The Leeds boss was speaking after his side's 1-1 draw at Bolton.
Giuseppe Bellusci, Sam Byram, Lewis Cook and Steve Morison all came into the Leeds side - none of whom started at Sunderland in the FA Cup last weekend.
Perhaps more telling, however, was the fact that the 49-year-old kept faith in several of the players he picked at the Stadium of Light, including the likes of Rodolph Austin, Casper Sloth and Luke Murphy.
And Redfearn explained that his team selection was based on the need to battle with a competitive edge - especially in midfield.
Redfearn wanted “a competitive edge” when picking his team: “We needed to be solid, aggressive & able to compete in midfield areas.” #lufc— Leeds United FC (@LUFC) January 10, 2015
Leeds took the lead through a first-half Austin penalty, although veteran striker Eidur Gudjohnsen leveled matters for Bolton after the break with a spot-kick of his own.
Leeds, however, produced a stronger showing at the Reebok than in recent weeks and could have left Bolton with all three points.
Whether one sees it as two points dropped or one gained is a different matter - Redfearn was certainly typically upbeat:
Neil Redfearn describes today's game as "a great battling performance" - "I thought we applied ourselves from start to finish." #lufc— Leeds United FC (@LUFC) January 10, 2015