Sheffield Wednesday boss Gary Megson defended his controversial substitution policy after the penalty shoot-out defeat to Yorkshire rivals Bradford in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

An under-strength Wednesday side were weakened further when Megson took off three players - goalkeeper Nicky Weaver in the second minute and David Prutton and Jose Semedo in the 18th minute.

Explaining his substitutions, Megson said: "I have got a lot of players I can choose from and I have a massive game against Charlton coming up. In the end you have to do what is right for Sheffield Wednesday."

He continued: "The rules of the competition say we had to put out six first-team players but I wouldn't have done so if the rules had been different.

After a goalless 90 minutes, Wednesday missed three of their four penalties while Bradford scored all their spot-kicks through Ritchie Jones, Michael Flynn and substitute Ross Hannah.

Megson added: "No disrespect to Bradford or the competition but our big priority is not the Johnstone's Paint Trophy. But I definitely wanted the young lads to win."

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