Ben Foster was delighted to make his return to senior action in Tuesday's victory over West Ham, but admits he craves more minutes of playing time over the remainder of the season.
The England international had a week to psyche himself up for his first start since November and, having made a couple of smart saves en route to a clean sheet, is now setting his sights on more action in order to play himself into England's World Cup squad.
"It's nice to get a run-out tonight," Foster told MUTV. "It was a good game for me to get involved in. West Ham have got a couple of big lads upfront and there's always a chance you're going to get some action. It was a good performance from the lads and a good result.
"I knew maybe a week ago, the Boss told me so it gives you plenty of time to prepare mentally. Obviously I haven't played for a few months and it's nice to know you're going to be playing.
"It's not nice when you're not even on the bench sometimes and you're not involved in the squad. With it being a World Cup year it's an important time, you need to be involved, but hopefully it's the start of a few more games coming my way.
"That's all I can look forward to really. I think I need to play some more games. Obviously it's not down to me. If I get a chance, I've just got to do as well as I can do. That's all I can do at the moment."