Javi Gracia believes all of his players deserve to get more chances to play after he made several changes and earned a point away at Newcastle United.

The head coach praised his players, especially for the way they adapted to a late change, with Etienne Capoue ruled out through illness.

The Frenchman was due to play, but Gracia had to make a late change to his squad after the midfielder was deemed too unwell.

"I think [Will] Hughes scored a goal in a more difficult situation than last week when he had a clear chance," he said. 

"And [Christian] Kabasele played well, all the players are training well and they all deserve to play more often. 

"Capoue was ill during all the week. Two days before, when we had the press conference, he trained with team but after he felt worse.

"I thought he will be ready to play today, but he wasn't.

"We had the Carabao Cup game during the week only had one or two days to prepare the game. He was part of that, but then we had to make a change."

Not all of Gracia's changes were warmly welcomed by the travelling Hornets' fans, who had been singing the name of Ismaila Sarr before the head coach opted to bring on Isaac Success instead.

However, the Spaniard said he could not hear the fans and felt the Nigerian was the best option at the time.

"I didnt hear them, I didn't know what they were singing," he said.

"If you look at the bench, we had different options because we put on the pitch [Nathaniel] Chalobah, [Gerard] Deulofeu and Success.

"We also have Sarr, [Danny] Welbeck, [Adam] Masina and [Heurelho] Gomes on the bench.

"Most of them are offensive players - it was what we were looking for with these players, playing with three at the back with this shape to play with."