Manager Chris Powell dismissed any potential dilemma over which Huddersfield Town goalkeeper to go for at Bolton Wanderers on Saturday and said: “I’m just pleased to have two who are very capable.”
A back injury for Alex Smithies led to a league debut for Joe Murphy, who kept a clean sheet as Town went 14th in the Championship with their 0-0 draw at home to Sheffield Wednesday.
It was the first time Smithies, 24, had failed to start a league game since Town returned to the Championship in 2012.
Murphy picked up knocks to the shoulder and hand, and Powell is keeping close tabs on the fitness of both.
Experienced former Coventry City man Murphy, 33, had a series of clashes with Owls striker Stevie May.
Powell later revealed he was concerned at half-time, explaining: “Joe looked a bit battered and bruised. But there was no way he wanted to come off. He had the chance to prove to everyone that he’s a good keeper, and he wanted to take it.”
Close-season signing Murphy, a Republic of Ireland cap whose two previous Town appearances had come in the Capital One Cup, said: “When I came here I understood I had to fight for a place.
“Alex is a top keeper, technically one of the best I have worked with. But he got an injury so it was a chance for me.
“Alex was struggling early last week, so I had a chance to prepare. I was pleased with the way it went, and a clean sheet is the main thing.
“Of course I want to play matches, but it’s in the hands of the manager.”
With Murphy a starter, Lloyd Allinson was on the bench for the second time in three games.
The 21-year-old was also among the substitutes at Derby County earlier this month, when Murphy was ruled out by illness.