Leeds United did not have a striker named on the bench as they suffered a 2-1 loss away to Rotherham United
head coach Steve Evans has told BBC Radio Leeds that Mustapha Carayol was his plan B, even though the 27-year-old was brought on out wide instead.
Carayol was deployed in his natural position on the wing as Leeds moved to play with two wingers and stretch the game.
Chris Wood was making his first start after recovering from a hamstring injury, and Evans said he would have no qualms playing Carayol up front had the New Zealand international suffered a recurrence, likewise this week in the upcoming game with QPR.
Evans said: "Carayol has played up there for Middlesbrough, and has played up there in the past for us, so it was never a question of 'could he go up there?'
"Not having a striker on the bench wasn't the reason we lost today, it was a basic bit of defending."
Leeds have been left short handed up front after Souleymane Doukara was handed an eight game ban for biting Fulham's Fernando Amorebieta.
They need to hope Chris Wood can stay fit, but a dependence on him is not necessarily getting the best out of a striker who has just eight goals in 28 league games this season.