John O'Flynn is hoping that some eye-catching run-outs as a substitute will be enough to warrant a start for Exeter City tonight in their Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie at home to Aldershot Town (7.15pm).
The 30-year-old Irishman has made a telling contribution every time he has been on the field this season. He scored in his only start – the 2-1 Capital One Cup clash defeat to Crystal Palace – and set up Guillem Bauza after coming on as a substitute in last week's 3-0 npower League Two win at Accrington Stanley.
O'Flynn notched his second goal of the campaign in the dying minutes of last Saturday's 3-0 win over Burton Albion, but he is frustrated at playing a bit-part role and wants more game-time.
"I want to be playing every week and when I come on, I want to give the manager a headache," O'Flynn said. "I started against Crystal Palace and scored and I thought I did well, but the manager changed the team.
"The boys that came in did well and you just have to wait for your chance and when it comes, you have to take it.
"It's nice for the manager to have those selection problems," he added. "We are all raring to go, we all had good pre-seasons, and I think that is standing us in good stead at the minute."
O'Flynn added: "The manager has said that he wants us to come on and score goals. Buzzy [Bauza] scored last week, I got one on Saturday, Jamie [Cureton] scored and Alan [Gow] scored two in the last one, so we are all doing our job. But I want to be playing and starting games.
"The manager knows that, but, as I say, when I get my chance, I have to try and take it as much as I can."
The Grecians have a quartet of front men in fine fettle. Cureton has three goals to his name and has struck up a superb understanding with Gow, who himself has notched twice.
O'Flynn is also on two, while Bauza is up and running after notching his first in last week's 3-0 win at Accrington.
Keeping all four happy is proving to be one of manager Paul Tisdale's hardest tasks this season, which is why he may opt to rotate his front men for tonight's clash. That said, he is also keen to maintain a winning run that has seen Exeter climb into second place in League Two.
"We are on the crest of a wave right now and hopefully we can keep it going," O'Flynn added. "It's a big game on Tuesday and the games are coming thick and fast and, when you are winning, that is what you want.
"You want more games and we are all looking forward to Tuesday. The manager picks his team on the way the opposition plays, or other little things. We will be working hard and I'm sure whoever he picks will do the job."
Saturday's win came off the back of the disappointing 3-0 defeat at home to Morecambe on the opening day of the season, but it was at Aldershot where City found some kind of redemption with an excellent 2-1 win.
A repeat performance would be just the ticket, but O'Flynn is not expecting one, with the game on home soil rather than at Aldershot.
"Away from home, teams have to try and play against us, but, when we are at home, they come down and try and look for a point. I think getting the first goal is crucial," he said.
"Against Morecambe, we played well for the first 15 minutes and then got hit on the counter-attack and it went downhill from there, really.
"But we got the first goal on Saturday and they had to try and play, and we were able to pick them off.
"You have to lift your performance at home to try and give the crowd something to shout about. We were 2-0 up, but we wanted to be more ruthless and score more goals."
Exeter City (from): Krysiak, Evans; Tully, Woodman, Bennett, Baldwin, Coles, Sercombe, Oakley, Gow, Davies, Cureton, Doherty, Amankwaah, Frear, O'Flynn, Bauza, Keohane, Dawson, Chamberlain, Moore-Taylor, Cane, Gosling, Knowles, Micklewright, Roper.
Unavailable: Nichols (on loan at Hereford), Reid, Wannell (on loan at Dorchester).