Gareth Bale admitted Harry Redknapp's pre-match words helped inspire the lads to victory over Everton in the Carling Cup on Tuesday night.
The manager insisted beforehand that it was an opportunity for players who haven't played as regularly so far this season to go out and impress.
"When the chance comes they have to take it and stake a claim for a place," he said.
Those players responded in superb fashion with impressive displays from Gareth, Alan Hutton, David Bentley and Roman Pavlyuchenko in the 2-0 victory.
Tom Huddlestone and Robbie Keane scored a goal in each half to secure a deserved win and a place in the Saturday's quarter-final draw.
"When the manager said that it was a real incentive for us," said Gareth, outstanding in his left midfield role. "We all wanted to do well and win the game.
"We've all been working hard in training and when we get a chance, we have to try and grab it as best we can.
"I really enjoyed the game. We all knew it was going to be tough game and that Everton might be a bit tired because they've played a few games recently, so we took that into account. We all stuck together and worked hard for each other.
"It was a great performance both defensively and in attack. We deserved the win."
The next incentive arrives in quick time - a place in the team for Saturday's huge derby against Arsenal at the Emirates.
"Everyone who played tonight will want to get into that team, we'll all work hard again in training and see what happens," added Gareth.