His delight at making his first appearance of the season after his well-chronicled injury problems was offset by the fact that he was unable to inspire his team mates to clawing their way back into the game when he came on in the 80th minute.
"It is good to be playing; I am working hard in the reserves and trying to get back in, force the gaffer's hand and give him an option - all I can do is keep working hard," he says.
"It is nice for the gaffer to stick me on there and that obviously gave me a bit of confidence; now I have to try and get a start.
"Unfortunately we didn't get the right result on Saturday; they probably had four or five players better than us in their positions on the day.
"We didn't really create enough for the good front men that we have got, there was a lack of crosses and a lack of shots on target, and I don't think we can really complain about the result.
"You try and find your feet and get on the ball as much as you can to create something - but it wasn't our day.
"All we can do now is look to get six points from the two home games coming up."
As for his own situation, he adds:
"I am feeling all right and I can't do any more than keep working hard; I have a good respect for the gaffer who has done a lot for me.
"I have had my problems with my mum and dad and he has been understanding on that side of it - he has been really good to me."