West Ham United winger Matt Jarvis admits that the season has been a frustrating one for him so far.
The 28-year-old wide-man has played just three times since the opening of the campaign, with new signings and injury blocking his route to the first-team, and he admits that it has been a tough time.
“It has been frustrating for me full stop,” Jarvis told London24. “I was feeling really, really good in pre-season, only to get injured before the start of the season."
Jarvis has had to bide his time, but he was handed his first start this season this weekend.
The former Wolverhampton Wanderers man played for 70 minutes against Newcastle United, helping the side pick up a 1-0 victory.
It was an important result for the Hammers, who moved into fifth position in the Premier League table as a result of collecting the three points and Jarvis was delighted to be back on the pitch.
“It was fantastic to be back, it has been a long time,” he said. “I was just really pleased to get back in there and to get a win as well was great.”
He will now be looking to play a regular part for the side, as they look to claim a European place.
The optimism around the Boleyn Ground is higher than it has been in a number of years and there is a genuine hope that the side will be able to finish in the top-six.
Sam Allardyce's men have played with great style and purpose so far, with their increased quality being evident for all to see.
It means that Jarvis will have to perform to a high standard if he is to end his frustrations and remain a part of Allardyce's starting squad.
West Ham's next match comes against West Bromwich Albion tomorrow, where they will be looking to grab another three points to elevate themselves even further up the table.