UK time is: 00:02:53
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

RUFC - Is The 'Selection Rule' In The JPT Fair?

While Rotherham United get ready to take on Hartlepool United in the quarter finals of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy I got to wondering how fair the competition actually was.

Before the last round Swindon Town Manager Mark Cooper had a moan to the media about the selection rule in the competition with Preston North End Manager Simon Grayson also miffed by the rule.

The rule states that six players who started the previous game should also start the Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie - meaning that you can only make five changes for the game. We've seen teams get round this by starting with six of the previous players who played but then subbing three of them very early in the game.

When this rule was first introduced I presume it was thought it was for the good of the competition meaning that teams wouldn't put their 'young unused players' in but, on the other hand, you have a squad of players so why can't you use your full squad? And isn't it good for the players who probably wouldn't get many chances of first team games to play in this competition?

Our own Steve Evans has said that he will probably make as many changes as he is allowed on Tuesday night - although two are enforced changes as Kari Arnason and Michael O'Connor are away on International duty.

Let's be honest to a lot of clubs this competition means very little unless they get to the Wembley - to the fans as well - and I have to say I feel it's just a set of games that puts your best players in the 'shop window' while they can also get injured/booked/sent-off which won't help you in the league.

So, what do you think? Should the rules be revised and Manager's be able to play who they want? Or do you think the competition is fine just as it is?

Tell us here on Vital Rotherham
Join The Vital Debate






Vital Rotherham on: facebook

Vital Rotherham on: twitter




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Herringthorpe  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday November 11 2013

Time: 7:46AM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Rotherham United Articles

RUFC - Reserves Beat Donny (Wednesday October 22 2014)

Stats: Rotherham United v Fulham (Wednesday October 22 2014)

RUFC - Evans 'Jonson Big Player For Us' (Wednesday October 22 2014)

RUFC - Millers Boss Frustrated After Draw (Wednesday October 22 2014)

Millers And Fulham In Six Goal Thriller (Tuesday October 21 2014)

Millers v Cottagers Preview (Tuesday October 21 2014)

RUFC - Funds Available For New Players (Tuesday October 21 2014)

RUFC - Evans 'Respect Is Important' (Tuesday October 21 2014)

RUFC - Head-to-Head v Fulham (Monday October 20 2014)

Archived Rotherham United Articles

List All Vital Rotherham Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. rybel_b 683
2. herringthorpe 553
3. sixpence 319
4. miller4life 70
5. mos60 41
6. nearlyataff 30
7. mvmiller 19
8. Millie Miller 19
9. nogginthenog 14
10. axholme 12

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
11. Blackburn 13 5 4 4 -1 19
12. Brentford 13 5 4 4 -1 19
13. Sheff Wed 13 4 6 3 0 18
14. Rotherham 13 4 4 5 -3 16
15. Leeds Utd 13 4 4 5 -3 16
16. Huddersfield 13 4 4 5 -6 16
17. Reading 13 4 3 6 -8 15

Breaking League News

The Reds unbolt the Trotters.
Charlton : 22/10/2014 23:06:00
LUFC Who should replace Doukara in attack?
Leeds Utd : 22/10/2014 21:26:00
LUFC Cellino backs defender in race row
Leeds Utd : 22/10/2014 20:50:00
LUFC Young defender wants a run in the side
Leeds Utd : 22/10/2014 20:33:00
Brentford vs Sheffield Wednesday Match Review
Brentford : 22/10/2014 20:29:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Do you prefer evening or afternoon football
Suggested By:  
Afternoon 76%
Evenings 8%
Any 16%