PAUL Tisdale has called on the Exeter City players not currently in the side to be at the top of their games ahead of a tricky-looking away trip to Dagenham & Redbridge.
The Grecians travel to Victoria Road with no fresh injury worries after all of the starting XI came through Tuesday night's victory of Wycombe in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy unharmed.
Danny Coles, Matt Oakley, John O'Flynn and Arron Davies were all missing for the midweek match but are expected to be fit and back in contention for Saturday's game.
As a result, competition for places is high and those not currently in the side might be wondering when they will get the chance to play. But Tisdale added that they should follow in Alan Gow's footsteps, who waited his turn and then staked a claim for a more regular starting role with a match-winning display against York City.
"Alan (Gow) came in and did extremely well, but we are going to need competition for places all year, it doesn't just finish at the end of August," said Tisdale.
"We have got plenty more football to be played and I've got more than 11 players who are capable of playing and winning games.
"Sometimes I make changes because of tactics or strategy and sometimes I will make changes because of injuries or suspensions or whatever.
"Therefore I need all these players to be at the top of their game and sometimes they are going to have to accept that they are not going to be selected but when there is an injury, like on Saturday, Alan was ready, he came on and he did extremely well."
It is not clear yet whether Tisdale will tinker with the tactics for City's trip to Dagenham on Saturday. Dagenham, under previous manager John Still, have always proven a tough nut for City to crack away from home.
However having left for Luton Town, Wayne Burnett is now in charge of the East London club.
Burnett has said he wants a new style of play to the Daggers, but Tisdale said that will not change some of the challenges City will face.
"It is always a very specific type of game at Dagenham," said Tisdale. "They play in a particular style and the game is always quite frenetic.
"Obviously Wayne (Burnett) will try and play his own style, but it is a small pitch and you always get a fast game there.
"It is always a game where you have to be very sharp about the pitch, the ball is always bouncing about. It doesn't always spend a lot of time on the floor.
"The players are going to have to be very, very sharp and focussed for this game
"You have got to be very quick to the bouncing ball and the game moves very quickly from one end to the other.
"It will therefore be a very different game to the one that people saw on Saturday at home to York."
City go into the match looking to pick up their first away win of the season, having followed up their credible 0-0 draw away at Mansfield with a disappointing 2-0 loss at Morecambe.
However, there were plenty of positives to take from the first-half display against the Shrimpers as City took the game to their opponents – something Tisdale will be demanding again on Saturday.
Predicted line up: Krysiak, Baldwin, Bennett, Coles, Woodman, Davies, Sercombe, Oakley, Wheeler, Gow, Parkin