Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Lewis McGugan has played just four times for the club this season.
The central midfielder was controversially omitted from a number of the Owls' recent match day squads, but he says that the performances of other players in the squad meant that Carlos Carvalhal couldn't justify putting him into the starting line-up.
“The team have been doing well while I was out and the players have done great," McGugan said.
“There is a lot of competition that can only bode well for the club. Everyone is going out there to stake their claim. Sometimes, you have to bide your time and when an opportunity comes along make sure you take it.
McGugan was handed his first start for Wednesday since the middle of August against Newcastle United in the Capital One Cup in midweek, and scored the winner in a shock 1-0 victory.
It was a performance which highlighted the quality the 26-year-old undoubtedly has, and he will be hoping that his showing has given Carvalhal a reason to keep him in the starting line-up this weekend.
The Portuguese boss has generally favoured Barry Bannan, Sam Hutchinson and Kieran Lee over McGugan so far, but the former Watford man does offer something different.
McGugan is more of a natural goalscorer than any of the other midfield options in Wednesday's squad, and he is hoping to play against Brentford on Saturday.
“We have to dust ourselves down, recover and go again," he said. "The Championship is full of tough games and this is another. We have a bit of momentum now and we need to take that into Brentford and give a good account of ourselves.”
Wednesday made a slow start to the season, but they have now picked up back-to-back wins and if they are able to pick up the three points against Brentford at Griffin Park, then they could move into the top-half of the Championship table.