West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has revealed why he substituted Javier Hernandez during his side’s 2-0 win over Huddersfield on Monday.
At the time, many questioned whether it was correct to take off the Mexican especially as the score was locked at 0-0 at the time. Despite a number of fans jeering the decision, it turned out to be a match winning move in the end.
Andre Ayew, who came on for Hernandez, went on to provide an assist which allowed Pedro Obiang to open the scoring and he then doubled the Hammers lead by netting himself five minutes later.
Bilic has since revealed that he opted to substitute Hernandez not because he was disappointed in him but because he felt that the player was tired.
He said, “I noticed a little bit that Hernandez was getting a little tired with those longer runnings and it was the perfect time for Andre to come on. It was not because Javier did not have a good game it was a time to get fresh legs on the pitch.”