Manager Frank Lampard is eyeing a return to the Sky Bet Championship's play-off places tonight - but knows his Derby County side face a tough encounter against Millwall.

Whilst the Lions sit just above the division's relegation places, they will be in confident mood following their progression through to the Quarter Finals of the Emirates FA Cup at the weekend.

Neil Harris’ men have already got the better of the Rams at the start of the season, following a 2-1 victory at The Den in August, and Lampard knows his side will need to be at their best in order to pick up a positive result.

“The disappointment on that day was that we started poorly and went two goals down,” he told RamsTV. “In the second-half we got back in the game but had too much to do.

“There was a good lesson to how football is and how Millwall are. They are very specific in the way they play. They play to their strengths, they are no surprise for us on those terms. We have to deal with their threats and trust in ourselves at home to get the result.

“They are difficult opponents no matter which way you look at it. Their performances last year almost pushed them into the play-offs and they are a team with a good manager that plays to their strengths which makes it difficult for you to play. It’s going to be a tough game.

“We have to give everything to try and push up in the top-six and beyond, hopefully. It is in our hands and it is good to have that clarity.”

The Rams, however, have been in good form at Pride Park Stadium and are unbeaten on their own patch since early November.

The supporters have seen eight wins on home turf in the league this season and that has been helped by the atmosphere inside the stadium, which Lampard has praised.

“The whole of the last game, in the 2-0 win against Hull City, was a fantastic atmosphere at Pride Park,” he said.

“We want to reproduce that so the responsibility is on us to show the fans the passion and energy in our game and hopefully they will get behind us again like they did that game.

“It does give us extra legs and that bit of help. We have got important home games coming up, not just Millwall, but all the home games until the end of the season.

“We can work together and try and get those results at home because that is critical in what we want to do.”