Former Leeds United boss Simon Grayson has questioned his own decision to bench Robert Snodgrass during the 2-1 win against Bristol Rovers that sealed promotion to the Championship back in 2010.

Snodgrass commemorated the 10-year anniversary of the promotion with a post to his official Instagram account, one which sent Leeds fans wild.

The Scotland international started on the bench in that game despite starring throughout the season – although it nearly backfired with Max Gradel getting sent off.

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Grayson commented on the post joking that it must have been his assistant’s idea to bench Snodgrass, something we can all laugh about 10 years on.

“10 years is unreal,” he wrote.

“Can’t believe I only had you on the bench, it must have been Snods idea. Hope your well.”

Looking back at the decision, it certainly wasn’t one of Grayson’s finest moments in West Yorkshire – especially if Leeds had to settle for the play-offs once again.

Snodgrass was one of the finest players in League One at the time, and Grayson went for the more defensive option of Bradley Johnson out wide to accommodate for Michael Doyle alongside Neil Kilkenny.

That season, the 32-year-old started 44 games and only missed two from the beginning, which makes that decision even more questionable.

Snoddy went down as a legend at the club, and it’s easy to see why. The winger scored seven and assisted an impressive 11 goals from out wide [Transfermarkt].

It’s easy to look back on that call and question it now, but it doesn’t matter and the fact that promotion was secured can justify the decision made by Grayson – lucky.

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