West Bromwich Albion may have come away from their encounter with Sheffield Wednesday with all three points in the bag on Saturday afternoon, however something else left them coming away from The Hawthorns gushing with delight after the final whistle on Twitter.
Goals from Hal Robson-Kanu and Charlie Austin were enough for the Baggies to overcome the Owls and retain a two-point advantage at the top of the Championship following the recent two-week hiatus because of the international break (BBC).
However, Slaven Bilic’s ability to make the right substitution at the right time appears to have been earning him some huge praise on the social network as of late.
The former West Ham United manager made three changes in quick succession inside the final 15 minutes of the encounter, which saw him introduce the experienced trio of Gareth Barry, Austin and Chris Brunt – a move that appeared to go to plan, albeit via the penalty spot.
Fans were left waxing lyrical following the final whistle at the Croatian’s ability to spot the required changes and the moment they are needed, with some lauding his skill.
Here are just some of their reactions…
— Baggies Facts (@Baggies_Facts) November 23, 2019
Much better (although I hate to admit it) than Big Dave
— Ben Cotty (@BenCotty) November 23, 2019
Makes such a change knowing Slav is willing to make a sub the moment things aren’t going our way. Another win, and now 5 points clear from 3rd. Cracking time to be a #WBA fan
— OPTA Albion (@TotallyWBA) November 23, 2019
A fair assessment- Barry did change momentum in our favour and Austin hit the post as well as scoring. Once again Slav making game changing subs
— Nick (@nickb303) November 23, 2019
Today’s #wba thoughts:
1. Much needed home win
2. With top 2 midfielders out
3. Perfect subs by Slav. Again
4. How good is Gareth Barry?
5. Jake & Romaine straight back in Wed
6.Chaz cool as a
7. Team spirit
8. Full house
9. Under par + win = promotion
10. Happy days
— Dave (@DaveWBA1878) November 23, 2019
— Craig Dutton (@cdutts) November 23, 2019
Bilic’s subs made us better again!! Love him! #wba
— Lewis Botfield (@lewis_botfield) November 23, 2019
Slaven’s Super subs have only gone and done it again ,
— Natalie Clarke (@nat_atttack91) November 23, 2019
Credit to #SWFC they came with a plan & made it very difficult for us particularly in second half. But today was about grinding out a win, and it’s these type of games that win you promotion. Great use of subs again by Slav. And well done to @chazaustin10. #WBA #InSlavWeTrust
— JohnTheBagtist (@JohnTheBagtist) November 23, 2019
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