JAMES Henry is hoping to hit top form when Millwall's season resumes against Derby County on Saturday after a two-week break.
The Lions winger admits he is yet to reach the heights he knows he is capable of so far this campaign, but hopes that is about to change – starting against the Rams.
And the 24-year-old has extra motivation to impress given that he has entered the final 12 months of his contract.
"I probably haven't started as well I wanted to," he said. "I started really well last season but you can't always guarantee that you are going to play well. I believe in my own ability and I know that eventually things will turn for me and I will start playing well again.
"I am in my final season so I have to earn a new deal. I did well last year and if I can pick up my form again, there's no reason why something won't happen for me. I'm just looking forward to getting more games and playing well again."
The visit of the Rams to south London is the first of back-to-back home games, with Blackpool to follow next Tuesday, and Henry says Millwall cannot afford to keep dropping points on their own patch.
"We are under no false illusions that it is a results business, and we've got two important home games coming up and we want maximum points," he said.
"We have to start winning at home, because every team needs their home form to be successful. We need to make The Den a fortress again, like when we were in League One.
"Derby will be a tough game. People thought Blackpool would be struggling this season and they're right up there already, so it's a crazy division.
"We've got to go into every game now believing we can win. There's a new manager and four or five new faces, so things take time to gel. Once they do, hopefully that will start reflecting on the pitch.
"We have played a lot better football in the last two games and defended better as well, all we're missing now is our first win."