David Nugent is desperate for another Premier League chance at Portsmouth.
The striker joined Pompey in the summer after a £6million move from Preston, but he was dropped after two league games.
Nugent has since started only two Carling Cup ties, including Tuesday's 1-0 win over Burnley.
The forward found the back of the net on both his cup outings and the 22-year-old knows that more of the same will be required if he is to force his way into Pompey manager Harry Redknapp's first XI plans.
"I know that is what I've got to do because it is all about goals," said Nugent.
"They give you and the team more confidence and hopefully I will get more chances."
However, Redknapp insists that his big money signing must fight for a place at Fratton Park.
"Costing a lot of money doesn't guarantee anything. You have to earn the right to play. David knows the situation here," added Redknapp.
"It is great that we have terrific competition for places. I made 10 changes from the win at Blackburn last Sunday to the win at Burnley on Tuesday and they are all good players, all doing a good job.
"I roughly know my best team now but that can change. You only need a bad defeat or a player dropping his form and it is also sometimes dictated by a particular opposition.
"Otherwise you would pick the same team week in, week out if they all stayed fit."