Grant McCann was full of praise for the young players that made an impact off the bench in the defeat to Morecambe.
McCann introduced both Jack Goodman and Tavonga Kuleya as part of a quadruple change after Rovers fell 3-0 down to the Shrimps.
And while the pair could not inspire a dramatic comeback, both put the opposition on the back foot, with Goodman in particular unfortunate to not find the net.
“They were excellent,” McCann said. “They gave us energy, appetite, running. They brought everything when they came on.
“That is really, really pleasing to see.
“Hopefully the boys who came off can see that, and what it takes to be part of a team with the way that we want to work. The lads who did come off can do it but there was too many of our players not getting around the pitch.
“We can present all this to the players because it’s there in black and white to see.
“We need to make sure we put the wrongs right, go into next week fresh and get ready for Bradford at home.
“This game was absolutely nowhere near the standards that myself and Cliff set. To win football games you need to be able to work, run, fight and win duels.”