Pablo Armero's patience was rewarded as he produced a fine display on his full West Ham United debut.
The Colombian left-back was handed his first start in Sunday's 2-1 Barclays Premier League loss to Liverpool at the Boleyn Ground.
Despite feeling the disappointment of defeat, Armero was happy to be given his chance to start, having had to bide his time since his January loan switch from Italian club Napoli.
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"It has been a while since I have played," admitted the No8, who caught the eye with his pace, tenacity and impressive distribution. "It is very important for me to play so I thank God, my colleagues and the technical team who gave me the opportunity. I think I fulfilled with them and I hope I can carry on enjoying these opportunities."
Armero was part of a determined defensive display that restricted title-chasing Liverpool to a handful of clear goalscoring chances, with the Reds' two goals both coming from the penalty spot.
While the headlines focused on those controversial Steven Gerrard penalties and Luis Suarez hitting the crossbar twice, the South American said Liverpool carried a threat from all over the pitch which West Ham did relatively well to contain.
"More than Suarez I think it was about the whole Liverpool team," he explained. "They are a great team and I think they did the things right but we also had opportunities. Unfortunately we did not win but we did a good job as a team."
For the speedy Armero, who has spent the past three-and-a-half seasons in Italian football with Udinese and Napoli, the pace of the Barclays Premier League is a feature he has relished.
With five matches still to play, the 27-year-old is hoping for more opportunities to shine between now and the season's end.
The first of those games is at Arsenal next Tuesday evening - a club Armero enjoyed victory over in the UEFA Champions League group stage with Napoli as recently as December 2013.
Does he believe West Ham can emulate that 2-0 victory at the Emirates next Tuesday evening?
"I believe in the teamwork and if we play as a team we can get a good result."
Looking further forward, should he continue to impress and settle, the Colombia international regular would love nothing more than to remain in English football with the Hammers.
"It is a new experience, and it is a very good one for me," he confirmed. "I like the Premier League, because it is very fast, it is very exciting and I like how the crowd enjoy the games. I think it is thrilling playing here and I enjoy it."
"I would like to have a good end with West Ham so in the future have a new contract with the team."
A second summer aim for Armero is the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Having played in 15 of Colombia's 16 South American qualifiers and been capped 50 times in total, the left-back will surely be involved on his home continent. However, he knows a series of strong displays over the closing weeks of the Barclays Premier League season would cement his place in Jose Pekerman's squad.
"Firstly, I am thinking of West Ham and getting the maximum result here," he revealed. "It is normal that, as we are getting close to the World Cup, I want to keep pace and be at full capacity [so that I can be picked for Brazil 2014]."