David Nugent felt that West Bromwich Albion could not cope with Leicester City’s tactical switch after the visitors grabbed a potentially vital 3-2 win at The Hawthorns on Saturday.
With Leicester 2-1 down at the break, manager Nigel Pearson changed to three at the back, bringing on Marcin Wasilewski – and Robert Huth and Jamie Vardy scored late on to seal victory.
Nugent, who hit Leicester’s first, believes Pearson’s clever move changed the game. “We were slow in the first half and didn’t get going, but we were still in the game and changed the formation in the second half,” he said.
“I don’t think West Brom knew what hit them. It was attack after attack and wave after wave. In the end we deserved the three points.”
Vardy’s last-minute winner failed to lift Leicester off the bottom of the Premier League, but they are only three points from a safety position with a game in hand.
Nugent added: “There were great celebrations at the end and it was like we’d stayed up already. There are still seven games left, but two massive wins back-to-back have put us back into it.”
Albion had twice taken the lead, through Darren Fletcher and Craig Gardner, but after struggling in the second half they lie seven points above the bottom three.
And their manager, Tony Pulis, insisted they still need points to ensure they do not get dragged back down into a dogfight.
“Were we ever out of it?” he asked. “We need the points, as I said all along. I thought we played really well in the first half but the three goals were disappointing. Their first goal was lower-league stuff, the ball was pumped forward and they won the first header.
“There were parts of that which were really disappointing but we came back well and got the goal, and I thought we were the better team in the first half.”Reuse content