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Preston North End boss Simon Grayson laments Johnstone's Pant Trophy squad restrictions


Preston North End manager Simon Grayson thinks that changes need to be made to the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy rules.

PNE will take on Oldham tonight at Deepdale after they gained a buy into the second round.

Grayson thinks that rules such as having only five substitutes available as opposed to seven in other domestic competitions is just one of several counter productive rules.

Competition rules currently dictate that six players who started the previous game should also start the JPT tie, or failing that, six players who played the JPT have to start in their next league game.

Grayson said: “We have some good options available, players who have not been in the team recently who are champing at the bit."

“We have had the leading scorer from last season (Wroe), last season’s player of the year and captain (Welsh) and the next captain (Mousinho) all sat on the bench recently.

“Joe Garner played his part earlier in the season and David Buchanan has been outstanding for us. So we have got the players who need games, but are we allowed to utilise them because of the rules?"

“Whatever team we put out won’t weaken us or disrespect the competition. It is a competition we want to win and get silverware from."

“I know that this is an early stage of the competition but it leads to an appearance at Wembley, which would be a good day out for everyone.”

The other cup competitions such as the FA cup and League Cup have no rules that state clubs can't make whole sale changes for cup games, something top Premier League sides often do.

 “There are no rules in the FA Cup or League Cup which stop people making changes, so why should the JPT be any different?" Grayson continued.

“I would love to put one or two of our Under-18s in and around the squad because they are ready for first-team football. But we can’t make too many changes otherwise we get fined for it."

“This competition only allows for five substitutes – in the others you have seven.”


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