Jamie Paterson | I’ve been itching to get back on the pitch
Jamie Paterson was delighted to be back on the pitch for Swansea City and hopes his injury frustrations are behind him after the draw at Bristol City.
The midfielder is one of a handful of senior players who have been forced to watch from the sidelines as the Swans have embarked on an excellent run of form.
But he made his return in the 70th minute against his former club on Saturday - making a first appearance since September 13 - and contributed to the Swans coming from behind to claim a point at Ashton Gate.
“It’s a relief to be back out there really,” Paterson said.
“It’s been pretty much since the start of the season that I’ve been struggling with a groin problem. I’ve worked hard, been in the gym every day and I’ve just been itching to get back involved.
“No one wants to be injured, it can be a lonely place at times when you’re just in the gym, but I’ve stayed around it and tried to give a boost to the lads.
“It was nice to get on against my former team as well. Coming on at 1-0 down isn’t easy and to get that point in the end made it a good day.”
The spoils were shared in a hard-fought encounter against the Robins as the Swans once again came from behind to get something from the game.
The side have now taken 11 points from losing positions, and the result maintains the Swans' recent good form.
“It shows how far we’ve come that we’re disappointed with that result,” Paterson added.
“We had them camped in towards the end of the game, and we didn’t take our chances, but in the end it’s a good point.
“Bristol City are a good team, they work hard and it’s a derby game, so we knew it was going to be a difficult game with a good atmosphere. The fans were brilliant again for us.
“We won last weekend, got a point here and we go again on Tuesday at Preston.”