Torquay boss Martin Ling says players that missed the
4-0 Capital One Cup loss to Leicester
did their chances more good than those who played.
Ling was unhappy with how his side fared in the loss at Plainmoor.
Billy Bodin, Danny Stevens and Lloyd Macklin were all unavailable and he says their chances have improved.
"By being away and being injured they've probably done themselves more favours than those who were out there," Ling told BBC Radio Devon.
"People that are injured will give people the opportunity, but those people haven't taken that opportunity and then you go back to those people who are tried and trusted if they're fit," he added.
Ling felt that his side, who have had promising pre-season results against the likes of Leeds and Stoke, did not take that form into their first competitive match.
"We had a reality check, but we made it too easy for them, their movement was excellent but we didn't cope with their movement.
"If you're going to play a team of Leicester's quality you need all 11 players to play to their potential, but I think we only had three or four players who did that.
"Overall it's disappointing, I was hoping that we could pull off a surprise, or at least give Leicester a game, but we didn't do that."