Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Turner Takes Pool a Step Closer to Safety

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Turner Takes Pool a Step Closer to Safety

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Byline: Stuart Rayner

Hartlepool United 1 Exeter City 1 TECHNICALLY speaking, Hartlepool United do not have a manager. On Saturday they had hundreds but the man that mattered made the right choices to move them a point closer to safety.

How many more the Teessiders need to stay in League One is anybody's guess. They could have enough already, but the chances are the Football League will chalk some off on Tuesday for fielding an ineligible player.

A poor start against Exeter City had the Mill House Moaner in full voice. Never shy to voice his opinion, he offered tactical suggestions: "Go on, go through them!", motivation: "Howay like, look like you give a s*** will you!", and a frank assessment of individuals: "You're just bone idle son!" On the other side of Victoria Park, the advice director of sport Chris Turner was receiving was more practical, but too plentiful to help.

"I've got seven subs, six outfield players, and I've got people behind me throwing everybody's name on," he chuckled. "I can't put them all on! I think I put the right players on at the right time and we got a goal out of it."

Looking to equalise Matt Taylor's firsthalf header, Turner first introduced Denis Behan, then Antony Sweeney and Adam Boyd. Behan netted with ten minutes left after Sweeney headed Boyd's cross to him.

"People kept screaming at me to put on Adam Boyd (first) but he's been out all week with two eye infections and hasn't felt the best," Turner explained. "Sometimes you can't tell people during a game why he's not coming on. But I always thought he might be able to give us 15, 20 minutes and you know what Adam can do late on.

"Tony Sweeney gave us energy when we went 4-3-3 to try and break them down, and contributed to the goal. A decision had to be made on who I put on the bench - (Armann) Bjornsson, who has contributed some goals or Denis Behan who's now fully fit and gave us some beef up front."

Behan was making a first appearance since his latest ankle ligament injury in early March. Until his intervention it had looked like being one of those days for Hartlepool, who started sloppily but dominated the second half. …

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