Terry Devlin is eager for another chance to impress when Pompey briefly turn their attention away from League One action.
AFC Wimbledon are the visitors to Fratton Park on Tuesday night, when a place in the last 16 of the Bristol Street Motors Trophy is up for grabs.
Devlin scored his first goal for the club in a 3-3 draw with Fulham under-21s in the opening game of the group stage.
And with most of his league minutes coming from the bench, he knows the competition affords players valuable opportunities on the pitch.
The midfielder said: “It’s a great chance for a lot of the boys to go out there and show just what we can do.
“We’ve done well in this competition so far and want to keep that going – if we go through it means more games to impress in.
"It’s a great chance for a lot of the boys to go out there and show just what we can do."
“I’m really enjoying working alongside the likes of Marlon Pack, Joe Morrell and Alex Robertson and training with them every day.
“I’ve been picking up little bits whenever I watch them, so it’s an education rather than a frustration for me at the moment.
“I’m really loving it here at the minute and it helps that the team are doing so well – I can’t wait to come in every day because I’m enjoying it so much.
“I think I’ve progressed physically and technically since I’ve arrived here and feel that I can still get a lot better.
“When I am called upon, I’ve got to go out there and enjoy it, so I’m really looking forward to this game.
“We played AFC Wimbledon in pre-season and they were a decent side back then, so I would expect the same again.”