JIMMY Abdou insists Millwall's players – not manager Steve Lomas – should take the fall for their woeful defensive record.
The Lions' hopes of progressing this season have been undermined by the fact they have let in more goals than any other Championship side – 40 in just 20 games.
Millwall's frailties at the back have proved particularly costly on the road, conceding, on average, 2.5 goals in every single away game.
And given Lomas' side have only been scoring one-a-game on their travels, the statistics tell their own, damning story.
They scored twice at Blackburn Rovers last weekend but still went home empty handed after a 3-2 defeat.
Naturally supporters' frustration and criticism has been directed towards the dugout, but Abdou says Lomas only has so much control over what occurs on the pitch.
"The first thing people do is blame the manager, but he's not on the pitch and he's not the one making defensive errors," Abdou said.
"These are our mistakes and we are the ones conceding goals, so we are responsible.
"If you have made a mistake, you cannot blame anyone else. We are all adults so we must accept that we will be criticised when we do not perform."
The Lions will be looking to respond to their defeat at Ewood Park in Saturday's televised clash with Middlesbrough at The Den.
"Middlesbrough might not be on a good run at the minute but it's going to be tough again for us," Abdou added. "But we are unbeaten in our last seven at home and want to keep our form going. We're confident."