Bournemouth striker Benik Afobe says the smile has returned to his face after a difficult start to this season.
The 23-year-old's chances have been limited for the Cherries so far this campaign after joining from Wolves for £10m in January.
"Not being part of the team has been a different kind of challenge," he told BBC Radio Solent. "But the manager has never lost faith in me.
"I didn't sulk at being left out, but perhaps I didn't train as hard."
"I'm not someone that really sulks or is what they call in football 'a bad egg', or someone that starts gossiping and affecting the changing room," he added.
"I was a bit too down to start with, but after the chat with the manager, I've been better in training in the last couple of months and the opportunities have come.
"The smile is definitely back on my face."