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Chris Hughton "disappointed" by League's subs decision

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Chris Hughton disapproves of the decision allowing teams to name only five subs instead of seven.

Birmingham City manager Chris Hughton has expressed his disappointment over the Football League’s decision to allow clubs to name five substitutes instead of seven.

The league last season followed the Premier League in allowing clubs to name seven potential replacements, a system that Hughton believes should have stayed in place.

“I am very disappointed and it is something which has crept up on us,” Hughton told Sky Sports News.

“Seven benefits you. It is a great opportunity for young players to be involved in the first team.

“The worst thing a manager can do is leave players in the stands.”

Teams will still be permitted seven named substitutes in the Carling Cup and FA Cup, but only five in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd128132113825
2West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom1273231171424
3Leeds UnitedLeeds126512291323
4Middlesbrough12642146822
5Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest124711713419
6Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds125431918119
7Brentford124622014618
8Derby CountyDerby125341513218
9Norwich CityNorwich125341515018
10Blackburn RoversBlackburn124621415-118
11Swansea CitySwansea12453129317
12Wigan AthleticWigan125251416-217
13Bristol City124441614216
14Stoke CityStoke124441718-116
15Aston Villa123632020015
16Bolton WanderersBolton124351015-515
17Birmingham CityBirmingham122821312114
18Queens Park RangersQPR12426919-1014
19Rotherham UnitedRotherham12327919-1011
20Millwall122461319-610
21Reading122371520-59
22Preston North EndPreston122371824-69
23Ipswich TownIpswich121651118-79
24Hull City122281019-98

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