Allardyce had declared: ““It is always difficult for me. If we were in a better position with our results it would have been a good thing to look at the odd player.
“But the pressure with us at the moment to get results means it would be difficult for me to do.
“If you put a youngster in and lose you get criticised, the youngster might get criticised, so it is difficult.
“Or play all your youngsters in the FA Cup and get slaughtered for it. You say ‘we don’t give youngsters a chance’ but you give them a chance, lose, and get slaughtered for it.
“You can’t have your cake and eat it.”
Here are the responses received within the first half an hour of the story appearing:
@MikeWalters You get nowhere throwing young talent on big stage. Look what happened to Villa with Jack Grealish at Wembley…
@LeeClayton: Playing a young talent would ease the pressure. I couldn’t disagree more. It is one of his blind spots.
@Phillsouthwell: He seems happy to put the odd donkey out.
Rorke’sDrift@johnnyshares: Absolute baloney, giving a few promising kids a run out would lift the place and earn him some favour for a change
Tiddy@NeilTidd: he’d not play kids if we were 30 pts clear on top of league. Feeble excuses yet again