Paul Hurst has vowed to continue rotating his squad as he weighed up the impact of attackers Louis Dodds and Stefan Payne.
The duo both played in Friday’s disappointing reversal at Port Vale, where Payne was surprisingly included from the off – just his third start in blue and amber.
Attacking schemer Dodds was left on the bench for a first return to the side where he spent eight years and played more than 300 games.
On Payne, who has been recovering from a metatarsal injury and was also ill last week, Hurst said: “He trained a lot better. In terms of the stats we get back, he was top of those.
“He was feeling better and, people will have their own views, but for me he started to show what he can do.
“He started to stretch the game in the second period, he used his strength and his pace but he was never going to last 90 minutes, we knew we’d have to change it so that was the reason there.”
Dodds blasted in Town’s goal just moments after arriving from the bench, his 10th goal of the season coming in style, finding the top corner from outside the box.
Despite reaching double figures, and chalking up nine assists, Dodds has found himself in and out of Hurst’s starting line-up.
Hurst said: “He’s got that quality, we know that. The issue he’s got is that he played and got his two goals (against Charlton) he played the next one and he looked like it was too much of an ask.
“The squad will be used. We play on a Friday and a Monday and a Saturday-Tuesday. Some have shown that they can’t cope with two games in quick succession.”Subscribe to our Newsletter