Stuart Gray insisted that goalkeeper Chris Dunn was not to blame for any of the goals as Northampton Town staged an amazing comeback to draw 4-4 at Scunthorpe.
The Town boss gave Dunn his chance after Frank Fielding returned to Blackburn Rovers following his loan spell.
Manchester United youngster Ron-Robert Zieler, a Germany under-19 international, had been expected to start after coming to Sixfields on loan.
But Gray went for Dunn in a game that saw Cobblers go 3-1 down before fighting back for a stunning draw.
Gray said: "Chris Dunn was not at fault for any of the goals and I thought he had a good game.
"I felt he needed 90 minutes and I felt he deserved the opportunity to play.
"I felt it was right for Chris to play his first game away from home and then come back in against Carlisle next week."
Gray was unhappy with some of the goals conceded, saying: "The energy and commitment was great, but we must stop gifting foals to other teams.
"If anything, I think we could have won the game and in a way it is a disappointment to have only claimed a point.
" We said before the game if we could get the ball into the strikers with quality, we felt we could cause them problems.
"In the second half it was a good all round team performance and we capitalised in the momentum our second goal gave us. We never dropped our heads, we keep going and we got our rewards."