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Clarke Explains Yakubu Exclusion In Reading Vs Wolverhampton

Clarke Explains Yakubu Exclusion In Reading Vs Wolverhampton

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.

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