Brentford boss Uwe Rosler has admitted right back Lee Hodson has given him a defensive selection headache.
The 21-year-old replaced rival Shaleum Logan midway through Saturday's 2-1 home defeat to League One leaders Tranmere Rovers and had an immediate impact as Bees defender Harlee Dean levelled matters after his side trailed 1-0 at the break.
Rovers went on to score the winner through Adam McGurk, but Rosler revealed Watford loanee Hodson, who started last week's FA Cup third round replay win over Southend, had played his way into his thoughts.
"Shaleum is our number one right back this season, but now Lee Hodson has games under his belt he is coming on," he said.
"There is no distance between Lee and Shaleum any more, they are equal.
"I wanted to get more on the ball and we achieved that with Lee coming on."
Brentford host Leyton Orient tonight looking to get back to winning ways ahead of Saturday's fourth round visit of European champions Chelsea.
"We'll have to work our socks off to get three points against Leyton Orient, that's for sure," added Rosler.