Form decides Cup places - Turner

08 January 2009 06:19
Hartlepool United caretaker Chris Turner has warned his players to maintain their form if they want to figure against West Ham in the FA Cup. Pools face the Hammers in a televised fourth round tie but with league games to play beforehand, Turner expects a professional attitude from his players. "Everybody can get carried away," he told BBC Tees. "The lads realise they set the standard against Stoke [in round three] and they've got to continue to do so." With injuries to players such as Joel Porter and James Brown, and the return of Scottish international forward Kevin Kyle to parent club Coventry, Turner has found himself light on strikers going into the January transfer window. But despite admitting his interest in bringing in talent, the former Sheffield Wednesday boss believes the window has made it more difficult for clubs to deal in the market, particularly for temporary and short-term deals. Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. emp_load.getEmpEmbeddedParams("emp_7818890"); "This window is causing a lot of problems because when you enquire about players they want to sell them, and for inflated prices because clubs know what is coming round the corner in this recession," he added. "They're trying to offload their bigger wage-earners to other clubs, and when you want to loan them to have a look at them, they're not interested. "They're living in hope until the last week of January, there'll be a lot of loan movements at that time because clubs will realise they're not going to sell these players. "There aren't the clubs out there, certainly in League One and League Two, with the money to buy them."

Source: BBC_Sport