RYAN Fraser revealed his frustration over a lack of game time and admitted he “didn’t expect to play 90 minutes” against Norwich.

The Cherries winger has been hampered by illness and injury over the past few weeks.

He had not started in the league since August’s 3-1 defeat at Leicester before being recalled to the XI by boss Eddie Howe for Saturday’s 0-0 draw against the Canaries.

Fraser’s start against the Carrow Road side had come on his 100th top-flight appearance.

But he insisted not playing regularly over Cherries’ past four league games had been “not nice”.

Asked whether it had been a frustrating period for him, the Scotland international said: “Of course, it’s not nice and obviously frustrating at the same time.

“But I am just glad to be back in the team now and hopefully I can play next week.

“I haven’t played for a while. I have been coming on here and there for 20 minutes. I had my illness as well.

“I thought I’d done well coming off the bench and (previously) didn’t get the start.

“I didn’t expect to play 90 minutes on Saturday to be honest with you. I probably felt it after 70 minutes and struggled a little bit after that.

“I just need to keep getting my fitness levels up and keep playing games.”

Howe’s men were left frustrated by Daniel Farke’s side at Vitality Stadium.

Despite picking up their first clean sheet of the season, the Dorset club only registered two shots on target.

Cherries boss Howe said: “In our desperation to score we put a lot of aerial crosses into the box, which never really suit us when we play that way.

“We’re much better when we’re a little bit more intricate and a little bit more patient. I think in our desperation to score that worked against us.”

Fraser added: “Obviously when you get told not to cross the ball, as a winger it’s a little bit hard. You try to come in a little bit narrow and then you sometimes don’t affect the game as much.

“I felt like the first half I affected the game more than I did in the second half.

“Sometimes you want to be the one to make the difference yourself but, at the same time, I felt we could have passed it a little bit more.

“The second half they passed it a lot better than us and we looked tired.

“Obviously, I went over the to the right later on in the game and then I kind of phased myself out a little bit – as I’m probably not as effective on the right as I am on the left.”

The former Aberdeen ace switched flanks to the right after substitute Arnaut Danjuma had replaced Harry Wilson for the final 21 minutes.

Asked whether he minded playing on the right, Fraser replied: “I don’t mind playing on it but when you are more effective - like I was last season - I think I played most of my minutes on the left hand side.

“I am not going to refuse to play somewhere. You’ve got to play where you’re told. I’ll relish it and try to improve on it.

“I don’t think I’m as effective on the right as I am on the left. It’s something I need to learn from and if I do play on the right then I need to do my best.”