With the league leaders' trophy safely tucked away in the Giants trophy cabinet, Anderson rested all but four of the team that beat Wakefield 40-0 last Sunday with Thursday's opening play-off tie against Wigan firmly at the forefront of his thoughts.
He opted to give debuts to four teenagers and run-outs to four other players with just four Super League appearances between them and watched on as they were crushed 58-6 by the Bulls.
"Everybody has got knocks at this time of the year and it was a short turn-around," Anderson said. "The scheduling hasn't helped that. If you look at the bigger picture, we had no choice but to do what we did today.
"This was a bit of a dead rubber. The only thing it's hurt is our for and against but we are where we are.
"There were a lot of people out there who over the year had earned an opportunity to play. I thought one or two took it and one or two didn't.
"The scoreline was never a worry, it was all about people doing the right thing on the field and I don't think we consistently did that. You could tell they had a lot more Super League experience than we did."
Full-back Jake Connor scored Huddersfield's only try on his debut but Anderson singled out teenage forward Jack Blagborough for particular praise.
"Jake showed why we think so much of him but, on the flip side, he showed why he isn't in the team all the time," Anderson said.
"I thought the best front rower on the field was Jack Blagbrough. He had an opportunity and he took it."
The Bulls took full advantage of Anderson's weakened team to run in five tries in each half for a welcome win that secures them a double over the table-toppers and a ninth-place finish.
Stand-off Jarrod Sammut led the way with four tries and centre Keith Lulia marked his farewell appearance with a hat-trick as Bradford bounced back well from a shock home defeat by London Broncos which was labelled an embarrassment by captain Matt Diskin.
"It was good to get some smiles back on our faces," said Bradford coach Francis Cummins. "We well and truly let ourselves down last week.
"I said to them that it would have been awful to end the season on that note. The players have showed a lot of character. They have worked really hard and it's pleasing to see them rewarded."
The game ended of a fitting note when Lulia, who is returning to Australia's NRL next season, scored the last of Bradford's 10 tries with the last touch of the match.
"I'm really pleased for Keith," Cummins said. "I'm just glad he finished on a high."