Steve Clarke defended his decision to drop West Brom's leading scorer Shane Long after seeing his replacement, Romelu Lukaku, score the winner in the 1-0 home success over Reading.

Clarke left out Long against his former club but he came off the bench to tee up the second half winner for on loan Chelsea striker Lukaku. Victory lifted Baggies into third spot in the Barclays Premier League with 10 points from their opening five games.

Clarke said: "Shane has been terrific for me this season and it was a difficult decision to leave him out. I just thought Lukaku had been very patient waiting for his chance from the bench."

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