GEORGE Saville insisted Millwall would not get too downhearted after their 1-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
Billy Davies' side returned to the Midlands with all three points after Greg Halford's early header and left the Lions just a point above the relegation zone heading into the final week of the season.
But Saville, on loan from Chelsea, felt there were positives to take into Tuesday's clash against rivals Crystal Palace at The Den.
"It is a very big derby," he said. "We need a point or a win to stay in this division so it is a huge game for the club. The players and the staff will need the fans to get right behind us.
"To lose to Forest was disappointing but I thought we battled hard and stuck together. We showed a lot of grit and determination but it just wasn't our day to find a goal.
"There was a lot of frustration in the dressing room afterwards that we did not get something out of the game but the gaffer told us to keep going and it will come."
Saville played 79 minutes against Forest after being handed only his second senior start and the 19-year-old is hoping to keep his place in the side against Palace and Derby County next weekend.
"I've just got to keep doing what I have been in training," he said. "I am confident in my ability. I was pleased that the gaffer put me out there but it's a shame we didn't get the win.
"I've played a few positions. I see myself as a box-to-box midfielder but I've been playing in the hole behind the striker in training to create a few things and cause a few problems."