Reading manager, Steve Clarke has explained why he didn’t use Nigeria striker, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, in their 2-1 Championship win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.
The 32-year old former Super Eagles striker sat on the bench for all 90 minutes, but compatriot, Hope Akpan made his first competitive appearance – albeit a cameo – for the Royals since suffering a shoulder injury last November.
And with Reading holding on to a slim advantage, Clarke had to make a judgment call; to introduce either Akpan – to ‘see out’ the game – or Yakubu, to ‘get a third and kill of the game’, but settled for the former instead.
“Every time I turned around I could see Yakubu looking at me trying to get on! The last change was straightforward, Simon was always coming off, then I had to choose between another attacker to get the third and kill it, or Hope to see it out. Thankfully it worked out with Hope,” Clarke said in a post match interview.
Yakubu was signed during the winter transfer window to help bolster Reading’s attack and improve their chances of a promotion push. He has returned to the championship, where he started his career in English football with Portsmouth in 2003.