Stoke City boss Mark Hughes says new signing Bojan Krkic was put on the bench at Hull for tactical reasons.
"It was a difficult game, lots of teams go to Hull and struggle to get anything so we thought we needed to be nice and solid in midfield," Hughes explained.
The Spaniard came on in the first half and Hughes said: "He showed glimpses of what he'll give us this year."
Bojan made his debut for Barcelona as a 16-year-old but spent last season on loan at Ajax, scoring four times in 24 appearances for the Dutch club.
He was introduced in the 41st minute of the 1-1 draw at the KC Stadium after an injury to Glenn Whelan.
Although he was brushed aside in the build-up to Nikica Jelavic's goal for Hull, he provided the key cross that led to the equaliser for Ryan Shawcross.
"I was going to make a change in the second half anyway," Hughes added. "We needed to take one of the defensive midfield players off and get Bojan on. It was difficult to find him, we were a little bit out of sorts, but I thought he did okay."