Villa, home: subbed after 70 minutes, lone striker, replaced by McBride. We scored almost immediately after he went off, then added another later on.
Boro, away: subbed after 64 minutes, lone striker, replaced by McBride. Not much happened for us that day.
Man Utd home: on in 91st minute in a game we’d lost horribly.
Reading away: on in the 83rd minute, scored in the 90th. A game we’d dominated but not put away. Nevland made it safe.
Liverpool home: on 76, bad game for Fulham, lost 2-0, can’t remember any impact.
Man City away: on 71 for McBride, straight after we’d scored a goal (seems unlike Roy doesn’t it?). Hauled down for equalising penalty. We scored again in the 90th minute.
Birmingham home: on 67 for Kamara, scored 87 to seal win.
Portsmouth: on 72 for Dempsey, we scored in the 76th minute to win 1-0.
Hull away: on 85, 2-1 down.
Bolton: on 85, 2-1 up.
(also Leicester in the cup when he scored but was offside)
It’s a pretty decent track record so far. Noteworthy that he’s started twice and been fairly invisible (not entirely his fault), then come on as a sub and done well. It’s hard to know the extent to which he was the beneficiary of a team hitting its stride or whether he was a vital part of that team hitting its stride. I think it’s fair to say that he did his bit.
Roy’s sub patterns much more varied, although I guess with McBride coming back to fitness this was a clear need, and Kamara got a couple of knocks I seem to recall. The Portsmouth sub (on for Dempsey) was a fairly attacking move.
In summation, you shouldn’t really read the above and spontaneously combust over his lack of use this year. He’s done a good job when called upon but there’s nothing there to suggest that his absence is costing us dear. One player simply doesn’t make that much of a difference, particularly a fringe player, however effective he might be.
My guess is that we’ll see more of Nevland as the season wears on, but that he’s unlikely to grow from his current role. We’ll probably see the odd start and he might do well and he might not (just like most forwards!) but there’s nothing here to get angry about.