Chris Coleman feels his decision to rest players was justified despite Fulham's humiliating Carling Cup exit to Wycombe on Wednesday evening.
The League Two outfit came away from Craven Cottage with a place in the next round courtesy of a 2-1 victory that was not well received by the Fulham faithful.
While Coleman elected to rest several key figures he did still employ seven internationals, with the Welsh tactician of the opinion that this should have been enough to see off Wycombe.
"The team we put out on the pitch had seven internationals," said Coleman.
"We're not happy at going out and we don't want to lose any game.
"We've rested a lot of players because we had to but the team we put on the pitch was good enough to win the game.
"We didn't (win) because of our first-half performance."
Coleman's woes have been compounded by the fact Fulham face Chelsea on Saturday, with the fitness of influential midfielder Papa Bouba Diop a real concern.
"Before we start thinking about a team for Chelsea we have to see what bodies are available," he said.
"We're missing a lot of key players and it's going to be a battle for us. If we were running out with our strongest side it would be hard enough.
"But with four or five key players out you know you'll be up against it. Papa Bouba has a 70-30 chance of making it."