Nottingham Forest defender Sam Byram was happy to be back out on the pitch after a lengthy injury lay-off.
The full back featured for the first time since August in last night's defeat against Sheffield Wednesday and he felt that all of his hard work in recovery had paid off.
He said: "It has been about seven months but I feel fit and good to be back. When I did the injury and had my surgery, there would have been a few people who wouldn't have expected me to be back. But I set myself a target and gave myself something to fight towards and it is nice to come back and play again.
"I did a lot of my rehab back at West Ham, so it is almost like coming back and meeting everyone again. But the staff here have done a lot of good work with me and I am grateful to them for getting me up to speed and helping me get back out there.
"I did two 90 minutes for the Under 23s and have been training for a few weeks now. It gets to the point where there is only so much for the Under 23s you can play and need to make that step and I felt quite good out there."
Despite the positive seeing the West Ham loanee back out on the pitch, the result last night was a disappointing one and it leaves The Reds with a big task if they are to sneak into the top six.
He said: "Coming it at half-time I thought was generous for them. We created lots of chances and we were playing well, then to give away three goals like we have done is very frustrating.
"We have been a bit naïve. Going one nil down, you need to regroup. There are parts in the game when I thought we were on top, playing good football and then we concede a second. We need to be better mentally and not give away easy goals."