KENNY Jackett believes Millwall have been so anxious to win every game at home this season that they have ended up losing most of them.
The Lions have been beaten on their own patch ten times this campaign – the latest a 2-1 reverse to Blackburn Rovers in midweek.
And Jackett says his side have often been punished for being too eager at crucial stages of matches, citing impatience as a major factor in several of their defeats.
He told NewsAtDen: "I think it is to do with the latter stages of games when we open ourselves up. If the score is 1-1 after 60 minutes, you shouldn't be worried about that as the home side.
"Obviously you would much rather be out of sight by that stage, but that is unlikely to be the case in the Championship. As one of the smaller clubs, we want to keep games close.
"At what stage can we say that we're happy with it being close with the rest of the game still to play? It's those situations that we haven't exploited.
"We've been in games at home but lost them in the latter stages rather than won them.
"I think we have a problem with coming from behind the ball. At times, even with a defensive set up, we open ourselves up and our back players are looking to take risks they shouldn't.
"To some degree we need stronger substitutes in the forward positions that can win us games, but I feel we need a more patient approach in the final 30 minutes.
"A lot of games we have lost 2-1 but if we'd been a little bit more patient, got the ball wide instead of forward and worked our way around the back of sides, they could have been wins.
"We vacate the midfield area too quickly, particularly when we're anxious to win, and defenders and midfielders run out of shape and we concede goals.
"There have been times when we should have accepted a draw. A high number of our home losses really should have been draws. Quite often we go chasing a win and we lose."
Scoring goals has been a big problem since the turn of the year – both home and away – but Jackett says his forwards are not solely to blame.
"There's a process to scoring," he said. "We need a greater control of the midfield area – that's a fact in this division. If we can get that control, that will lead to more goals.
"There's a focus on goalscoring at most clubs and supporters do identify with their strikers. It's a big interest and rightly so. But for me there needs to be more flow through our midfield."