Roberto Martinez was pleased with the efforts of Tony Hibbert and Tyias Browning in the 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Saturday.
The veteran right-back Hibbert was handed his first Premier League start in almost two years, with Seamus Coleman sidelined by injury.
Hibbert's performance in Saturday's Merseyside derby at Anfield delighted Martinez, as well as Browning who made his Premier League debut as Hibbert`s replacement with 17 minutes left.
Martinez told the press: "Tony played in the [League Cup on Tuesday] and he played 90 minutes and it is obviously a matter of [him] having the match fitness.
"I think we needed his experience. We had Seamus Coleman with a late fitness test until the last second and it was just the right opportunity for [Hibbert] to bring a bit of understanding, a bit of know-how.
"Once he ran out of steam, Tyias Browning, in his full debut, showed an incredible composure, great pace, phenomenal defending and I thought he gave us real penetration down that side.
"Between them, Tony Hibbert and Tyias Browning did a terrific job for us."