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On yer Jack

Filed: Sunday, 13th April 2008
By: Staff Writer

Alan Curbishley has explained his decision to substitute Jack Collinson just 50 minutes into his full first team debut on Saturday.

Collison - who made his debut in the 2-0 defeat at Arsenal earlier in the season - has started as part of a three-man midfield at the Reebok Stadium.

But after being overrun by Bolton - and with the Hammers a goal behind - Alan Curbishley opted to pull the youngster in favour of Carlton Cole just five minutes into the second half.

"I do feel sorry for him," said Curbishley. "We came here to be as strong as we can and I felt if we matched up in the middle of the park and brought Jack in, it would give him a chance to express himself.

"But we never got a chance for 45 minutes. As soon as the goal went in I just felt I had to change it. It was disappointing for him but he'll get over it.

"I had a decision to make. Did I put Tomkins on straight [away]? But I felt that with Jack out there as well to start with it was a little bit difficult. I knew that Freddie [Sears] might be coming on at some stage [too]."

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