Nottingham Forest striker Britt Assombalonga believes he and his team-mates have been energised by the recent international break.
The Reds were last in action in the win over Norwich on 8 November, a match which saw Assombalonga notch a goal and an assist.
And, while he admits at the time he would have preferred another game sooner, Assombalonga says it has been good to take a brief change of perspective.
He told Forest Player: “The break has given us a chance to keep our minds on something else, like our families, to get back all our energy and come back on fire.
“We’ve been working hard in training, keeping our fitness levels high. Obviously training and games are two different things but we’re keeping ourselves ticked over.
“Everyone is waiting for the next game to come as soon as possible.”
Assombalonga’s impact since his summer arrival from Peterborough has been plain for all to see.
And, despite his healthy goal tally, the novelty hasn’t worn off for the striker, who will keep giving ‘100%’ to carry on playing at a level he dreamt of as a youngster.
He said: “When I was at Peterborough there was sometimes only 6,000 fans, but here there are over 20,000 all the time. You can’t really hear anything on the pitch when the fans are singing.
“As a little kid you always think ‘when will this day come?’, and that day’s come for me.”
Click here to watch Britt's full interview on Forest Player.