West Bromwich Albion manager Darren Moore has backed his decision not to make any substitutions until the dying embers of the game in his side’s 1-1 draw with Norwich City at the weekend.
It was shaping up to be a massive game at The Hawthorns, with just three points separating the Baggies and the Canaries, as Darren Moore’s men looked to close the gap on the automatic promotion places.
And they got off to the perfect start, as Dwight Gayle opened the scoring for the Baggies with just 12 minutes on the clock, which ultimately set the tone for the next hour.
But as time went on, Albion seemed like they were crying out for a change, and were made to pay when Jordan Rhodes leveled for City, with less than ten minutes to play – Moore than made two substitutions after the Canaries’ goal.
But when asked about choosing not to make any substitutions during the game, Moore told the Birmingham Mail: “No, because hindsight is a great thing after the event – they gambled and it paid off for them.”
“You’ve seen a lots of times this season when a team has gambled against West Brom it has paid off for us.”
The result at the weekend leaves Albion sitting three points off the play-offs, and face Bolton Wanderers next Monday night, with an invaluable three points up for grabs for both sides.
It was a bold choice not to make any changes, which ultimately proved costly for the Baggies.
The likes of Gayle and Robson-Kanu seemed to be tiring, hence why they were taken off when it was too late.
Moore is still a relatively young manager, and will learn from this, in his bid to take Albion back up to the Premier League.