Firstly I will say it is a disappointment for the travelling fans, but they should be the only ones unhappy at this decision.
With a busy Christmas schedule it was crucial to give the guys a rest, all 11 of them will be able to give an extra 20% against Burnley for a start.
Secondly our first team WILL STILL HAVE GOT BEAT! I'm not being pessimistic or defeatist by saying this, It's realistic. In the CC we lost against their 10 men reserves! The first team would still have lost.
And as for other teams fans criticising us, its no different to Arsenal and Chelsea fielding a dire team in the CC, we have more important to focus on.
I think MM made a brave decision and I hope it pays off because I think it'll be beneficial to us in the long run. People should stop moaning, and I'm noticing its the same people who called for MM's head after the Birmingham game, and soon took their ridiculous statements back after back to back wins.