Newcastle teenager Haris Vuckic hopes he has done enough to keep his place in Alan Pardew's first team after making his full debut.
The 19-year-old started in Wednesday night's 3-2 defeat to West Brom at St James' Park amid his club's injury and suspension crisis.
A fourth defeat in six games heading into the Boxing Day trip to Bolton left Pardew frustrated, but Vuckic thinks he proved his own ability despite the loss.
The Slovenian hit the bar before half-time and forced a fine late save from Ben Foster to announce himself in style.
And Vuckic said: "I'm happy that I got the chance. I think I proved to the gaffer and the fans that I can do it.
"It was a good evening for me, it's just unfortunate that we couldn't get a good result.
"We had our chances, we just couldn't score. We deserved to draw, minimum. But you know in football, you can play badly and score goals and sometimes, you can play very well and not score.
"If you want to win games, you have to score goals. We just couldn't do it today, so hopefully it will be against Bolton."