Swindon Town midfielder Simon Ferry has said he did not question Paolo di Canio's decision to drop him from the starting XI in their win over Crawley.
The 23-year-old had started five consecutive games for the Robins before being left on the bench for their trip to the Broadfield Stadium last week.
"It's hard to take but you understand that the manager really studies the other team," he told BBC Wiltshire.
"It doesn't need explaining - he's the manager it's his pick."
He added: "He might see that the way the other team play doesn't suit me which is fair enough."
After a successful loan spell at the County Ground, Ferry signed for the Robins from Celtic on a permanent deal in the summer of 2010 and played 21 games under then manager Danny Wilson.
But under Di Canio he has featured in 10 games, although three have come as a substitute.
"It's the worst thing when you're not playing, and even worse when you're struggling to make the bench. You start to think 'what's happening here'.
"I didn't play in the first two but I've tried to prove to him that I can play. He put me in against Oxford and I feel like I've done well since then and luckily he's stuck with me."