It was an afternoon of mixed emotions for West Ham United debutant Mladen Petric on Saturday.

The Croatian striker was introduced from the bench with the score at 1-1, then played his part in the Hammers' second goal before watching on as Everton turned the game around late on to take the points.

The defeat was tough to take for the ex-Fulham man, although he was happy to get his first run-out in claret and blue.

"It was a really tough loss," he said. "When you go in front twice you shouldn't give it away.

"We were a bit unlucky in the end with the red card and the two goals in the last ten minutes, so it was disappointing.

"They did pressurise us in the second half and played a lot better than they did in the first, but I think we did enough to keep them to one goal.

"The positive was that we scored two goals in the game. The first half was very good from our side, we had a lot of ball possession and scored the goal, so we will try to move on with that.

"I'm very happy to be playing again. It's been a long break for me, so every day I'm feeling better and better.

"I'm doing intensive training, it's hard but you get used to it - and I want to get really fit and help the team.

"For Tuesday [against Cardiff]. we'll see, I don't know what the manager has in his mind, but I hope to be involved and get some time on the pitch.

"I hope to score as soon as possible, and the most important thing is that the team wins."