Burnley boss Sean Dyche felt that Nick Pope needed match minutes ahead of the new Premier League season hence the decision to start his first choice goalkeeper in the Carabao Cup tie with Sheffield United.
The Clarets chief opted to rest a couple of his usual starters with Dwight McNeil, Chris Wood and Phil Bardsley among the subs.
But Pope started in goal over Bailey Peacock-Farrell, who has yet to make his debut since signing from Leeds United a year ago.
The Northern Ireland international has had to bide his time since joining the Clarets with the now departed Joe Hart utilised in the cup competitions last season.
And while Dyche considered handing the 23-year-old the gloves he felt Pope needed the gametime.
"Yeah I did (consider starting Peacock-Farrell) to be honest," the Burnley boss said.
"But Popey hasn't played that much competitive football and with all due respect to Maritimo I don't think he had any action.
"He is our No.1 and I felt it was appropriate to give him a real game that meant something and to get that edge to his game.
"I thought he was excellent at doing all the good and basic stuff that keepers do and he pulled out a really important save later on."