West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has praised his three substitutions for having a game-changing impact in Saturday’s win over Huddersfield Town, the club’s official website reports.
The Hammers were 3-1 down against Huddersfield at The London Stadium but turned the game on its head with three late goals.
And Pellegrini believes that Javier Hernandez, Lucas Perez and Samir Nasri came off the bench and inspired this comeback victory.
The late comeback
With 15 minutes left on the clock, West Ham still trailed 3-1 despite Mark Noble putting the home side in the lead with an early penalty.
Hernandez, Perez and Nasri were now all on the pitch and that injection of energy and urgency helped West Ham turn things around in remarkable fashion.
Angelo Ogbonna pulled one back for the Hammers and super-sub Chicharito netted twice late in the game.
The equalising goal was set up by Nasri. The Frenchman won the ball back on the right and floated an inch-perfect cross to the back post for Hernandez to nod in.
Manuel Pellegrini on his substitutions
Hammers boss Pellegrini was delighted that his substitutes could have such a telling impact on the game with goals, assists and striking performances.
Pellegrini said: “Javier was playing well recently, but he had a little pressure of not scoring, so it was good for him to come from the bench, and he played very well and decided the game with two goals.
“I also think Samir Nasri changed the game of our team and Lucas Perez was always dangerous in the box, so the three substitutes did very well and that’s the reason why you need a good squad and not just a team.”