Exeter manager Paul Tisdale was delighted by the performance of debutant Aaron Dawson in the 2-0 defeat at Huddersfield on Saturday.
Dawson, usually a central midfielder, was drafted in for his first Grecians start in the less familiar right-back position after Steve Tully and Richard Duffy both fell foul of injuries.
And although Exeter returned to Devon without anything to show for their trip in terms of points, Tisdale said the 19-year-old's performance was a major positive.
He told the Western Morning News: "Seeing as though he is a midfield player and has only played a few games there for the reserves, I thought he did extremely well.
"We didn't take him off because he was playing poorly, but because we were going a bit more open and I wanted Jake (Taylor) to go one against one with their wide player. He did extremely well.
"It was tough for him against two good wingers but, when the challenge is so black and white, it becomes a simple challenge. When it is so obvious your mind is not diluted by doing anything else other than doing that particular job and he did extremely well."