CHRIS HUGHTON admitted his side were second best against Hull City on Saturday and explained the tough selection decisions he had to make ahead of the game.
The Albion manager made seven changes to the side which lost 1-0 to Wolves on New Year’s Day, but stressed it was essential to rotate his squad with another game on Tuesday.
He said, “We knew we were going to make changes and that they were going to make changes.
“We left behind four or five players that have almost played in almost every minute of every game this season.
“I thought we defended very well and we had to. With regards to clear-cut chances, I thought we had two; one where it dropped to Elvis Manu and the one at the end for Andrew Crofts. As the game opened up, they had more pace and quality than what we did.
“It’s always a really tough decision [selecting the team]. We’ve had some problems with injuries, which generally we’ve got on with it and not moaned or complained too much.
“We still don’t because it’s part and parcel of the game. It’s also a big decision as we’ve got a game on Tuesday; sometimes it’s a bit different if we go from Saturday to Saturday, but I had to take this opportunity to rest some players.
“There will be some players that come back in and hopefully that will freshen us up.”
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STEVE BRUCE was delighted to see his Hull City side progress into the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup, but believes the win should have been more emphatic.
A Robert Snodgrass penalty in the 41st minute was enough to send the Tigers into round four and Bruce was impressed by the displays from several of his fringe players.
He told hullcitytigers.com, “It should have been more comfortable and we had the chances to make it so.
“We had 23 attempts on goal to their two, but then we were so close at the end to having to go to a replay when they hit the bar.
“I was really pleased with our performance and with the players that came into the side, the likes of Isaac Hayden and Tom Huddlestone, and we saw a bit of Sone Aluko again which was pleasing.
“Snodgrass scoring the goal has delighted everybody, from the medical staff to the players. He looks well on the road to recovery.
“Ryan Taylor, too, who hasn’t really had many chances, can play in many positions and has been in the Premier League all of his life. He’s got a wonderful appetite for it. He doesn’t knock your door down, he realises that we’re at the top end of the table and that leads to not making many changes. He’s waited for his chance and put in a good performance.”