Lawrence eager for action

06 February 2009 02:58
Stoke City midfielder Liam Lawrence has admitted he will not be happy until he has secured regular football under manager Tony Pulis.

The former Sunderland man has found himself down Pulis' pecking order this term after injury and has made just seven Premier League appearances following the team's promotion to England's top flight.

Lawrence has no qualms waiting for a chance to stake his claim for a regular berth, but admits the interim period kicking his heels on the sidelines is tough to take.

"It's very frustrating because I want to give something to the team and help Stoke stay in the Premiership," said Lawrence. "I'm desperate to get back into the side and the manager knows that.

No good"He has told me to keep my feet on the ground, stick with him and take my chance when it comes. I've accepted that, but I love playing and I won't be happy until I'm starting games.

"I've been champing at the bit for weeks. I feel fit and raring to go and I'm no good to anybody while I'm sitting on the bench."

Stoke face Lawrence's old club Sunderland this weekend, but the 27-year-old does not think he has anything to prove to his former paymasters.

He added: "If I do play, I don't feel as though I've got anything to prove to Sunderland. They are a massive club and the fans were good to me, but I had a fall out with Roy Keane and was sold to Stoke."

Source: SKY_Sports