Newcastle's versatile defender James Perch is determined to impress Alan Pardew when he is given a chance to shine in the first-team.
Toon defenders Steven Taylor and Fabricio Coloccini both suffered injuries in the 3-0 defeat to Chelsea on Saturday, meaning Perch is set to be part of the starting XI that will face Norwich at the weekend.
Taylor is likely to be sidelined for the rest of the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon and Coloccini has also been ruled out of Saturday's Premier League encounter with the Canaries.
Perch, 26, sees this as an opportunity for himself, but he understands the quality the club has lost.
"It's a plus for me, but (the injuries are) a massive negative for the team," Perch told the Shields Gazette.
"You never want to see that happen - you'd rather it didn't happen like that. Those two have been superb this season, and it's not what you want to see."
The ex-Nottingham Forest defender is looking to follow in the footsteps of team-mate Ryan Taylor, who has been ever-present this season at left-back after Jose Enrique moved to Liverpool.
"The perfect example's Ryan Taylor," he said. "Enrique got sold, and Ryan has been there ever since. "It's the perfect example of taking your chance, and that's what I'm planning to do.
"It's brilliant that the gaffer has said I'll be playing. That's massive for me, but unfortunately I've come in during bad circumstances."
Newcastle left the Chelsea game feeling that David Luiz should have been sent off after a fourth-minute challenge on Demba Ba as he was approaching goal.
Last minute goals from Salomon Kalou and Daniel Sturridge added to Pardew's side's bad luck and Perch believes his team were very unfortunate to not earn a point.
"We were unlucky," he added. "Fifty thousand Newcastle fans saw what went on - we hit the bar and the post, and a couple of decisions didn't go our way. That's what cost us."