Kilmarnock boss Kenny Shiels was delighted with his team after their 3-0 win over Ross County but disappointed he was forced to go for experience at the expense of youth.
A first start since March for Paul Heffernan, who celebrated his return with two goals, and a start for Gary Harkins who grabbed the third, helped ease the home side to a comfortable win in the end. But Shiels was quick to credit County with their contribution to an entertaining game.
He said: "It was a good game of football and Ross County made a fantastic contribution.
"After the 0-0 draw with them earlier in the season I said we should both get points taken off us as it was boring game. But this time both teams contributed to a really good game of football."
Shiels was in no doubt that his side thoroughly deserved the margin of their win, as he said: "I played experience today and we can't play our strongest team and sacrifice our youth development.
"But today was a development day and we showed a lot of creativity and created about 10 or 12 chances. The movement of the front two pleased me but the work rate throughout the team was great.
"We had a couple of efforts cleared off the line in the first half and at half-time I told the players that we were the more likely team to score and after we did in the second half we took command."
Ross boss Derek Adams accepted that the better team won but pointed out his side had passed up good opportunities to take the lead.
"In the first half we had a good couple of chances through Rocco Quinn and Steven Ross - possibly the better chances of the half and didn't take them," Adams said.
"I always felt that the team that scored the first goal would go on and win the game and that's what Kilmarnock did."