Sean Morrison is hoping to cement his place in the Reading starting line-up with an assured performance against Everton on Saturday.
The defender followed his Premier League debut in the 1-1 draw with QPR by helping the Royals keep their first clean sheet of the season in the stalemate against Norwich last weekend.
The 21-year-old has struggled to break into the first-team since his move from Swindon in January 2011 but knows another clean sheet this weekend will help both his and the Royals' cause.
He said: "It is exciting, I've waited a long time because I will have been here two years in January, so to get a chance and to play in the Premier League has been fantastic and exciting.
"They have been two important games obviously and we needed to get some points on the board and we took two draws so it is not too bad.
"I just hope now the gaffer has given me the shirt that I can keep it."
"The only way we are going to stay up in this league is if we are solid at the back and keep as many clean sheets as possible.
"You see the teams that win the league and the teams that are high up are the teams that keep the most clean sheets.
"The lads are going to put the ball in the net at the other end so that is nothing to worry about but we need to keep the clean sheet and I'm sure then we will move straight up the league."