Sam Allardyce defended his decision to take Wayne Rooney off in yesterday's Merseyside derby saying that his substitutions proved to be a turning point for his team in the game.
Allardyce was asked if things were alright with Rooney after his visible irritation at being substituted a few minutes shy of the hour mark in the goalless draw at Goodison Park.
“Things are alright by me,” he replied. “If Wayne's not alright he'll come and see me.
“At the end of the day, the substitutes made the difference today in helping us get back in the game.
“My job is no matter who you are or how big you are, you can be substituted when I feel it necessary to help the team and I thought all the substitutions contributed quite a considerable amount to getting us much more into the game and much more quality going forward.
“In fairness to Tom, Wayne and Yannick, they'd worked their socks off before that, they were tiring, and the substitutes are there to get fresh legs on.
“When the substitutes make the impact that they made, I was feeling that was the right thing to do today and, as a coaching staff, we've all come off the pitch and agreed that was a turning point for us — the substitutions.”