West Ham United first-team coach Ian Hendon was satisfied with a worthwhile exercise, even if the result against Charlton Athletic on Thursday afternoon left much to be desired.
Despite a 4-2 friendly defeat at the Boleyn Ground, there was plenty to be pleased about for Hendon, not least a whole host of senior players getting much-needed minutes.
Elsewhere, Croatian forward Mladen Petric bagged his first goal in West Ham colours, while Academy graduate George Moncur also impressed with a second-half cameo and goal.
"The lads that needed minutes got minutes," Hendon told West Ham TV. "It's not always about the result but obviously we want to win games, no matter what they are.
"That's the competitive spirit in us as coaches, the manager and also the players. It's a disappointing result, but all in all, a good workout and some minutes on the board for some of the lads that needed them.
"The last international break, we had a little trip out to Spain and played Espanyol, that was a very good game. This time we played Charlton, who are a Championship club and have come here and given us a good workout."
Though the Addicks would eventually prevail, it was the Hammers who opened the scoring, as Petric rose highest to power a deep Matt Jarvis centre past Ben Alnwick. The Croat was one of several seniors to see out the entire 90 minutes and Hendon insists the minutes will do those individuals the power of good.
"Petric has played 90 minutes against Charlton, we want to get him match fit and he's edging towards that now," he continued. "Like you say, it was a good finish, a good header at the far post and nice for him to get on the scoresheet.
"George Moncur has come on and scored, he looked bright when he came on. But it was mainly about the seniors getting minutes under their belts, the likes of Joe Cole, Stewart Downing got another hour each. They'll have a bit of a recovery day tomorrow and then the weekend off."
While Hendon is certainly not accustomed to, nor prepared to accept defeat, there is no danger of Thursday's friendly dampening the spirit in the camp following Sunday's spectacular result.
"The result is a little bit of a disappointment, but obviously Sunday was what it was all about this week and to go there and get a fantastic result like we did has kept the place bubbling this week. We'll come in Monday, bright and breezy, ready to go again for Manchester City next Saturday."