With Newcastle having enjoyed an unbeaten start to the season, Peter Lovenkrands accepts he must patient in his pursuit of regular football.
The Danish forward has found himself overlooked on a regular basis by Alan Pardew, with the Magpies boss favouring other attacking options.
He was handed a rare start in a Carling Cup clash at Nottingham Forest, and made his mark by bagging a brace.
He was, however, returned to the bench after shining at the City Ground and has been unable to force his way into Pardew's plans since.
Lovenkrands is prepared to bide his time, though, with the 31-year-old aware that it would be foolish for Newcastle to tinker with a format that has seen them open their Premier League campaign with a seven-match unbeaten run.
"That's just the way it is," he told the Northern Echo.
"Even though I did well (at Forest), I knew I probably wasn't going to start on the Saturday because the other two (Leon Best and Demba Ba) had done fantastic.
"You just need to wait for your chance and when it comes try to take it as best you can.
"It's not the first time I've been in this situation so I know what to do. I hope if I get my chance again, I'll grab it like I normally do.
"I've proved what I can do, so I know if I'm called upon, I'm ready. But I'm just trying to concentrate as much as possible on the team. If we get three points, it doesn't matter who plays."