DANY N’Guessan has asked Millwall fans to give him a second chance.
N’Guessan incurred the wrath of The Den faithful last season when he stormed down the tunnel after being substituted against Crystal Palace – only 15 minutes after coming on.
The 25-year-old was subsequently criticised by former boss Kenny Jackett, who questioned his "passion" and commitment to the cause.
N'Guessan received a mixed reception from Lions supporters when he came on in Paul Robinson's testimonial match against Rayo Vallecano last Saturday.
But the Frenchman believes the "full story" behind his disastrous cameo against the Eagles has never come out – and that he has been harshly treated as a result.
He said: "Nobody outside of the club really knows the full story – and you could tell by the way the fans reacted that was the case.
"We were in trouble, we needed points but I had been injured for two weeks with a knee problem. By the Palace game, it was feeling better but I wasn't 100 per cent fit.
"The manager phoned me on the Sunday night before the game to ask me how I was. I told him I wasn't fully fit but that if he needed me to do a job for the team, I would. Kenny thought I could make it through 15 minutes or half an hour, so I said, 'okay, that’s fine.'
"So he brought me on but after my second touch I felt a sharp pain in my knee. I think Kenny could see straight away that I wasn't fit, even though I told him that beforehand.
"It wasn't my best performance but that’s understandable when I was not fit. It was very disappointing when he took me off, because it made me look bad. I was hurting.
"Taking me off like that was embarrassing for me, so I wanted Kenny to feel the same. Things between Kenny and me had been bad since I asked to join Charlton last summer.
"To be honest, he treated me like rubbish. When I look back, I wish I had walked off the pitch a little bit quicker, but at the time all that was going through my head was the fact that people didn't know what had actually happened.
"I don't feel sorry for myself because it can happen to any player – like Fernando Torres at Chelsea. Now I need to make a fresh start."
N’Guessan knows he faces an uphill battle to win the fans over again – but he is determined to give it his best shot.
"I'm sorry if I offended anyone but nobody would like to be treated like that," he said. "It's hard for me at the moment but I hope the fans give me a second chance to show them what I can do. I will fight for my place in the team. I can't force the fans to give me a second chance but I will stay strong.
"Kenny's gone now and it's a fresh year with a new manager, so I'll keep working hard and stay focused on getting into the team.
"Steve Lomas has spoken to me a lot since he came in. I haven't played much in the last couple of years so it's been important for me getting my fitness back in pre-season games. I'm happy and I'm still under contract here – at the end of the day it's not all about me."