Lewis Alessandra admits making the Notts County squad this season will require each player to be at their absolute best because of the competition for places.
Following the Magpies' 3-0 defeat at Coventry City on Saturday, Kevin Nolan made eight changes for the League Cup game at Scunthorpe United.
The new XI yielded a much improved performance which saw the League One Iron pushed all the way to penalties, though the Magpies sadly succumbed 6-5.
Alessandra was one of several players who watched the game from the stands and the winger admits he faces a fight to regain his place in the side.
“It would be tough to change the team after Tuesday because the lads did that well,” he told the Nottingham Post.
“It’s never nice to lose on penalties, but if you’re looking at it as a whole you can’t be too disheartened by the performance.
“We were playing against good opposition and it was a massive improvement from Saturday. Everyone who stepped in was awesome.
“We were disappointed collectively not to go through on the night, but you want that competition for places.
“If you are not pulling your weight or performing too well, there’s a guy behind you wanting to take the shirt off your back.”