Josep Gombau believes his questionable substitutions were completely justified and had no impact on the outcome of a hard fought draw against Adelaide United on Wednesday night.

Following back to back wins the Wanderers looked primed to earn a third after Jack Clisby prodded home the opener in the 52nd minute from close range at the back post.

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In the lead up to the goal the Wanderers produced a number of clear cut chances and were starting to emerge as the stronger of the two sides as the end-to-end contest unfolded.

However despite the elation from fans in seeing their team perform for the third week in a row following a dreary string of woeful performances Gombau then proceeded to make a number of perplexing changes.

Chris Herd was brought off for Lachlan Scott in the 63rd minute and shortly after Brendon Santalab replaced Roly Bonevacia while Steven Lustica swapped out for Brendan Hamill.

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Bonevacia was integral in the workings of the first goal and with just three games this season it seemed reckless to throw youngster Lachlan Scott into the mix given the circumstances.

Lustica too was threatening in his starting role and was beginning to hone in his crosses and if not for a frantic goal line save from Jordan Elsey would have tucked away the first goal.

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After the changes Adelaide began to turn the tide and eventually founding the equaliser but Gombau remained adamant his changes were the right ones.

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“Players like Scott last week brought a lot to us in Brisbane, Santalab also,” Gombau explained.

“I thought that we could win and score the second goal having the change.”

Gombau also explained that each substitution was necessary, not tactical.

“We changed Chris Herd because he was injured, Lustica we changed because he was tired and not arriving to defend the three plus one we had in the box,” he said.

“We put on Hamill, a player who has characteristics of a defensive player.”

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Following the changes the number of chances the Wanderers managed to muster began to dwindle however Gombau didn’t see the correlation.

“I don’t feel that we missed something or that I changed the game, I don’t have this feeling,” he said.

“It’s football, we conceded in a corner not in open action.”

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If the win had not slipped away the Wanderers would have been level on points with Adelaide United and may have eased the skepticism leveled at Gombau’s methods.

“We deserved to win, honestly, I think in the first half three good chances to go into the changing rooms winning,” said Gombau.

“Set pieces they beat us and they get a draw, for us we lost points.”

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