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Turner acts to end 'shocking' run.

Byline: ADAM STEEL

CHRIS TURNER will adopt a slash and burn selection policy at Tranmere tonight to try and halt Hartlepool's "shocking" sequence of away results.

Pools have lost nine in a row on their League One travels, reaching their lowest ebb last Saturday in a diabolical 4-0 reverse at Yeovil.

James Brown, Colin Larkin and Ritchie Humphreys are pushing for starting places on Merseyside.

"Nine defeats in a row is shocking," said manager Turner.

"I want to look at getting into mid-table and above, but on last Saturday's performance we will struggle to do that.

"I think I've got to introduce fresh faces against Tranmere, otherwise what's the point? "You stand by the players after a 3-0 home win over Southend the previous week.

"They were the same players that started the Yeovil game, so there will be changes at Tranmere.

"We have got to get that attitude and willingness back that wasn't there at Yeovil.

"I am looking now and thinking some players cannot play away from home, or produce what we expect from them away from home."

Whichever team he picks, Turner is expecting a facesaving response at Tranmere after their Huish Park humiliation.

Pools, now five points above the bottom four, were walloped 5-0 at home by MK Dons in January but pushed promotion-chasing Charlton close in their next game at The Valley.

Former goalkeeper Turner added: "We have to put this behind us, like we did when we lost to MK Dons.

"When I played and lost I wanted to be out there and playing in the next game -if selected for the next game."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Mar 19, 2010
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