PETER JACKSON today explained his decision to drop team captain Efe Sodje for yesterday's Belle Vue contest.
The 31-year-old defender was left out for the first time this season as Town fielded Nat Brown alongside David Mirfin and sweeper Nathan Clarke against Doncaster's lively attack.
It was Brown's first senior start since February, and Jackson said: "I have been disappointed with Sodje.
"We have had five League games and probably his best performance was against Leeds in the Carling Cup.
"He gave away the penalty against Peterborough on Saturday and I just felt it was time to give him a rest."
On his replacement, Jackson added: "Nat did okay because he had a big battle on his hands with Leo Fortune-West.
"Nat will always give it 110%, though, and he's been working hard for the chance of a start."
Eighth from bottom of the table, Town have Tony Carss (knee) under intensive treatment ahead of Hull's visit to the Galpharm Stadium on Sunday.
"I'm disappointed with yesterday because I know the lads can play a whole lot better," said Jackson.
"Doncaster's full-backs exposed our midfield and back line, we gave them too much time and space and the dominated, so we can't take too many positives.
"There's a long way to go, though, and we just have to bounce back."