Match of the day: Chris Turner’s Pools beat Hull City

How the Hartlepool Mail reported Hartlepool United's 2-0 win over Hull City to "kick-start" their season.
How the Hartlepool Mail reported Hartlepool United's 2-0 win over Hull City to "kick-start" their season.
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FIFTEEN years ago Chris Turner’s Hartlepool United were in desperate need of a boost after a poor start to the season.

They got just that with a 2-0 win over Hull City at Victoria Park thanks to goals from Tommy Miller - who returned to the club this summer - and sub Chris Freestone.

Tommy Miller in action against Whitby Town. Picture by FRANK REID

Tommy Miller in action against Whitby Town. Picture by FRANK REID

Just over 3,000 Pools fans were inside The Vic that day to witness the win and it was a crucial one according to then manager Turner.

Speaking to SportMail’s Alam Khan after the match, Turner called on his side to use their successive victories as the launchpad for a successful season.

Victory over the Tigers - to follow up the 2-0 win over arch rivals Darlington the week before - propelled Turner’s men from bottom half of the table into a comfortable 15th place.

What current manager Colin Cooper would do for a “comfortable 15th place” - with his side currently third bottom in the fourth division, or Sky Bet League Two as it is now known.

Turner said: “The win over Hull was important because we have been winning one game and then losing the next.

“I keep saying we need to string together a run of good results and hopefully we are starting to do that now.

“We have gone up quite a few places with that win over Hull and we have a solid base now from which we can build on.

“I am not going to get carried away by the last couple results because it is where you are at the end of the season that matters.”

Pools took the lead in the 51st minute before Freestone scored the second goal in the final minute of the match to seal the three points.

Speaking about his fourth of the season, Miller admitted: “I should have had more. I had two good chances ealier and couldn’t finish them.

“That was disappointing but it wa snice to see one of my efforts go in later.

“I don’t think I played as well as I could but we won and that is what counts,” said the then 20-year-old who re-signed for Pools in the summer.

Pools: Hollund, Lee, Barron, Vindheim, Knowles, Stephenson, Miller, Fitzpatrick, Shilton, Jones, Henderson.

Hull: Knight, Edwards, Whittle, Whitney, Harper, Brabin, D’Auria, Harrison, Williams, Alcide, Eyre.


• ENGLAND are down but not out.

That was the message from coach Clive Woodward as he began the task of building his shell-shocked side back up after seeing them brutally knocked into submission by World Cup favourites New Zealand.

England were beaten 30-16 by the All Blacks at Twickenham in the crucial battle of the Pool B giants to see who would receive the luck of the draw.

SportMail reporter Roy Kelly confidently said New Zealand could book their Cardiff hotel rooms for the final after the group stage win over England as they were drawn to play Scotland in the quarter-finals and then a semi against either Ireland or France.

England, meanwhile, faced a tricker route against the likes of South Africa and old enemy Australia.

• TIM Henman surrendered his Swiss indoor crown in Basle - but found positives in the five-set defeat to Slovakian Karol Kucera.

Henman said: “While it is disappointing, at this point in my form I only want to look at the positive. This week boosted my confidence.”

• ON the same weekend England suffered defeat in the rugby, it was a different matter for the footballers.

Kevin Keegan’s England beat Belgium 2-1 thanks to goals from Newcastle United hero Alan Shearer and Jamie Redknapp at the Stadium of Light. With Wembley closed for re-building at the end of the season, Keegan praised the Sunderland crowd, adding: “I thought the fans were terrific.”