Manuel Pellegrini was pleased with the way his side performed in their 2-1 friendly victory over Brentford on Thursday.
The two sides clashed in a behind-closed-doors friendly, with goals from Robert Snodgrass and Javier Hernandez handing the Irons the win.
Nevertheless, the Championship side worked the Irons hard, and Pellegrini was pleased with the run-out.
He told the club’s official website: “It’s a good match for the boys and particularly for the players who are maybe not playing in every game.
“It was a very useful game because we played well, we played with intensity and so it was all OK.”
Andy Carroll returned to action as a second-half substitute, and Pellegrini was happy to see him on the pitch once again.
“For Andy Carroll, for Lucas Perez, for Angelo Ogbonna, they all put in good performances,” he added.
“At this moment we don’t have space for them in the [Premier League] starting XI, but they worked very hard today.”
He added: “It was good to see Andy play 45 minutes without any problems and he is always a player who, when he comes on the pitch, gives different things, so I hope he can stay fit from now until the end of the season.
“He is always an important option.”