Fulham boss Sanchez admits relief after crucial win

Fulham boss Lawrie Sanchez was delighted his substitutions worked for yesterday's 3-1 defeat of Reading.

At 1-1, Sanchez threw on strikers Shefki Kuqi and David Healy and saw both players grab crucial goals.

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"Sometimes they go for you but you can also live or die by substitutions," said the former Northern Ireland manager.

"Martin Jol was pilloried here when he took off Robbie Keane and we hit back for a draw.

"The introduction of Shefki was quite important. He won his first header and the crowd got behind him. It was a pity in a way he didn’t score our second goal but it was his leap that did it and Clint (Dempsey) picked up the pieces.

"Shefki livened us up and David's only a sub because he needs to play alongside a big front man. He's missed Brian McBride but we should have him back from his knee injury before long.

"I've got a lot of forwards here and it is hard squeezing them all into the same team. I'm pleased for David after he missed a similar chance last week. That's the first time he and Shefki have played together."

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