CALLUM McFadzean knows he needs to play "out of his skin" in every game to keep his place in the Burton Albion starting line-up.
The 20-year-old full-back, signed on a season-long loan from Sheffield United, started the campaign in the left-back berth in the absence of injured first-choice Damien McCrory.
He then lost out to new signing George Taft for two games, before being reinstated for Tuesday night's 1-0 League Two win over Exeter City, where he set up the only goal of the game.
"I'm very pleased because I just want game time, and it's a great club to be at at the minute," said McFadzean.
"As a player, you always want competition, and it drives you to play better.
"With Damo getting injured, it's given me licence to kick on and play out of my skin in every game, or I could find myself on the bench."
McFadzean was quick to praise striker Stuart Beavon for instinctively latching onto his throw-in to finish, and admitted he may have caught some of his team-mates by surprise with the power on his lob into the box.
"Stuart has been very good, and even in pre-season he looked very sharp," he said.
"He just gets it out of his feet and finishes – he's a born finisher.
"The throw was set up quickly, so it was good to go, and I think a few of the lads didn't realise I had a big throw on me – they were quite surprised."
Burton peppered the Grecians' goal in the first half at the Pirelli Stadium, but had only Beavon's strike to show for it after a string of saves by visiting goalkeeper Christy Pym.
"We deserved the win, but we could have made it much easier for ourselves," said McFadzean.
"We should have scored more, but the keeper has pulled off some absolute world-class saves, and that's kept them in the game.
"You can't do much about that."