Wolves midfielder David Jones says Mick McCarthy was right to rest players for the game against Manchester United.
McCarthy made 10 changes to the side that hung on for a miraculous win against Spurs last weekend, and the new-look team slumped to a 3-0 defeat at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
Jones insists that the players were exhausted after the victory at White Hart Lane, and that the Wolves squad is capable of putting out strong back-up players.
"Everyone could see that all the players put in absolute 100 per cent effort at Tottenham on Saturday," he told the club's official website.
"That sort of effort takes it out of you whichever league you are playing in, let alone one of the top teams in the Premier League.
"We've got around 22 or 23 senior players here now who are regarded as first-team players.
"They are players who should be expected to come in and do a job and also take the opportunity to show the manager what they can do."
Jones returned to the first-team against United after suffering a knee injury against the Red Devils earlier in the season.
The knock required surgery but the 25-year-old midfielder is keen return to full fitness and fight his way back into the side.
"I managed to get on for a few minutes and get a few touches and I just tried to be involved as much as I could," he added.
"It's always important to try and get your passing range back because when you haven't played for a while it's all about getting back used to the spaces on the pitch.
"It was nice to get back on the ball again and try a few things and hopefully it's a taster for some more action in the near future.
"It's a case of one step at a time and just training well now and seeing what happens in the games coming up."