Knight eyes return

Wednesday 19 December 2001

Zat Knight is aiming to force his way back into Jean Tigana's plans for the Middlesbrough clash as he is finding life on the bench 'frustrating'.

Knight won rave reviews when he played in the centre of defence earlier this season but has not started a game for The Cottagers since October 14th at Aston Villa.

The tall defender had to watch from the bench as Fulham conceded four goals against Tottenham, and now he is hoping to prove he is ready for a recall.

He said: "It's nice to be back in the reckoning and back on the bench for the last two games. But I just want to get back in the side now.

"It's frustrating not playing and I want to show what I can do. Andy Melville and Alain Goma are both international players and I know it's going to be difficult, but when I came in before I did a good job and the gaffer knows he can use me if needed.

"He knows I will do a job for him if he asks and I'll just keep working hard in training and in the reserves and hope I can get back in."

Knight strengthened his claim for a first-team spot with an impressive display in the reserves' 1-1 draw at Southampton on Monday night.