Out-of-favour West Brom striker Rickie Lambert says he will not be “throwing any tantrums” over his lack of first-team action.
The 33-year-old striker has started only three Premier League games – his last back in September against his former club Southampton – since his £3million move from Liverpool in the summer.
The Kirkby-born frontman, who replaced Stephane Sessegnon at half-time on Sunday, was the architect of Albion’s revival with his deflected shot earning the Baggies a 1-1 draw at West Ham and he is hoping that display impressed boss Tony Pulis sufficiently for him to force his way into the first XI.
“Obviously, I want to play more minutes,” said Lambert. “But it’s the Premier League and Salomon (Rondon) is doing really well,” Lambert told the Express & Star.
“He suits the way the managers plays and I am there for whatever minutes I get. I want to start but if not, I want to come on and try to affect the game and help the lads.
“It’s a long season, there’s no point throwing tantrums and not performing in training. I have never been that type of player or person and never will be.”
Lambert, who has admitted to feeling frystrated, has scored just once this season after Sunday’s effort was accredited as a Winston Reid own goal.
“I know the gaffer appreciates me. I haven’t had that much time, which can be frustrating. But like I said, I am not throwing my dummy out. I am doing my best in training.
“I am looking for the chance to impress. Hopefully I did that on Sunday and more,” added Lambert.