Jack Collison was left with mixed emotions after making his return to action after six months on the sidelines in Saturday's 2-1 Barclays Premier League defeat by Everton.
The midfielder was introduced as a late substitute at the Boleyn Ground, but was unable to help the Hammers fashion a late equaliser.
However, after so long out nursing a knee condition, Collison was naturally delighted to pull on a claret and blue shirt again for the first time since last season's npower Championship Play-Off final. West Ham TV caught up with the No10 after the game.
"I feel good. After playing 45 minutes with the reserves the other day and getting some time on Saturday makes me know that if I'm needed, I've got some time under my belt. It's great to be out there. I really enjoyed my football last year, I was in the team most weeks and it's been a bit of a blow to miss the start of the season, but the boys have been fantastic so far and it's great to come back into a squad that's playing well."
Collison has been out for seven months and he spoke of the difficulty of sitting on the sidelines as West Ham returned to the Barclays Premier League.
"It's been very frustrating but I've had my fair share of injuries to deal with in the past, so you could say I've used my experience a little bit to help me through it. Now I'm trying to get myself fit and raring to go."
Collison's desire to return to first-team action is clear and he said that his knee is feeling stronger every day, adding: "It feels great at the moment so hopefully it will continue to improve and I can get some more minutes and continue training so that hopefully in a few weeks they can throw me in [from the start]."
Concentrating on Saturday's defeat, the Wales international felt West Ham were unforunate to finish empty-handed. The Hammers lost, despite going ahead through Carlton Cole's first-half goal, with the striker's controversial red card not helping matters.
Looking forward, Collison is determined to pick up a positive result at Reading next Saturday, having been sent-off in the 3-0 defeat by the Royals at the Madejski Stadium last season.
"I think we were a bit unlucky to not come away with anything on Saturday. I thought it was a fairly even game and little moments settled it. The second goal was a little bit unfortunate but we've come away with nothing and we will pick ourselves up. We haven't got a game at Arsenal on Boxing Day now so we can recharge and get ready for Reading.
"We're going to Reading ready to prove a point because they turned us over twice last year. The away match was probably my least favourite game last year, so for me personally I'd love to get any time on pitch. I know, as a squad, we are looking to go there and really give it to them this year."