Tom Ince has told the Derby Telegraph that he feels his form hasn't been up to scratch over the early part of the new season.
Ince joined Derby County on a permanent deal over the summer but, by his own admission, he is yet to reach the same level as he did last term.
The England youth international scored 11 goals in 18 appearances while on loan at Derby in the 2014/15 campaign, but it has taken him seven games to get off the mark this time around.
Ince scored Derby's goal in a 1-0 win over Reading last night, and he is hoping that it is a strike which can kick-start his season.
"I felt I needed it, to be honest," Ince said to the Daily Telegraph. "I don't think my last few performances haven't been good enough for my standard - I'm the first to realise that.
"Even at Reading, I don't feel I got anywhere near where I should be - but sometimes, you don't play well and you get a goal.
"You have to take the positives. It was nice to get off the mark and, hopefully, now I can put a run together."
If Ince can get back to his best then Derby will be better for it, as he has the ability to be a standout player at Championship level.
The 23-year-old proved has already proven his class in the second-tier, and he will be central to Paul Clement's side's chances this term, as the gun for promotion.
At the moment the Rams are 10th place in the Championship table, but having won their last two fixtures, both on the road, they appear to be starting to click into gear.