Walsall defender Zak Jules is looking to push on after making his first start since November against Portsmouth on Tuesday night.
The 22-year-old impressed against the League One side despite suffering defeat in the Leasing.com Trophy.
Jules has had to work hard to earn a recall back into the side and has watched his defensive teammates put in a string of strong displays.
"The boys have done brilliantly,” said Jules.
"The likes of Scarrsy (Dan Scarr), he's come on leaps and bounds, he's been a brick wall.
"It's brilliant to watch.
"Sads (Mat Sadler) as well, you can't tell his age one bit, and also James Clarke.
"There's plenty of competition but that's down to me to put my all in and when I get that opportunity, I need to showcase what I can do and push for a place in the team.
"There is some quality back there, they are doing well and we have kept a lot of clean sheets this season.
"It's down to me to push the other lads and put on the pressure.”
The defeat to Portsmouth was Walsall’s first defeat of the New Year after starting 2020 with victories over Leyton Orient and Salford City.
Jules is keen to build on that strong start to the New Year and insists the squad want to build a winning mentality.
"There's no point playing football if you don't want to win games,” added Jules.
"Every single one of those boys in there want to win football matches.
"We've started 2020, the New Year, in that fashion.
"You start as you mean to go on, so hopefully we can find a certain level of consistency and pick up a lot more points in the second half of the season.
"Keep pushing up that table and at the end of the season see where we are.
"What will be, will be.
"We just have to pick up maximum points and see what happens.”