Jonathan Spector is hoping to "take full advantage" should he get another run-out for West Ham United against Bolton Wanderers on Sunday.
The versatile American international was used off the bench in the midweek cup win at Coventry City when manager Alan Curbishley needed him "to come in and do a job in the centre of the park". His commitment to the cause impressed his team-mates, with Lee Bowyer for one claiming Spector did "exceptionally well".
The 21-year-old defender has had to be content with sporadic appearances this season and regular reserve-team football, but he told WHUTV that patience was required. "Of course it is frustrating when you are not playing. Every player in the squad wants to play every game which makes for a lot of competition for places. But you know when I get the opportunity, all I hope for is to take full advantage."
Spector, who knows about the importance of strength in depth from his time at Manchester United, is not worried about the weeks to come. "It is not as if we have a small group of talented players," he explained. "We have a large squad and everyone can play so I think we will be all right."
Spector is the latest West Ham United player to talk exclusively to WHUTV. Log on ahead of the visit of Bolton to hear from Alan Curbishley in his pre-match press conference while you can also get full audio commentary from 4pm on Sunday.