Turner in ref blast

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Hartlepool director of sport Chris Turner hit out at referee Eddie Ilderton and his two assistants following his side's 3-1 defeat to Leeds at Elland Road.

Hartlepool are still without a win at Elland Road but they took a 25th minute advantage when Ritchie Humphreys' corner was headed on by Adam Boyd and Iceland international Armann Bjornsson poked home.

However, Jermaine Beckford levelled for Leeds 13 minutes later before Luciano Becchio put the home side in front on the stroke of half-time.

Beckford grabbed his second in the 69th minute to secure the win but Turner believed the officials missed infringements in the build-up to all three of Leeds' goals.

"Although we lost the game I was very pleased with the way we played. We took the game to Leeds and took the lead but lost to a very strong, quality side and a referee and two linesmen who couldn't handle a big game," said Turner.

"I am pleased that my players came here and didn't freeze. They were undone by three incidents that led to goals. When the players complained they were told to stop moaning."

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Ritchie Humphreys
League One
Chris Turner
Adam Boyd
Jermaine Beckford
Leeds United
Luciano Becchio

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