Everton boss David Moyes claims the Premier League "let themselves down" with their scheduling of the Merseyside derby.
Moyes was criticised in some quarters for failing to field a full-strength side in Tuesday's 3-0 defeat by Liverpool at Anfield, seemingly giving precedence to Saturday's FA Cup clash with Sunderland.
But he was quoted by the Daily Mirror as saying: "To put that game in there before quarter-finals involving both teams, you think it hardly makes sense. I think the Premier League let themselves down with that.
"When you put fixtures in like the one we had before a game, then the Premier League are going to lose crowds and support, because we can't obviously fit that in, if you're going to put a midweek game in before a quarter-final tie.
"I think the Premier League are the ones who are now beginning to let themselves down with the way they are doing it."
Moyes insists he has no regrets over his team selection for Tuesday night's derby defeat by Liverpool.
"It has been an important week," he said. "It was always going to be tough and that has proved to be the case.
"We have got a lot of players here and a good squad when they are fit.
"We chose to use them and give a few of them a game. We want them all to be fit and ready for the run-in, and obviously for the game tomorrow."