Sunderland midfielder Sebastian Larsson has told the Chronicle that this season has been a very frustrating one so far.
Larsson was given a back-up role by Dick Advocaat over the early part of the campaign, but Sam Allardyce restored him to the starting line-up, in his first match in charge against West Bromwich Albion.
And the Swedish midfielder said that he was delighted to be back involved, after growing frustrated with his bench warming role under Advocaat.
“It’s nice to be back in the team,” he said.
“It’s been a really frustrating time with not really being able to get a look in, but you just have to stay strong, stay fit and then when the chance comes, try to take it."
Larsson's inclusion in the Sunderland's team was not enough to inspire them to victory, as they fell to a 1-0 defeat to West Brom at the Hawthorns.
The Black Cats' improved defensively in Allardyce's first game in charge, but Saido Berahino's strike condemned them to another defeat.
The loss leaves Sunderland even further adrift in the Premier League table, and they are now the only team in the division still looking for a win.
Sunderland's next game comes against Newcastle United, in what looks like a hugely important Tyne-Wear derby.