Alan Irvine hailed the impact of substitute Victor Anichebe after West Brom rescued a 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
West Brom were staring down the barrel of defeat after Brede Hangeland poked home from an early Palace set-piece, before Mile Jedinak scored a second from the spot in first-half stoppage time.
However, Anichebe entered the fray for the second half at The Hawthorns and made a quick impact with a close-range header from Chris Brunt’s corner, before drawing the penalty from Jedinak’s reckless challenge from which Saido Berahino levelled in injury time.
Irvine was disappointed with his side’s sloppy start, but stated he had a feeling that Anichebe may have a crucial role in the Premier League clash.
“I was bitterly disappointed with the first 32 minutes of the game. From that point we followed the game plan – alright, we lost the penalty on a counter-attack, but for the first 32 minutes we were awful,” he said.
“After that we did what we were supposed to do and followed the game plan and we got our rewards.
“There’s no doubt he [Anichebe] made a difference and I thought before the game that we might need him.