ALAN Dunne believes a lack of firepower has cost Millwall their place in the Championship.
The Lions will return to League One in 2015-16 after a five-year stay in the second tier – and Dunne says the problem has been blatantly obvious.
In the past three seasons, Millwall have scored 139 goals in 138 leagues games – effectively an average of just one per game.
They were the division's third-lowest scorers during 2014-15; only Wigan and Blackpool, the two other relegated teams, had worse records.
But while the Lions conceded a whopping 76 times, they also kept as many clean sheets as Watford (15) – who went up to the Premier League.
And Dunne said: "We've not had enough goals in the team over the last three seasons – that's why we are where we are, and there's no avoiding it.
"It's not easy for a club like Millwall to pay someone the money that a top striker demands in this league, but what they are demanding gets you goals.
"To get 15 or 20 goals from someone in the Championship, you have to pay a premium and we haven't had that in the team.
"We could do better in every area but the bottom line in this division is that you need two or three players who can score regularly, not just one.
"We've always relied on one and it hasn't been enough. I've always thought you should build a team from the top and work your way back, and we haven't done that.
"Over the last five or six years, we've kept enough clean sheets to keep us in mid-table.
"Most seasons, we've been in the top six or seven in terms of clean sheets and that should get you into the top half.
"Keeping clean sheets is a team effort, it's not just the back four and the goalkeeper, but as for scoring goals, it's been a problem.
"We haven't had someone to score us ten or 15 goals for a while – when we did, when we had Darius Henderson, Chris Wood and Harry Kane, we were at the other end of the table.
"It's not hard to work out what you need and what's been the problem. The club will have to assess that in the summer.
"It's all about your forward players in the Championship – that's my opinion."
Proven Championship strikers earn the best part of Premier League wages – and the Lions kept to a tight structure despite spending a club-record budget.
But Dunne insists that having one goalscorer on big bucks wouldn't have caused resentment amongst the lower earners in the dressing room.
"Kenny Jackett wasn't sure about that and he didn't what that to happen," the defender added. "Personally, I want to play in a team that wins games.
"There are already players at the club earning nearly three times what I am, so the wages of other players isn't important as long as they are doing a job for the team.
"It's only a problem when a club brings someone in on big money and they're not bothered about the club – they don't care and they're not pulling their weight.
"But if you have the right sort of lad who fits in, scores his goals, earns his money and cares for the team, then every other player would want him around.
"We would all benefit from winning more games."