Steve Wants More

Stephen Bywater had an eventful return to action at Bramall Lane on Saturday - and says he now has had another taste of the first team he wants to play every week.

The goodwill towards him from his colleagues was obvious all week, and the 22-year old reveals:

"They have been really good - they have got confidence in me and it has boosted my confidence - but we should have won.

"I want to play every week - you get goose pimples when you go out there and you think 'yeah, this is what I want to do'.

"I am still learning but I need to play every week.

"There was a little bit of nerves because I haven't played for a long time at this standard of football, and I was thinking that I needed to do well - I think I did okay."

He saved a penalty from Michael Tonge that might have helped deliver all three points, and he says:

"I think it was a bit obvious where he was putting it because he kind of looked to my left for a long time before he ran up and I thought 'well, he isn't going to stick it there, is he?' - it was too obvious.

"I went right and I was just lucky enough to save it - but it means nothing without the win, or it certainly would have meant a lot more if we had won.

"But to only have one point to show for it is a little bit disappointing; we were under pressure for a lot of the game but I think we coped with it.

"We had a fair few chances and I think we should have won it, and I was gutted when the third one went in - I was thinking a few swear words, but that is football and we have to take a point.

"I was a bit disappointed with myself on that one because I came out for it and didn't get the ball, but it is one of those things and I can't do anything about it now."

Stephen denies gamesmanship when he asked referee Paul Durkin if he could tie up his boot laces in injury time before taking a goal kick - it incensed the home fans, but he insists he was doing nothing untoward.

"They were really undone; their keeper did the same thing in the first half and I did need to tie them up and get on with the game," he says.

"I was getting a lot of things chucked at me but you expect that if you are going to try and do your boots up - and I carried on with the game as usual."

Stephen did not fear the worst when he was picking the ball out of the net after just a couple of minutes when Paul Peschisolido scored, and he adds:

"That was unlucky, it just went through my legs, but I was still thinking 'we can beat these'.

"They are a good side but not the best and I think if they get into the Premier League they would struggle a bit - it is not as if I thought we are 1-0 down and going to get beaten.

"I thought we could actually come back and win it."

As foir the departure of David James, he concludes:

"Good luck to him - he has worked hard here and hopefully he will do well."