Danny Guthrie has revealed an eagerness to feature in Newcastle's trip to Stoke after scoring his first goal of the season against Blackburn on Wednesday night.
The midfielder helped to send the game into extra-time with a late strike as the Magpies suffered a 4-3 defeat in the Carling Cup fourth round tie at Ewood Park.
The 24-year-old replaced Chieck Tiote who has been rated doubtful for the game at Stoke after struggling to overcome a knee injury.
Guthrie remains on standby but believes he is more than ready to take up the role, keen to impress manager Alan Pardew.
"I enjoyed it, and showed I'm more than ready if the manager needs me," he told the club's official website.
"Every time I play for the first team, it's extra time but I don't mind, I just want to play.
"I don't play for weeks and weeks, then you've got to do extra time."
Despite a confidence boosting game, Guthrie was quick to express his disappointment at the team's exit from the competition.
"It was up and down all night," he added. "Coming back from 2-0 down was brilliant, and then obviously we went 3-2 down.
"We came back again, and we honestly thought we could win it from there.
"We conceded a sloppy goal at the end, which has cost us. Now we have to just get on with things."