West Brom winger Jerome Thomas hopes to have played his way into contention for this Sunday's visit of Stoke.
Thomas made his first appearance of the season following a hip injury in Tuesday night's 4-1 Carling Cup success at Bournemouth and opened the scoring after just seven minutes.
It was the response Baggies boss Roy Hodgson would have wanted after the club opened up their Premier League campaign with back-to-back defeats to Manchester United and Chelsea respectively.
Thomas believes the team were unfortunate in each case, and the 28-year-old has declared himself ready to play his part against the Potters this weekend.
"I feel ready, especially with an extra day's training this week with the game being on Sunday," Thomas told the Express and Star.
"I'm ready to get back involved with the squad and hopefully help us start to put some points on the table in the Premier League.
"I thought we were unlucky in both league games so far to come away without anything but that's the nature of the Premier League, especially when you're playing against the top teams.
"Hopefully setting up and scoring more goals is something I can take into the first team and into the Premier League, because that's what wins games and gets points on the board.
"I was just happy to be back out there last night. It's always frustrating being injured, but I have been supporting the lads as much as I can and it was good to get back out there."
Thomas admits Premier League survival is West Brom's main target this term, but can see no harm in a cup run, with Hodgson naming an entirely different starting XI to the Stamford Bridge loss.
Thomas added: "If we're being realistic, in the grand scheme of things staying in the Premier League is the No.1 priority. It was last season and it's the same this season.
"But it's nice, especially with the squad we've got, to get more people game time and it's good to get as far as we can."