Premier League: Steven Whittaker prepared to battle for Norwich place
Steven Whittaker remains committed to the Norwich City cause and is prepared to battle for a regular starting berth.
Last Updated: 13/11/13 11:24am
The Scotland international has endured an up and down season thus far, with sporadic appearances made in Chris Hughton's side.
His most recent outings have come in fixtures against Manchester giants United and City, in which Norwich have shipped 11 goals in league and cup competition.
Whittaker acknowledges that he has found the going tough at times, with his omission often leaving him frustrated, but he will continue to keep 'working away' in the hope of earning a prolonged run in the team.
The 29-year-old full-back told the Daily Record ahead of Scotland's friendly double-header against the USA and Norway: "I found myself out of the team after one poor result we had and when you're not playing week in, week out you struggle for match fitness.
"I started the first four games and scored a couple of goals and thought I was doing quite well, but then we played Tottenham away and lost 2-0 and I was dropped after that.
"It was disappointing because again, like the Man City game, I felt I played okay that day.
"That's why it's frustrating because I don't feel I've done anything too wrong to not be playing. I feel I should be playing.
"It would be easier to take if I felt I was playing badly. Every player knows when they've been poor or done well. When you're playing poorly you put yourself up for being dropped, but I felt I was doing alright and scored a couple of goals.
"I've always been involved and on the bench if I've not been playing. I've had some conversations with the Norwich manager and he's explained his reasons, so I'll need to keep my head down.
"It's not like I'm out of the picture, so I just need to keep working away.
"You rely on people dropping form or injuries, but your opportunity will come and that's what I'm waiting on at the minute.
"I'm trying to keep that positive attitude and make sure I'm ready to grab the opportunity when it comes my way.
"I'm still as determined on the training field. I'm not the type of player who needs a cuddle, I just get on with it."