Winger Paul Anderson says the competition provided by Albert Adomah for a regular spot in the Bristol City team makes him a better player.
The 24-year-old was confined to the bench for most part of the first half of the Championship season due to the exploits of the Ghana international.
He however appears to have won the battle for a regular place in the side during the absence of Adomah who was away on national team duty at the 2013 Nations Cup.
Anderson has been the preferred starter for new manager Sean O’Driscoll even on the return of the Ghana winger – keeping Adomah on the bench two times in the last three games.
The Lancashire-born now aims to maintain his good form in order to keep his colleague on the bench.
“Albert is a great player and has been really good for the club over the last couple of seasons,” he said.
“Having someone of his ability breathing down your neck definitely keeps you on your toes.
“Albert has come back from the African Nations Cup now and he wants to play. But I’m just concentrating on my own performances and trying to make sure I play as well as I can.
“Albert going away gave me my opportunity and I’m the man in possession at the moment. I’d like to think my performances have been good enough to warrant me keeping the shirt.”
Anderson however stressed he won’t be gutted if Adomah regains his regular spot so long as the team keeps winning games.
“If Albert is called upon and I’m relegated down to the bench, I’ll still be happy so long as the team is doing the right thing and we are winning.
“Hopefully, I will be playing in the next few weeks but, if the team are getting the right results, then that is all that really matters.”