Have to agree with you Loki. It seemed like he was about to send Shelvey on just before the 3rd goal went in. Shelvey looked at BR to say 'well should I sit back down'? Even he knew it wasn't right for him to come on. We had the momentum, upper hand, so we should have kept faith with the eleven out there, even for another 10 mins or so. The substitutes were sent out cold, making it difficult to engage with the flow of things and it fragmented our play even becoming desperate IMO. I do hope BR learned from this and doesn't make that mistake again.
Why is the assumption that the subs were made for tactical reasons? Does someone know that is the case from some source I've missed?
I'm not saying they weren’t or if they were whether it was a good idea or not, but just suggesting that players might have been withdrawn in order to keep energy levels up, and let’s be frank Allen has not played that much lately, and when he has he's not done great. I personally think he did a great job last night, however the gaffer might have pulled him before he anticipated he might start flagging and replaced him with another player who is known for his energy.