BYRON Webster was disappointed that his first league start for Millwall lasted only 26 minutes but Ian Holloway said the defender took his substitution in a "fantastic spirit".
Webster, who was taken off before the half-hour mark during Tuesday's 3-2 loss to Reading, was on a yellow card after giving away a penalty.
But Holloway said he had to sacrifice the former Yeovil Town centre back in order to correct his own tactical error. Martyn Woolford replaced Webster.
Holloway explained: "I was at fault for the start – I gave Reading too much credit.
"I played Alan Dunne at right back and Carlos Edwards on the wing to stop Jordan Obita, so poor Byron Webster had to come off because I needed another attacker on.
"I wanted to rest some players and give some others a chance. Webby didn't deserve to come off, it was a tactical situation and he took it in fantastic spirit.
"He's bound to be disappointed. He went up to try and score us a goal from a corner and the two people who were left back to defend didn't. So it wasn't his fault.
"But I wanted to put my captain back in central defence and bring Carlos back in, and go with the ones who've been playing regularly.
"Mark Beevers better watch out because if I move Dunne to the other side, Webby might have a chance to play there as well. It's all about competition."