Michael, Edgar and Jermain Defoe were named as substitutes at Ewood Park with Pedro Mendes, Michael Brown and Robbie Keane back in for their first starts of the campaign. It was Robbie's 100th appearance for us in the Premiership.
In the end, Edgar entered the fray for Mido just nine minutes into the second half and Jermain came on with nine minutes left as a gritty Premiership encounter produced few chances and ended goalless.
Asked afterwards if the changes were with Saturday's clash against Chelsea in mind, Head Coach Martin responded: "No. Michael Carrick had a slight injury after the Middlesbrough game and Edgar Davids had a little inflammation on his knee.
"Michael Brown was ready again after injury and Pedro Mendes is a terrific player, so we can use him.
"Robbie Keane did well in pre-season, is looking fit and Jermain had a lot of games recently, so that was the reason behind that. We have a big squad so that's what we did."
Martin Jol explained that Michael Carrick and Edgar Davids started on the bench at Blackburn after picking up knocks against Middlesbrough.