AFC Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser admitted that he asked manager Eddie Howe if he could play for the under-21s against Plymouth Argyle.
The Scotland international hasn't played for the first team since the Carabao Cup game against Middlesbrough after struggling with a hamstring injury.
Fraser was keen to shake off the rustiness by gaining some valuable playing time and was pleased to play for Carl Fletcher's side.
“I just need to get back to doing what I do," he said.
"When I get to that stage, I just need a little boost in confidence and I’ll be back.
"You do a lot in training but the moment you get out onto the pitch, it is completely different - you need those scenarios on the pitch.
"I asked the gaffer after the Scotland game whether I could play, he said no straight away. So I did a bit on Monday, trained on Tuesday and then he rang me and said I was playing!
“But I wanted to be out there, I want to regain my confidence."
He added on the result: “We had a lot of young players playing, and I looked at their team and I know all of those lads!
“They had ten first team players playing so it was a difficult test, but to go 3-0 at half time was great.
“We had a poor start to the second half but to win against essentially a League One team is massive."