Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp has praised winger David Bentley for fighting his way back into the first-team set-up at White Hart Lane.
The 25-year-old England international has struggled to make his mark since joining Spurs in the summer of 2008, but has impressed in recent weeks after earning a recall.
Redknapp told reporters:"David was out the picture but has trained well and has been fantastic. I don't hold grudges, I don't work that way and it's there for anybody.
"They're all here to play and he's responded really well. The work-rate and ability he showed the other night at Leeds was fantastic and was appreciated."
Bentley himself added:"I've just been looking to perform. It's been a difficult time since I came here and you can't help that when the team have been doing so well without you.
"I just look forward to every game I play now and don't take it for granted. I go out there and enjoy myself.
"I just want to stay in the team and play as many games as I can. I am taking it game by game at the minute because you never know in football.
"My time at Spurs has been hard, but hopefully I can start enjoying it now."