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I think this is connected to the previous point, but I thought Hughton’s use of subs was fairly pointless. Obviously, he was forced into a change to bring off the injured Steven Whittaker for Russell Martin.
But I thought he could have done more to give us a greater attacking intent and provide that little bit of freshness. In my opinion, when a team is under significant pressure it is a sign that something needs to change. However, Hughton didn’t make the sort of change that would help us out.
For instance, he had some interesting options in Elliott Bennett and Harry Kane that would have offered something different from Anthony Pilkington and Steve Morison. This is especially relevant, given that neither player exactly excelled in the match. Simeon Jackson did get a late opportunity, but only after Norwich had conceded a second goal.
Jonny Howson’s introduction for Wes Hoolahan didn’t serve any real purpose and wasn’t a change that increased our attacking options. In contrast, Steve Clarke had four strikers on the pitch at one point and demonstrated a greater desire to the secure the three points.
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