MARK Beevers is hoping his return from injury will coincide with Millwall's first clean sheet – and win – in their last seven league games.
Beevers is expected to make his comeback from a knee ligament sprain against Barnsley on Saturday and is determined to get one over his hometown club.
But the 24-year-old's priority is to help shore up the Lions' defence, which has been leaking goals at an alarming rate in his absence.
He said: "I'm sure the manager wants to get a consistent back four and hopefully with a run of games we'll start keeping clean sheets again.
"Our defensive record this year hasn't been good enough – as a back four, even as a whole 11, we need to tighten up. We're good enough to do it and we need to start against Barnsley.
"We have got players in our team who are more than capable of keeping clean sheets and scoring goals.
"Scoring hasn't been the problem – we've been scoring ones and twos fairs regularly, so if we shut Barnsley out I've got no doubt we'll pick up three points.
"Last season was the reverse of this season – we weren't scoring goals but we were keeping things down to 'ones and zeroes' at the back as Kenny Jackett used to say. We need to get back to old ways defensively and let the strikers do their thing up top.
"It is frustrating. We are conceding a lot of goals – some of them have been really unlucky, while others have been sloppy and down to poor concentration.
"We know what we have to do so communication throughout the team and keeping our shape at all times are both massively important."