Jack Collison admitted to having mixed emotions after making his West Ham return after 14 months on the sidelines.
The 22-year-old has been recuperating since undergoing surgery on a serious knee injury in March of last year, but made his long awaited comeback in the Hammers' basement battle with Blackburn on Saturday.
West Ham managed to salvage a draw at Upton Park after the introduction of Collison, but could have taken all three points and given their hopes of survival a massive boost.
This left Collison at a quandary as to whether to feel elated or deflated, but the young midfielder was clearly delighted to just be back on the pitch.
"I had mixed emotions. Obviously it was great to get out on the pitch after such a long lay-off," he told the official West Ham website.
"It would have been nice had we got the three points. We created a lot of chances, we showed great fighting spirit after going 1-0 down to get back into the game. We are still in with a fighting chance - two games, two wins and hopefully we can do it.
"I wasn't nervous. I had been waiting long enough to get another go at it and I had been working hard for in the past 14 months. There have been long days and it was great to be out there.
"I owe a lot of people a lot of things. I got there eventually, but that is enough about me and it is about the team and staying in the Premier League."
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