Hughton said: "I'm happy because we made the decision to change the whole team, which we were able to do because of the players we have.
"I'm pleased for the players that played today because there is a bit of a pressure on them, I have changed the team but what I was desperate for it not to feel like was that it was a second XI I had put out, because I didn't see it that way.
"I didn't want to take away anything from the evening - there was a lot more good than bad for me.
"That is how it should be - that whoever plays in the game is doing well enough that they are giving me food for thought and I thought there were some good performances.
"We could have made life a little more comfortable for ourselves by getting the extra goal but I thought as a team I couldn't fault the effort of the players."