Michael Brown was hopes his goal against Bolton on Wednesday acts as a marker for him in terms of central midfield selection.
The tigerish middleman came off the bench in the second half and produced a lively display, adding some bite to the midfield, capped off by a fine headed goal from Michael Carrick's pinpoint cross from the left.
Competition for places in fierce in the central area, with Pedro Mendes, Sean Davis, Jamie Redknapp, Carrick and Brownie all battling for starts.
"It was pleasing for me to score and good to get on," reflected Michael back at the Lodge. "I started at Portsmouth then didn't get on in the first Bolton game so it's been a slow sort of season for me so far - a bit patchy.
"It does put a marker down for me and it is nice to get a goal, I've only scored one other which wasn't the best of goals. It was good to get a goal because, since I've come, I've not been able to get forward much, to be honest. Luckily I read the cross and got my goal.
"It was a great ball in from Michael and, once I saw the flight, I thought if I go here I've got a chance. Luckily that was the case."