Andy Peaks changed things up for Tuesday’s 3-2 defeat at Kettering Town in the first round of the NFA Hillier Senior Cup.
But the AFC Rushden & Diamonds boss perhaps ended up with more than he bargained for after he admitted a number of players “asked me a few questions” with their performances.
Peaks gave a number of his fringe players an opportunity to shine and they trailed 3-0 in the second half at Latimer Park before battling back thanks to goals from Sam Brown and substitute Chris Wreh.
And the Diamonds boss believes his team’s overall display confirmed the strength of their squad.
“It was a good night to learn a bit about some players and from my point of view I was pleased with what we did,” Peaks said.
“I think it showed that we have got a decent squad, which I have said all along that we are going to need.
“Some of them who played have been involved as much but every single one of them showed they are capable of coming in and performing.
“They have come into the side and asked me a few questions about when they are going to be involved and that’s a great problem for me to have.
“We have had a few injuries and it’s important you have that back up.”
Peaks, meanwhile, was disappointed with the final outcome as Diamonds’ six-match unbeaten run in all competitions was ended.
But he was delighted with the spirit his players showed after they had gone 3-0 down.
“It’s disappointing to lose a local derby,” he added.
“I did say before the game that it wasn’t a priority but you never want to lose to a Kettering team no matter what.
“But I thought we gave a good account of ourselves and I was generally pleased.
“You could go under after going 3-0 down to a good team from a higher level but I thought we dug in well and we could have nicked another one to make it 3-3.
“We showed that spirit I keep saying we have got and we made it interesting.”