Preston North End manager Simon Grayson defended his team selection after he made nine changes for the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy defeat against Oldham Athletic.
Goals from Danny Philliskirk and James Wesolowski ensured that the Latics avenged their league loss at Deepdale 30 days ago with a comfortable 2-0 win.
The competition rules state that six players who started at the weekend in the league should start in the JPT but only Paul Huntington and Scott Laird retaining their places in the starting eleven from the 2-0 defeat at Peterborough on Saturday.
“On paper, it was certainly a strong enough team [to win the game],” he said.
“Three quarters, ninety percent of that team are regular seasoned professionals, apart from Ryan [Croasdale] and Alex [Nicholson], who had earned their right for their debuts.
“I don’t think we’ve done any wrong. Yes, we may have broken one or two rules with the team but it wasn’t as if we were putting out eight youth team players and a couple of players that we’re looking to get rid of.
“John Welsh was captain of the football club last year and was player of the year; John Mousinho was captain last year; Nicky Wroe was our leading goalscorer; Lee Holmes has played 90% of the games under me.”
“We went with a team that was still capable of winning the game,” he added. “Most of the players we put out have played hundreds of league games. We weren’t being disrespectful; we had to change it around because we had lads away on international duty and lads who are injured.”