Morecambe boss Jim Bentley admitted he had mixed feelings about seeing six of the club’s academy products on the bench against Dagenham on Saturday.
Four young professionals and two current youth team players joined goalkeeper Andreas Arestidou in the dugout for the draw at the Globe Arena.
Whilst encouraging for the future of the club, the Shrimps manager admitted it is a sign of how stretched his squad is.
Bentley said: “You always want that little bit of experience on your bench.
“I think the lads had about eight or 10 games between them at this level on Saturday.
“It’s a great boost for them all and is nice but it shows the situation we find ourselves in at the moment.
“It does give the development side a real lift though, which is the pleasing aspect of it.”
The game itself saw the Shrimps denied a fifth win in a row thanks to Rhys Murphy’s 94th minute equaliser with Bentley admitting he was still frustrated by the result a few days later.
He said: “I’m still really disappointed.
“You’ve got to fight hard for every point in this league and when you’ve got three points in your grasp and lose it with the last kick of the game it feels like a defeat.
“But we’re still five games unbeaten and things are going okay at the moment but you can’t help but feel a little bit robbed.
“But we’ve got to put that behind us ahead of what is another tough game against Northampton on Saturday.”