Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson defends selection for FA Cup tie with Huddersfield
Manager Nigel Pearson has defended his decision to change a winning side for Leicester City's FA Cup fourth-round tie at Huddersfield Town.
Substitute Chris Wood rescued a replay for City with an 82nd-minute equaliser.
Up to then, they were on the verge of going out of the competition following Lee Novak's 74th-minute penalty.
Pearson said some of the changes were enforced because of injury and, while he wants to make progress in the Cup, the league campaign was the priority.
"I made a number of changes, some enforced and some not," said Pearson. "When you make that number of changes it is not easy to get into a rhythm or into a flow.
"It was a good opportunity for one or two players who have not had starts recently.
"Richie Wellens started his first game for a long time and I thought he coped well under the circumstances.
"It is about doing what is right for the squad. I still think if we had played as well as we can we would win.
"It is not as if when we name a different side it is necessarily a weaker one. We have a good squad with a lot of experience. We have picked up a few injuries of late and training has not been easy because of the conditions.
"Anthony Knockaert has had a scan on his ankle and, hopefully, he will not be out for too long. Matty James needed a rest and Chris Wood had a knock on his knee on Friday. It was sensible to make some of the changes but you are always flirting with people criticising you for doing so.
"I never want our fans to perceive us making changes as being anything other than being positive for our club. I am sure the fans would have loved to have seen us win but we are still in the tie.
"The league has always been, and will continue to be, our priority this season. I am always going to make selection decisions with that in mind."