West Ham's fit-again midfielder Kieron Dyer has expressed his delight at featuring for an hour in the 1-1 draw at Aston Villa.
Dyer has slowly been eased back into the swing of things by manager Gianfranco Zola following a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a double leg break.
The former Newcastle United man had only been given fleeting outings of late, but mustered an hour's action at Villa Park after being brought on to replace James Collins.
"I wasn't expecting an hour," Dyer told the club's official website.
"The plan was to just give me half-an-hour or 40 minutes here and there but obviously when the manager called me to go on with 15 minutes of the first half still to go I was quite surprised!
"I'm happy to be playing in any kind of game after being out for two years, but it was an exciting game to play in. Both teams went for it and it was an enjoyable game to be part of."
Dyer played in a number of positions during his time at Newcastle from out wide to behind a lone striker, although he feels people should not be surprised to see him as a more orthodox midfielder.
"People don't realise but I've played most of my career in there," he continued. "I'm used to playing with two lungs in there but today I only played with one!
"I did okay and the lads did well as a team and we thoroughly deserved a point. It could even have been three in the end because I thought we had a lot more chances than them.
"Even though we got the late equaliser, there was a bit of disappointment that we didn't take more points."