Stoke midfielder Rory Delap is hoping to win back his regular place in the first-team.
The 33-year-old returned to the Potters' starting line-up for the game against Birmingham on Monday at the Britannia Stadium, which the Blues won 1-0.
Delap came into the side because regular starters Glenn Whelan and Salif Diao were serving suspensions.
The long-throw specialist has not been happy with his recent performances and wants to return to top form next year.
"I understand why I've been dropped down to the substitutes' bench recently," he told the club's official website.
"I haven't been playing well enough. It's as simple as that.
"But I was happy with my performance against Birmingham and I hope that I can now build upon that going into the New Year."
Stoke have been on a poor run of form of late and have not won in the Premier League for six matches, since beating Portsmouth at home back in November.
The Potters have now slipped into the bottom half of the table despite an excellent start to the season, but Delap insists they will recover.
"We've bounced back from worse, so we'll bounce back from this," he added.
"The Birmingham match really showed what happens when you are on a roll and you get that little bit of luck that can often make all the difference.
"We can't start feeling sorry for ourselves though, just focus on making the chances count when we are playing as well as we did for spells in the Birmingham match."
Stoke have some respite from the league at the weekend when non-league side York travel to the Britannia Stadium in the FA Cup.