Geoff Horsfield acknowledges that scoring twice for West Bromwich Albion against Portsmouth at the weekend is no guarantee of a place in the team for the trip to Chelsea on Wednesday night.
It is partly because he accepts the principle of Albion's squad-rotation policy but also because, at 31, and having played at all levels of the game, he admits to having mellowed.
"If I'd been at Halifax Town, and been left out after scoring two goals, I'd have gone mental," Horsfield said. "I'd have been throwing punches left, right and centre.
"But this is a squad system at Albion that works well. Even if you are left out, you want those who play to do well. And that doesn't happen at all football clubs.
"I am 31, coming up to 32, and it is not about me personally. It is about what is best for the team. The gaffer [Bryan Robson] just wants to get results. I have to take it on the chin."
Albion have six senior strikers as part of a 25-man squad but Horsfield advanced his cause with both goals in the 2- 1 victory against Portsmouth.
"I was disappointed not to even get on the bench for the Manchester City game [on August 13] but that's life," Horsfield said. "The boss has to pick the side he thinks is going to win.
"But I got on with things, worked hard in training, got my chance and scored two goals. Some players are happy to be sitting on the bench and getting paid but I am not. I want to play, I want to be out there, I want to contribute.
"A squad-rotation thing is one of those things but you cannot argue with it if you get results. But, yes, I am happy with the goals I scored.
"We've got four points now and we have the belief now.
"We have a good squad with strength in depth. We have two good teams we could put out. Look at those who were not even in the squad for the match against Portsmouth. The gaffer has told us he is going to disappoint some of us."
With Nathan Ellington, Robbie Earnshaw and Diomansy Kamara watching from the substitutes' bench, Horsfield took only 90 seconds to open his account for the season and he secured Albion's victory by adding a second goal in the 59th minute.
" Staying in the Premiership means we can buy players like Kamara and Ellington and the gaffer will look at each and every game," Horsfield said.
"Even though we have won today you can't assume it will be the same starting line-up on Wednesday because all of us have got different strengths and weaknesses.
"We have made a good start to the season with four points, and we not only have the belief now but the quality squad to go with it."
Horsfield's form since Robson took over as manager of Albion suggests that perhaps Birmingham City let the striker leave too early. For Horsfield, The Hawthorns is the only place he wants to be.
"I think I left Birmingham too early, but sometimes you do that in your career," he said. "I went to Wigan Athletic and then on to West Bromwich Albion. But I don't want to leave here. There is a buzz about the place, especially after what happened last season.
"There are similarities to what we have done here and what Birmingham did by staying in the Premiership a few years ago. We have got to make The Hawthorns a fortress."