Ipswich Town fan Russell Claydon says: ‘it’s another cup decision that now looks daft’

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Sam Allardyce took the flack for disrespecting the beloved FA Cup in round three.

The West Ham manager paid the price with a 5-0 defeat to our possible round four opponents, Nottingham Forest, after making nine changes.

He said he had no choice due to a heavy fixture list.

Mick McCarthy knew what it was like to be Big Sam this week, having previously been fined by the FA for fielding a weakened Wolves side.

The seven changes he himself made in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against League One high-flyers Preston would have left many of the 13,534 feeling short-changed and others glad they stayed away.

Three were enforced with Dean Gerken, Daryl Murphy and Tommy Smith injured.

But the others came at the expense of giving his ‘weary’ side another game next Tuesday (7.45pm), and an unwanted 518-mile round trip.

It clearly backfired as they weren’t able to breach the excellent Declan Rudd — to hometown Diss’ delight — after a controversial equaliser.

Should Kevin Davies’ goal have stood, with Tyrone Mings injured playing him onside? Yes. ‘A gentleman’s agreement’ is just that — it is your prerogative to adhere to it, I’m afraid.

McCarthy wants a reserve league reinstated instead of the under-21 league, which only affords three over-aged players the chance of a game.

I saw it suggested the club could organise local(ish) friendlies to solve this.

But weren’t they the ones who said they couldn’t play in the Suffolk Premier Cup against our top non-League sides, featuring the likes of Ian Westlake and Kemal Izzet, due to too many fixtures?

Our full-strength side will need to be at their best to keep this unbeaten run (nine games) going after Harry Redknapp’s QPR depart Portman Road on Saturday (3pm).

But if we’ve done it before, we can certainly do it again.

* You can listen to more of my views on BBC Radio Suffolk’s Life’s A Pitch pre-match show on Saturday (12-2pm).