IAN Holloway claims he is facing his most testing week as Millwall manager.
The Lions play three difficult games in the next ten days against sides tipped to be in the play-off mix come the end of the season.
But after a two-week international break, a rested and rejuvenated Holloway is relishing the challenge ahead.
Millwall, sitting 5th in the table, resume their Championship campaign against Ipswich Town at Portman Road on Saturday.
"I'm really looking forward to the toughest week I've had as a Millwall manager," Holloway told the Southwark News.
"Mick McCarthy's boys away is tough, then we have Reading away and Nottingham Forest at home. Forest could be anything they want to be under a club legend in Stuart Pearce.
"Man-for-man, Forest have one of the strongest squads in the division. I can't imagine many others clubs have spent as much on their squad as Forest have.
"It’s a fantastic week for us to test ourselves."
Despite claiming ten points from their opening five league fixtures, Holloway reckons Millwall must be more consistent in the weeks ahead.
"I felt we needed a break," he said. "It was an exceptionally long pre-season and I was a little bit stressed at the lack of competitive friendlies we played.
"I felt that might have influenced us a little bit but the lads have done really, really well.
"But it's shown a bit because we haven’t been able to manage a 90-minute performance so far, in my opinion.
"I've spoken to the boys about that this week. It's really important that we stay on task and we understand what we need to do when a game changes.
"We've already experienced a couple of situations like that. At the end of last season the boys stayed on task and had more consistent 90 minutes than at the moment.
"Hopefully that's something we'll grow into. I was disappointed with the last 20 minutes of the Blackpool game because we almost threw it away.
"In fairness, it's nice to get three points and then look at things and be a bit critical. I think the break has done us good."