David Moyes claims he almost made a big error as West Ham boss admits U-turn over controversial Premier League ruling.
West Ham secured back-to-back wins for the first time in two months when they followed up their win at Watford with a 3-2 victory over Crystal Palace.
After racing into a 3-0 lead against the run of play, West Ham were pegged back for much of the second half and were fortunate not to concede an equaliser at the death.
David Moyes’s side held on for a big victory. But the Scot claims he almost made a big mistake during the game as the West Ham boss admits he has performed a U-turn on the controversial Premier League substitute ruling.
Moyes subbed off Ben Johnson at half-time as the full-back was on a yellow card.
And he also brought on Mark Noble and Nikola Vlasic in the second half.
But the West Ham boss claims he almost made a big mistake when he called Andriy Yarmolenko to get ready to come on as a sub, forgetting he had already made the three permitted changes.
Moyes was one of the outspoken majority against keeping the five substitutes brought in to help clubs during the pandemic.
The debate has raged with managers of the top clubs saying the five sub rule should be brought back.
Given the workload his players have had and after nearly making the sub mistake, Moyes has admitted he has changed his mind over the rules.
David Moyes claims he almost made big error as West Ham boss admits U-turn over Premier League ruling
“The longer it goes on five subs would be my choice,” Moyes said after the win over Palace (Football.London).
“I have had a change (of mind) about it with the (player) welfare.
“I would have liked to have used another sub as I took Ben off because he was booked.
“I thought I had one left and called Yarmolenko back, my preference would be to have five.”
Having five subs may well be beneficial for West Ham in the second half of the season.
Especially if the Hammers make signings in the January window and when the Europa League last 16 resumes in March.