[quote user="lake district canary"]If you are going to win a cup these days you are going to do it with squad players. You are not going to risk overusing key players. So if your squad is good enough you will win - if it is not you won''t. So - Choice 1 - play your squad players and hope they are good enough Choice 2 - play your strongest 11 and hope they are good enough - and don''t get injured. We played a weakened 11 yesterday in a 442 - and were not good enough. If we had played our strongest team in a 4441 and won we would be celebrating - but would we win on Saturday against Wigan. We have to think that the priorities these days dictate that the League is the most important thing to focus on. if you progress in the cup, all well and good. Imo the FA cup is much more interesting because - if we continue to do well in the league and secure premership status early enough, then the risks that can be taken by fielding a stronger 11 in the fa cup games are much more worth it. Get through the third round and secure enough premiership points and then go for the fa cup with a stronger approach. Capital Cup? Too early in the season to take risks - that is why top teams don''t push it too hard - and we are a top team, currently in the top 12 clubs in the country. We should recognise that and move on. [/quote] Pedant alert: the above is only one choice between two options. Anywho, was the team really weakened that much? A number of injuries (Ruddy, Whit, RB, Tettey, Turner returning), only rested Garrido and Patches. Garrido has played probably played too many games to play 3 more in a week, and some believe that Patches goals/assists contribution is too low to guarantee selection.