Manchester City winger Adam Johnson accepts that he is now part of Roberto Mancini's rotation policy rather than a sure starter at the Etihad Stadium.
Johnson took his last opportunity with both hands, netting a stunner to set City on their way to an emphatic victory over Blackburn Rovers.
But the England international knows that despite his impressive showing, he have to be content with a spot on the bench come this weekend's visit of Aston Villa.
“We know more than ever before that this is a squad game and you have to accept that you can’t play in every game,” he said.
“That’s what successful sides do and we’re no different. You just have to make sure that when you are selected, you give it your best shot.
“The manager wanted to freshen things up after the Bayern Munich game by bringing some of the lads who didn’t play in that game so it’s up to the likes of me to stake a claim when I play.
“We are aware that there are plenty of games coming up and we want to win every competition we’re in, so there will be a lot of chopping and changing as the season goes on, that’s only to be expected."
Even in the absence of Sergio Aguero, City were still able to plunder four past Rovers, who had put Arsenal to the sword earlier in the season, and Johnson believes the nature of the Ewood Park win is proof of the depth of quality available to Mancini.
“It showed at Blackburn that we can bring in five or six different players after a Champions League game and we are still just as strong because not many teams will go to Ewood Park and win 4-0,” he added.
“If there are two games a week and you play in one of those games, I think you have to be happy with that - it’s the price of playing at such a big club.
“You physically can’t play in every single game and if you want to win trophies and be successful, you have to play your part and give everything when called upon.”
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