnbull produced a number of outstanding performances and was key as County went 5 unbeaten in September.

But as results have started going against us again, Turnbull has again started to become the scapegoat in some quarters, even though he is widely acknowledged as an important asset by most fans now (including ourselves!)

And former Shrewsbury Town boss Simpson was in no mood to listen to any criticism of his skipper today.

“You’ve got to remember, the lad’s 21. I remember Michael Raynes playing at Stockport and becoming captain after taking some stick, and he’s only 22 now almost a year later. But there were always reports going around and circulating around other teams about Raynes and obviously Scunthorpe were suitably impressed, amongst many others. He obviously had the ability, and I believe the same with Paul, these are young lads who just love playing for their local team.”

“There’s been a few dissenting voices regarding Paul Turnbull over recent weeks but I think he does a job for the team that nobody appreciates except myself and the other players.”

“You ask the back four about the job Bully does for them and they’ll tell you in a breath how important he is.”

Turnbull, nicknamed ‘Pitbull’ at EP, will reach 100 games for the club this Saturday at Bury.

“He gets into good positions, is very reliable and he’s been very steady for us this season.”

“It’s credit to him he’ll reach 100 games at such a young age. You see players taking years to reach 100 games for a club, it is rare these days. Paul’s a credit to us and to himself.”


2 Replies to “Simmo Backs His Captain Turnbull”

  • A hundred games… I would never have believed it. He has proved me wrong. I wasn’t one of those calling for his head but did not feel he had a future in the Football League. Wrong! He is doing a job well and at only 21 is going to get better and better. Get an old experienced head in next to him in the middle of the park please…. I have my tobacco tin of loose change ready for the next club appeal by the way.

  • I am not Turnbulls biggest fan but over the last 5 or 6 games he has done well so credit where it’s due, a lot of those 100 games were in the Ablett year when our side was a little worse than we are now.
    It’s massively clear our midfield is lightweight and we need much better players than the likes of Pullis Tansey and Turnbull

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