Harry Redknapp was pleased David Nugent took his opportunity to score in the Carling Cup against Burnley.
The Portsmouth striker was the match-winner at Turf Moor in the Carling Cup third round with a 69th minute goal.
Nugent has found life tough since arriving at Fratton Park for £6million but has scored in both Carling Cup ties.
"Hopefully David will come on from this. He needs to work hard and take his chances when they come," Redknapp said.
"We've got a bit of competition up there because Kanu has been fantastic and I have got four up front."
Burnley boss Steve Cotterill was disappointed that the goal was allowed to stand, with the home side claiming Nugent handled in the build-up.
Cotterill claimed the England international even admitted to handling Pedro Mendes' pass to one of his players.
"Apparently he said to Steve Jordan it was handball," said Cotterill.
"He said it but he could have been saying that to wind Steve Jordan up so we take it with a pinch of salt. It's certainly nothing we're going to be bleating about."