Huddersfield Town’s FA Cup run came to an end last night because they made nine changes to their side.

Football is all about consistency.

No matter how long players spend together on the training pitch, when it comes to matches you need to send out players who know each other’s games inside out.

That is why Lincoln City top the National League.

That is why the Imps are in the quarter-final of the FA Cup.

That is why Danny Cowley’s men are in the semi-final of the FA Trophy.

Granted, the Imps’ boss does change his side for the cup competitions but not to the extent that Huddersfield did against Manchester City.

What’s more, his squad is strong enough to cope with the influx of games the Imps have to contend with.

Consistency of selection is key to success. Too much tinkering leads to failure.


Peter Hayward


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