MILLWALL boss Neil Harris made some "tricky" selection decisions for Saturday's game at Bolton but says every fit player at the club can earn a place in his squad.
Diego Fabbrini, Sid Nelson and Martyn Woolford travelled up to the north west but were not included in Harris' matchday 18.
Harris also left a number of other players behind as he took charge of the Lions for the first time as interim manager.
He said: "Deciding not to pick Diego, Sid and Martyn was tricky, definitely, and it was tricky telling the boys that they weren't involved.
"There were players that didn't travel as well like Michael Tonge, Justin Hoyte and young Ben Thompson. We've got a big squad of players.
"When you're picking a starting XI and an 18, there are decisions to be made."
Harris will be without captain Alan Dunne for games against Brighton and Brentford this week because of suspension.
Dunne picked up his tenth yellow card of the season at the Macron Stadium, triggering a two-match ban.
But Danny Shittu, who was banished by Ian Holloway in January, is not in the frame to return to the side.
"Danny's injured and he's been injured for four or five weeks now," said Harris. "Danny has been struggling with his calf.
"He's not in the reckoning at the moment. Until he's back on the training pitch and then regains fitness levels, he's not a consideration.
"But the door's not closed on anybody and all players that are match fit are available for selection."
Despite Saturday's result, Harris cherised his first taste of management.
"It's been a mad few days but the attitude of the players has made it easy for me to enjoy it," he said.
"The desire of the boys has been fantastic.
"I enjoyed watching them against Bolton and the spirit they showed. Given the chances they created for themselves, I'm gutted that they didn't get something out of the game.
"It was a disappointing result but, yes, I enjoyed it and I've enjoyed the last few days."