Huddersfield Town boss Mark Robins says he will play Nahki Wells and James Vaughan together - when the time is right.
Fans questioned the manager’s decision to bring top scorer Vaughan off the bench at the expense of record signing Wells 74 minutes into the 2-2 home draw with Middlesbrough.
Wells had earlier scored his fourth goal for the club since his £1.3m move from Bradford City, but Robins explained: “He had worked hard, but he was tiring.
“James started at Blackpool on Saturday, but he wasn’t quite right (after a calf injury) which was the reason for having him on the bench.
“I thought he might be able to come in and do something for us, but I didn’t want to change our shape and go two up top, because it would have left us open in the middle.
“It didn’t work out in terms of getting a third goal, and of course I understand that’s what the fans wanted, but they have to trust me.”
The 11,999 tickets-issued crowd, including 855 visiting fans, was 16th-placed Town’s lowest home Championship gate this season.
They saw Adam Hammill fire Town into a third-minute lead only for Albert Adomah to level after seizing on recalled Oscar Gobern’s mistimed back pass in the 10th minute.
Wells put Town back in front with a sweet 34th-minute strike, but another loose ball, this time from Ollie Norwood, let in Adomah for his second two minutes after the break.
Robins added: “I sensed some edginess in the crowd, something I’ve not felt before, but stick with us. We will continue playing the tactics we are doing because they are right for this club.
“I thought we were okay, and passed the ball reasonably on a greasy surface, but we made two mistakes for their two goals, and we have to cut them out.”
Reading suffered a surprise 3-1 home defeat by relegation-threatened Barnsley but remained in the play-off zone as Nottingham Forest went down 1-0 at home to Charlton.
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