MANAGERS are paid to make tough, bold decisions.
Inside the opening half an hour of Barnsley’s 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace on Tuesday, Reds boss Keith Hill hauled off Chris Dagnall and Tomasz Cywka, replacing the duo with Matt Done and Kelvin Etuhu respectively.
There is no room for sentiment in football and Hill made a judgement call to try and liven his players up after they had fallen behind to an 11th minute goal from Glenn Murray. The alterations helped inject a bit more pace and purpose into their play and the Reds were rewarded late on when David Perkins finished spectacularly from the edge of the area.
Hill said: “I won’t apologise for making tactical decisions; it is never personal. It was professional. We all win if we get the points regardless of the changes I make. There is no embarrassment in coming off. If I hadn’t have made them I think we would have been beaten three or four-nil.
“I’m not too sure whether I got it right with the starting line up but you try and put your trust in the players. I wouldn’t say they let us down but I want points so I made those changes so we didn’t lose the game.”
Hill praised Perkins “incredible” display, describing the 30-year-old as a “magician”.