Harry Redknapp has assured his fringe players they are still part of his plans at Portsmouth.
The likes of Pedro Mendes, Matt Taylor, Lauren, Richard Hughes and Arnold Mvuemba have been overlooked by Redknapp during Pompey's impressive start to the season.
However, the manager is eager to keep his squad settled and has urged the individuals in question to bide their time.
Redknapp told the Portsmouth News: "It isn't easy but they have to understand they cannot all play every week. I can pick only 11 players."
"It's about competition for places for all of them and I understand exactly how they are feeling, I really do.
"Pedro must be really disappointed and Matty Taylor.
"You don't usually have top players like that out of the team, and the same goes for Richard Hughes - he never lets you down.
"There's Arnold as well, all good players - but you need competition."
Redknapp accepts that Portsmouth will have a dip in form at some point, but for the moment he is happy to keep faith with the players that have excelled in recent games.
He explained: "While we are winning games I'm not going to change it. Those players are doing a terrific job.
"Their chance will come, though, it's a long season, you need a squad. This isn't the end of them, we are going to need them.
"You all go through spells when you stop winning and have got to change the team. Sooner or later that's going to happen, it always does."