Swindon Town’s Nathan Thompson insists that he will not become complacent about his position after starting the Robins last two league matches.
Thompson made his first start of this season at Portmsouth last Tuesday and followed that up with a man-of-the-match display against Bournemouth at the weekend, as the Robins got back to winning ways after three defeats and a draw from their previous four fixtures.
And the youth-team graduate barely missed a header or a tackle as the Town defence shut out the Cherries, and also played his part as Swindon pushed forwards.
He has had to be patient after Joe Devera was the first player to step into the shoes of exiled former skipper Paul Caddis in the right-back berth, but now he is there, he is not taking his place in the team for granted.
“It has been a long time coming and maybe I will never feel secure there, but fortunately I have put in two good performances, although we have been told to forget about the game and go again,” he told the Swindon Advertiser.
“I will continue to do everything I can when I get given the chance and then we will see.”
“It is all about match fitness, and for me when I have been playing for teams week in week out I have always thought my performances have been right up there, it has been a long time coming but now I have proved to the gaffer I am more than capable.”
“Confidence from the gaffer is always nice, and it would be good to continue that into the game against Burnley if I am given the opportunity.”
The 21-year-old has enjoyed playing alongside veteran Darren Ward, and believes the 34-year-old is helping him improve.
“Darren is constantly in your ear telling you about your positioning and things like that, sometimes you switch off for just a split second and he is there telling you to ‘do this or do that’ and that is exactly what you need as a young lad coming through,” he said.
“In training he is a top professional and his diet is great, and it is brilliant to be playing alongside someone who can help you like that, and I think having someone like that alongside me means I can really build on it.”