Match of the Day: Turner hopping mad after late Hartlepool defeat at Cardiff in November 2000

Tommy Miller. Picture by FRANK REID
Tommy Miller. Picture by FRANK REID

“CUT out the mistakes or face the chop”.

That was the stark warning 14 years ago from Hartlepool United manager Chris Turner after watching his side throw away what looked like a hard-fought victory away to Cardiff City.

With only a few minutes remaining, Pools were leading 2-1 thanks to goals form Kevin Henderson and Tommy Miller.

But Turner was left raging with his side after they gifted two goals - and the three points - to Cardiff in the last two minutes of the match.

Pools had twice gone ahead, Henderson putting Pools ahead in the 17th minute before Leo Fortune-West levelled three minutes later. Tommy Miller - who has since returned to Pools and could make his 600th career appearance tomorrow against York City - put Pools 2-1 ahead in the 84th minute only for Mark Bonner and Kurt Nogan to score late on for Cardiff.

Turner told SportMail: “We are putting pressure on our home games every time by not picking up points away from home.

“There are players who expect to get picked every week but that is not going to happen.

“They had better start looking over their shoulders because if I can put a better player in their position I will do.”

Turner had dropped Sam Shilton for the first time in 17 games and he was replaced by a fit-again Ian Clark on the left-hand side.

But Turner warned it wasn’t just that position he was looking to tinker with.

He added: “The fact that Sam was dropped should send a message to all of those players who were out there on Saturday.

“We have competition for places now.”

Pools: Williams, Arnison, Westwood, Strodder, Barron, Clark, Tinkler, Stephenson, Miller, Henderson, Midgeley.

Subs: Hollund, Sharp, Shilton, Boyd, Fitzpatrick.

Attendance: 6,251.