Last Updated: Fri, 11 Oct 2013 14:44
West Ham striker Mladen Petric is looking to get his first start in a West Ham shirt after the international break next week.
The former Fulham front man played his first full 90 minutes for the Hammers in a behind closed doors friendly on Thursday against Charlton where he netted the opening goal, only for the Hammers to then go on to lose 4-2.
The Croatian was delighted with his efforts and is now hoping that Allardyce will consider him for a starting spot when Manchester City visit Upton Park next weekend.
He told West Ham TV: "It was a good day; I played 90 minutes after a long time which was very good for me and of course I'm glad to score a goal but it's only a friendly, so it doesn't count for too much.
"It was good, not just for my fitness, but some other players as well and it was very important to get 90 minutes.
"I feel better and better each day and I don't think it's long before I will feel 100 per cent fit.
"My fitness is much better than when I started three weeks ago. I saw how big the difference was between me and the other players and now I feel like every day that difference is getting smaller and smaller."
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