Peter Crouch was delighted to mark his full Spurs debut with a goal in our 5-1 Carling Cup second round victory over Doncaster on Wednesday night.
The striker, signed from Portsmouth last month, had been limited to substitute appearances during our opening three games of the season.
But he got an opportunity to impress at the Keepmoat Stadium, and took his chance with a fantastic header from David Bentley's corner just after the half-hour mark, making it 3-0 and putting us well on our way to a convincing win.
‘Crouchy' was one of seven changes manager Harry Redknapp made from Sunday's Premier League win at West Ham
"It was nice to get a game, and I think all the lads who came in that hadn't played previously would have given the manager something to think about," he said.
"It was a great performance from the lads and good to get 90 minutes from my point of view, because I didn't play too many pre-season games.
"I feel fit and sharp now and it was great to mark my first start with a goal.
"Doncaster are a good side, as we knew before the game, and they came out of the traps quickly. But in the end, our quality and some good finishing saw them off."
But ‘Crouchy' knows this is just the first step in a long hard fight he has on his hands to win a regular place in the team, with so many top quality forwards at Harry's disposal.
"I've obviously got to fight for my place here, but I wouldn't have joined had I not been confident in my own ability to take my chances when they come," he added. "Hopefully I showed that against Doncaster.
"All top sides have at least four good strikers and if you want to play for a club like Spurs, you have to expect fierce competition for places.
"It's the same in all positions all over the pitch, there are international players waiting to come into the side, and that's why I came here."