Roy Hodgson defended his decision to change the entire starting eleven as Fulham bowed out of the Carling Cup at Manchester City last night.
The Whites fielded a virtual second string at the City of Manchester Stadium, with Simon Davies the only first-team regular.
Zoltan Zera’s volley gave the visitors the lead, but Gareth Barry forced the game into extra-time, where Kolo Toure’s header 10 minutes proved the difference.
However, Hodgson has no regrets about leaving his first team in London.
He said: “I’m disappointed we haven’t taken it to penalties, but I couldn’t ask more than they have given. I thought this team would give Man City a game, and knew we would stretch them. It was a better level than I could ask for, and drawing 1-1 [after 90 minutes] was more than I could expect but we deserved it.
“We made 11 changes, but if you look at our programme we’ve got Arsenal, Basle and West Ham in the next week. I have got a pretty good idea now of which players I can trust.”