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Pools boss happy at Hartley form

Chris Turner
Turner has been impressed with Hartley's displays this season

Hartlepool director of sport Chris Turner has said that defender Peter Hartley has benefitted from playing regular football at United.

The former Sunderland man, who joined Pools on a free transfer in July, scored his first goal for the club in Saturday's 1-0 win against Tranmere.

"He's a whole-hearted lad who really wants to succeed and he's got great desire," Turner told BBC Tees.

"He's learning his trade now because every game means something."

The defeat of Rovers, just Hartlepool's second home win of the season, sees them climb to 10th in League One.

Meanwhile, Turner is hopeful that his side can emulate last season's FA Cup run when they welcome the winners of the replayed fourth qualifying round tie between Kettering and Redditch in the first round proper.

Pools beat Premier League side Stoke in the third round of last season's competition before going out to 2006 finalists West Ham in round four.

"Every football club in the country would like a good run in the FA Cup," added Turner.

"We had some tremendous games with Stoke City and West Ham. We'd love that again.

"We just want to try to go as far as we can in the FA Cup. The bread and butter is the league and we want to cement ourselves in the top ten of the League One this season.

"If we can get something in the FA Cup, that'd be fine."



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