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Boss Appleton praises sub Dave after Ewood horror
MICHAEL Appleton believes Dave Jones’ second half contribution put many of his team-mates to shame on Saturday – after praising the impact of all three of his half time substitutes.
Trailing 3-0 at the break to lowly Peterborough, Appleton handed debuts to Cameron Stewart, on loan from Hull, Wigan’s Jones as well as introducing Adam Henley to the action.
Danny Murphy, David Bentley and Bradley Orr made way for the trio with Appleton hoping the second half efforts – bringing the match back to 3-2 – can prove a platform for tomorrow’s trip to Bolton.
Central midfielder Jones only completed his loan move on the morning of the game and Appleton is looking forward to having the 28-year-old available until the end of the season.
He was also excited about the prospect of having 21-year-old Stewart available for selection, after signing him from Hull on loan until the end of the season on Friday.
Appleton said: “The way they went about it in the second half was a positive show. The three substitutions made an impact. The two loanees did ever so well in the first game and at least it gives me something positive going into a massive derby.
“The three substitutes were magnificent when they came on. Jonah got his goal and he was first to every second ball, he was competitive, he was supporting the back four, he was supporting the front players. What you want from your midfield players. He has shown a desire and commitment that probably embarrassed a few people.
“Obviously Cameron is a young lad with a slight frame. He has good feet, good balance, he has a change of gear, a change of pace, and when he gets on the ball in certain areas he can hurt teams.
“Possibly they are with a view to next season. It is like anything, we will keep an open mind. If they come in and do ever so well then there is always that opportunity. Jonah is going to be out of contract so you never know.”
Appleton remains hopeful of adding to his squad again this week, with former Rangers midfielder Kevin Thomson training with the club at the moment.
Thomson, a central midfielder, is a free agent having been released by Middlesbrough in January and Appleton is yet to make a final decision on him.
He said: “He has trained for a few days with us and we wanted to see where he was fitness wise. Since he left Middlesbrough he has been doing a bit at Hibs, so we will see where he is.
“We need permission and if we get it we will look to do it.”