Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray hailed the impact of his substitutes after the Owls came from behind to beat Rotherham United right at the end of a dramatic South Yorkshire derby.
Wednesday looked to be heading for defeat when Jordan Bowery put the Millers 2-1 up after Caolan Lavery had cancelled out Ben Pringle’s deflected opener, but an Atdhe Nuhiu header brought them back to all square before Kieren Lee broke through a statuesque Rotherham defence to win it for Wednesday in amazing fashion.
Gray had begun the game with Nuhiu up front on his own and the Austrian was getting little change out of Kirk Broadfoot and Craig Morgan.
However, by the timethe game was over the Owls had Lavery, Nuhiu, Stevie May and Chris Maguire all on the pitch.
Gray said: “If you’re going to put subs on they have to have an impact,” Gray said. “Credit to the three lads who went on, they have had a big impact (and) it probably just put Rotherham on the back foot, they went a little bit deeper and allowed my full-backs to get forward.
“When we put the three subs on I just felt it opened the game up for us. In the last 10 minutes it looked like we were the only team going to score.
“Credit to the boys to keep going. It happened to us against Millwall earlier on in the season, it was the very last kick of the game. It won’t be the last time this happens.
“Psychologically it maybe affected them more. I always go for the win, we haven’t been scoring that many goals.
“The most important think is that belief, and I just felt we had more control of the ball in the second half to cause them problems.
“We put them on the back foot and we created some chances. It was nice to be at the end with the Sheffield Wednesday fans.”