Bolton boss Owen Coyle made some personnel changes to his team last weekend and it paid off with a 3-1 success over fellow strugglers Wigan.
The Wanderers boss left the likes of Gretar Steinsson and Fabrice Muamba out of his squad, with Zat Knight relegated to the bench.
"I don't put them out of the team; their performances put them out of the team," Coyle told the Bolton News.
"If they don't get to the standard I have got to recognise there is someone else waiting in the wings.
"There weren't enough players playing to the top of their ability to say: 'I am in charge of that jersey'.
"It's not easy leaving players out of the 18, never mind the 11.
"What I have said is when you get the jersey, it's up to you to put in a performance to keep it.
"But having said that, a lot of them had the jersey before and had not done their best to make a claim and stay in the team.
"If you play well, you stay in my team."