Crawley Town head coach Gabriele Cioffi believes the whole squad being ready to play when asked is key to producing a winning season.
The Reds boss made ten changes to the side for Tuesday night’s Checkatrade Trophy tie against Portsmouth.
The League One leaders won the game 1-0 through a 37th minute goal by Dion Donohue.
Pompey made nine changes to their side as well but were still opposition.
Cioffi said: “I was really happy about our performance, I saw a really good game.
“We played really good football but conceded a silly goal, we can avoid a goal like that.
“I think we had a couple of chances to draw.”
Cioffi wanted to see a response by players who were given starts who have either been used as substitutes for League Two matches or not selected for the match-day squad.
He said: “I’m really happy with the reaction of those who at the moment are usually on the bench or in the stand.
“So I can say to the lads well done!
“Everyone has to be ready to be picked and I had the answer I wanted. This is the way to create a winning season.”