DANNY Graham has admitted Michael Laudrup was right to drop him — but the Swansea City striker is determined to reclaim his place in the team.
Graham has not started since the 2-2 draw against Reading on October 6, struggling with a back injury and failing to regain his starting spot since returning to fitness.
Last season's top scorer has been overlooked for Michu recently and, although the Spaniard is likely to play in midfield at Newcastle today, Graham could still be on the bench with Laudrup hinting Itay Shechter could get his first start for the Swans.
It has been a difficult few months for Graham, who scored 14 goals last term, but the former Watford forward concedes his omission has been warranted.
"Rightly so I got dropped, and I don't hide away from that," said Graham. "I held my hands up and knew I wasn't playing as well as I should've been.
"This is the first time I've been at Swansea without starting for four games. It is tough and I want to play football, of course I do."
Graham gave Laudrup a reminder of his scoring prowess with a goal for the Swansea Under-21s in their 2-1 defeat to Cardiff in midweek.
"It was up to me to either go and knock on the (manager's) door and rant and rave about not playing or just get my head down on the training ground — and I did the latter," he added.
I've been working hard in training and played 90 minutes for the reserves to stay match-sharp. I feel I've given a positive reaction and I hope that works in my favour.
"I just train as hard as I can. I know all players go through difficult times. It's part and parcel of football — it's how you deal with it.
"I've been doing really well in training and I feel as I've reacted well. If selected, I'm ready."