JACK Smith apologised to the 232 Millwall fans that travelled to see their side lose 3-0 at Huddersfield Town, admitting there were "no excuses" for the performance.
The Lions, who have now played seven games in 22 days, looked lacklustre and lethargic against the Terriers on Saturday and fell tamely to defeat.
But Smith refused to attribute the visitors' poor showing to their hectic fixture schedule – a result of the club's run to the FA Cup semi-finals earlier this month.
"They played in midweek as well, so we can't use that as an excuse," he said. "It is well-documented that we've played a lot recently but we're not playing many more games than anyone else.
"There have been one or two extra because of the cup run but we wouldn't swap that for anything. We know it wasn't good enough – we can only apologise and move onto the next game.
"We didn't defend or attack well as a team. It was a poor performance. We gave poor goals away."
But after other results went their way, Millwall can secure their Championship status with victory at The Den against Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday and Smith is keen to move on quickly.
The 29-year-old, who has become a regular in Kenny Jackett's midfield, admits he has never known the division to be so competitive and, as a result, is genuinely concerned about relegation.
"It does get spoken about," he said. "From where we were at the turn of the year, in the top six, it's not been a great run in the second half of the season.
"Things have picked up recently but it goes to show how mad the league is that we've got 55 points with four games left and we're still looking over our shoulders.
"Every week the points total we'll need goes up and up – first it was 51, then I thought maybe 53 and now it looks like we could need 58. The gap from the top six to the bottom six is so small.
"If we'd won one or two more games, we would be in touching distance of the play-offs. Everything is so tight and the teams are all pretty similar. It's mad.
"We've got to stick together and focus on Blackburn because three more points and we'd be safe."