Norwich City boss Daniel Farke felt his much-changed side came close to executing the perfect game-plan away to Burton Albion in the Sky Bet Chamionship on Saturday.
The Head Coach made six alterations to the team which beat Birmingham on Boxing Day, with a jammed festive schedule to consider ahead of Monday's meeting with Millwall.
"We took a lot of risks because of the load and having many games," Farke told Norwich City TV.
"We left out many important players but we made that decision. We thought Burton wasn't the place for technical players; the pitch is tough and they battle with long balls.
"In the first 15 minutes we were struggling but we improved. Our plan was to bring players like James Maddison and Alex Pritchard on to win the game in the second half.
"We had chances to do that but we have to accept the draw. A clean sheet away is always good although I'm disappointed with our finishing situations in the last 20 minutes."
Offering further context on why he left certain members of his squad out of the starting XI, Farke added: "Alex Pritchard was away for four months and can't play four games within nine days.
"It's the same with Jamal Lewis. He was out for six months and can't play two full games in such a short amount of time.
"James Maddison had big problems with his calf for the Birmingham game. He didn't feel 100 per cent and we didn't want to risk losing him for months.
"In general, it's always tricky when you have to take the decision. We have two games in three days so have to deal with the situation."