Nottingham Forest full back Eric Lichaj says the extra work he carried out in the international break has helped him rediscover his best form.
Lichaj has started every match this season but admits he was disappointed with some of his performances early on in the campaign.
But impressive recent displays have left Lichaj with plenty to build on.
He told Forest Player HD: “In the first few games you could probably say I wasn’t at my best.
“The goal in the first game – I just thought ‘That’s not me. I need to get better, I need to get quicker. I should be blocking that shot.’ That was in my mind too much for the first couple of games.
“Over the international break I’ve worked harder and tried to build up some more fitness and strength. I think it’s helped.
“Hopefully I can keep my QPR and Birmingham performances as my building block.”
Lichaj and his team-mates’ next challenge comes against Middlesbrough in a kids for a quid clash
at The City Ground.
And the American is looking forward to seeing plenty of younger fans in attendance.
He said: “It’s always good for the kids to come out. I remember going to some of the Chicago Fire games when I was younger. It was exciting for me, even though I didn’t know the gist of everything and all the players. I still really enjoyed it.
“I think the fans can be encouraged by these last two games. We just want to prove ourselves at home – show the fans what we’re about and give them three points.”