Kit Symons hit back at fans that rounded on him for taking off both strikers in the 2-2 draw against Wigan.
“You don’t know what you’re doing,’ rang out from the home faithful, but Symons insisted he did, and explained how Matt Smith left the pitch after an hour and Ross McCormack in the last two minutes of added time to be replaced by a defender with the game poised all square.
The manager said: “A few people weren’t too happy with it, but I’ve got to make the right decisions for the club.
“Matt was absolutely shattered. He’s had a lot of football, and a real tough game on Tuesday, and he was out on his feet.
“We needed fresh legs, and someone like Cauley to put himself about physically. It was one of those substitutions that was obvious to make.
James Husband was tired at left-back and Ross was playing in front of him. “All our chances were coming through the middle, but what I didn’t want to do was lose it down that left-hand side. I wasn’t too worried it would affect us offensively, but it would make us tighter defensively.”
Symons glass was both half full and half empty as he put it after leading twice, and there was no doubting his desire to get the season over and done with – and still remain in the Championship.
“We scored two great goals, and it was disappointing to concede two goals from set plays,” the manager added. “A little bit like the story of our season, especially the second one. The extra day is good for us to recover for our game against Rotherham on Wednesday night.
“I won’t be doing cartwheels but I’ll be breathing a huge sigh of relief at the end, and then we can take the club on, which is what I want to do.”