LEE Martin is confident he will soon be given a run of starts in the Millwall side having been limited to mainly substitute appearances so far this season.
Martin put himself in the frame for the team to face Bournemouth on Saturday with a lively second-half cameo in the midweek defeat against Birmingham City.
And the former Ipswich Town midfielder believes it is crucial that he remains upbeat, even when he is not being selected, because inevitably his opportunity will come.
He said: "You have got to have the confidence and self-belief to be able to say 'I want to play and I should be playing', because if you are not like that then you shouldn't be in football in the first place. That sort of mentality gets you to where you want to be.
"But it is a fine line – you have to go about it in the right way by working hard. You cannot react in a negative way when you are left out of the team.
"I am 26 now so I'm not a youngster anymore and I do not let a lot of things get to me; I just keep working hard. If I know I'm doing the right things, then hopefully I do get the opportunity to impress the right people. How you react in training goes a long way.
"When I was younger, I used to think everything had to be right here, right now, but I'm a little bit more patient these days. There's only so much patience you can have but I'm not too worried at this moment in time because it's a long season, and I will get my chance."