FA CUP REPLAY: Turnbull says Cobblers have to show 'no fear' as they get ready for Rams test
Jordan Turnbull says the Cobblers have to go into Tuesday night's huge FA Cup fourth round replay with Derby County with ‘no fear’.
Town travel to Pride Park knowing that a win over their Sky Bet Championship hosts will set up a dream home fifth round date with Premier League giants Manchester United.
That would certainly be an occasion to relish for Red Devils fan Turnbull, but first the Cobblers have to upset the odds once again and beat the Rams.
Town did just that as they earned their replay with an excellent performance last month, drawing 0-0 with a Derby side that included England’s record goalscorer Wayne Rooney in their ranks at a packed and rocking PTS Academy Stadium.
The Cobblers had the edge throughout the game, and created the better chances as a lacklustre Derby side failed to register a single shot on target.
Now though, Town have to do it all again at a ground where the club has never played before.
Derby will go into the match as big favourites and are set to be backed by a big home crowd, but Turnbull, who is battling to shake off a muscle strain to be fit to play, believes he and his team-mates, who are set to be backed by around 4,500 travelling Cobblers supporters, have a genuine chance of causing an upset.
And he points to the fact they have already shown this season that they can go away and impress at the home of a Championship club.
“Pride Park is a fantastic stadium, but we have to go there and play with no fear,” said Turnbull.
“Earlier on in the season we played Swansea away (in the Carabao Cup) and we put in an unbelievable performance for 80 minutes.
“In the last 10 minutes I think we were a bit leggy, we made a few changes and we got a big disjointed towards the end of the game (Town lost 3-1 having led until the 80th minute).
“But we can take confidence from that game,.
“We can take confidence that we can go to these places and put in a fantastic performance, and maybe this time see it out for a little bit longer.
“We need to go there with no fear, and we need to believe we can pull out a result, otherwise what’s the point?
“With the players here we do have great belief and we are full of confidence at the moment, so we will take that there.”