Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says he is not concerned about dropping defender Adam Webster from his starting line-up.
The 21-year-old began Ipswich’s first four league games, but came on from the bench in the win against Preston.
“I explained my reasons and I was justified in the way it turned out and the way the game finished,” he said.
“When I make decisions and I win, I don’t really go away and think about how I’ve dealt with somebody else.”
Webster, who moved to Portman Road from Portsmouth in June, was an 89th-minute substitute in the 1-0 victory against Preston, but had played in every minute of their games against Barnsley, Brentford, Wolves and Norwich.
McCarthy has several options in defence ahead of their game against Reading on Friday evening and is used to rotating his defensive line-up.
“What about when I told Tommy Smith he wasn’t playing? We beat Derby in the last game of the season, we drew with Middlesbrough, we beat MK Dons, we had a really good run,” McCarthy told BBC Radio Suffolk.
“I left Tommy out, that’s the way it is, I make decisions.
“They might not like it but they’ve got to accept it and when we win, they’ve got to accept it even more. It makes my job much easier.”