IAN Holloway says he "can't wait" to experience the atmosphere at The Den on Saturday when Millwall host south London rivals Charlton.
A crowd in excess of 15,000 is anticipated for the visit of the Addicks to SE16 tomorrow for what is a crunch game in the seasons of both clubs.
Holloway admits the Lions' 1-0 midweek defeat at Blackpool has been the low point of his tenure to date, but he is determined to bounce back with a vital win.
"This has probably been the worse week I've had here after the best couple of days," he said. "We played really well at Derby but the way things went on Tuesday made it difficult.
"There has been a bit of doom and gloom but I'm still very optimistic.
"I honestly can't wait for the Charlton game. I understand where everyone is at in terms of their feelings about this rivalry, and I'm right there with them.
"This is a local derby and I want to beat them for all sorts of reasons – and not just because of where we are in the table, although we can put pressure on them if we manage to win.
"The atmosphere is going to be fantastic and our crowd can help us get the right result.
"I will pick a team of players that put a shift in and work hard for each other. We probably won't have a bigger game all season and the performance needs to reflect that."
Holloway will make a late decision on the fitness of Scott Malone, who sustained a hip injury at Derby last weekend.
"He trained this morning but he's not in the team at the moment," the Lions boss said. "I don't ever risk any of my players, that's the truth.
"I've picked a team but Scott's torn a muscle and I don't know how painful it is. He wants to try and prove to me that he's alright, but do I trust him?
"In a game like this I will be better off with somebody who might be slightly out of position but is fully fit. That's what I need."