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Hull City manager blasted for subbing Altidore

Jozy Altidore came in for praise following his return to the Hull City starting lineup for the first time since going on compassionate leave following the earthquake that hit Haiti. The same couldn't be said for Tigers manager, Phil Brown , and his decision to take the 20-year-old American out of the game.

Altidore assisted on the Tigers' first goal and earned a penalty that led to their second goal in a 2-2 tie with Wolves, but he later went off for new signing, Egypt international Amr Zaki. The move baffled former English star Paul Merson, a pundit on Sky Sports' Soccer Saturday show.

"I can't believe Phil Brown made the substitution but he knows better than me," said Merson. "Jozy Altidore was a threat, an absolute threat. He set up the first, then won the penalty, but he had a one-on-one and [Wolves keeper Marcus] Hahnemann made the save - but Wolves were relieved to see him go off because he was a big, big threat. Zaki came on and did alright but not as well as Altidore. I thought that substitution changed the game."

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