MARTYN Woolford admitted he had a point to prove against Nottingham Forest last night after starting the season on the fringes of Steve Lomas' squad.
And the winger, 27, hopes his performance at the City Ground was enough to put him in contention for Saturday's Championship clash against Brighton.
The Lions lost 2-1 after extra time but Woolford was one of the standout performers.
"That was my first run out in a while so I was tired after 90 minutes, let alone 120, but it's nice to be on the pitch and I enjoyed it," he said.
"Obviously we are all very disappointed with the final result but I'm glad to be a part of it again. I was pretty pleased with my performance but the team comes first and we wanted to be in the next round of the cup.
"I was desperate to score. I've not been playing so I had a little bit of a point to prove and places are up for grabs for the Brighton game. I'm desperate for the shirt and I'm trying to prove my worth.
"I thought I had scored once or twice but the 'keeper made a few good saves. I'm always going to try and get on the scoresheet because I've come here as a goalscoring midfielder.
"I'm obviously gutted that I've not played a minute of league football this year, so I'm getting my head down in training and doing everything I can to get myself in the starting line up."
Woolford says Millwall need to work on their defending ahead of the trip to the Amex Stadium, having conceded twice from set pieces against Forest.
He said: "It's not necessarily just down to the defenders – we're letting in goals from corners so everyone, the whole team, needs to be a little bit sharper and on the ball.
"For their first goal, they played a quick one and we weren't organised quickly enough. We've been getting punished for those little things and that happened again, so it's back to the training ground.
"If that had been a league game we would have come away with a point after 90 minutes, so there are positives to take out of the performance.
"There are still things that we need to iron out as a team and we'll be working hard over the next couple of days to do that."