Lee Clark has backed Donervon Daniels to bounce back at Blackpool after being surprisingly dropped last weekend.
The on loan defender had been an ever present for the Seasiders until he was left out of the 18-man squad for the draw at Rotherham.
The 21-year-old from West Brom was left out because the rules prevent clubs naming more than five loan players in their team.
Pool manager Clark said: “It was hard for me to leave Donervon out. It was totally nothing against his performances.
“He’s going to be a top young defender. It was just the loan regulations which prevented me picking him.
“I wanted to put players in their specific positions and so had to use Tom Kennedy and Kevin Foley at right-back and left-back as that’s their correct positions.
“We had Joe Lewis as the keeper and obviously Jacob Murphy has done a great job. We also we felt Stuart O’Keefe would give us energy in the middle. It was a tough call and I had to sit Donervon down to tell him.
“I felt for him because he didn’t deserve to lose his place.
“He was disappointed, which I wanted and expected from him, but before the game and after the game he was fantastic in the dressing room.
“I have been delighted with his response.”
Blackpool have seven loan players in their squad. The other is John Lundstram, who has mised the last two games.
It’s a situation which has been forced upon new boss Clark, as only loan deals have been available to him since he took charge.
He hinted the situation is likely to ease when the transfer window opens in four weeks.
Clark added: “Once the window opens, some of the loans will hopefully turn into full-time deals and that will help us.
“It will allow us to use more loans in our favour.
“There’s a situation to turn Joe Lewis’ deal into a permanent one and Tom Kennedy’s too, which would help us.
“Hopefully I won’t have to leave good players and good lads out.”