Last Updated: Fri, 09 Aug 2013 13:57
Carlos Cuellar has revealed his delight at being handed a chance to play in the pre-season game against FC Midtjylland.
Cuellar is eager to make an impression on manager Paolo Di Canio as he fights to earn a regular starting berth with the Premier League outfit ahead of the new campaign.
The Spaniard played the full 90 minutes in the victory over the high-flying Danish Superliga side in their final friendly before they host Fulham in their opening game of the season.
The 31-year-old believes that the strict attitude of his Italian manager and all the hard work during pre-season has paid dividends and will help the squad to be more competitive this year.
Cuellar said: "For me, I'm happy to play for 90 minutes and get the chance to play.
"Pre-season has been tough; we have done lots of work on our fitness and we have had games in Italy and Hong Kong.
"It was nice to be involved in Denmark, but overall it was good for the team to get the victory and to keep a clean sheet."
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