DAVID Forde admits Millwall's Boxing Day clash at Watford has taken on even greater significance after Saturday's demoralising defeat to Middlesbrough.
The Lions have not beaten the Hornets at Vicarage Road since 2006 but need to produce an instant response to their woeful display in front of the TV cameras last weekend.
Boro claimed a 2-0 victory at The Den thanks to second-half goals from Emmanuel Ledesma and Albert Adomah – a result which left the home fans furious.
"Given the run of form we had been on at home, to put in a performance like that was very disappointing," Forde said.
"We weren't at it, we weren't good enough and we have got to do better. The manner of the defeat was the most disappointing thing. We were all very poor.
"It's onto to Watford now – a side we have always struggled against in the past, so hopefully we can change that.
"It is a massive game now because all of a sudden we have lost two on the bounce and need to get a win. The pressure is on for that one.
"The only saving grace on Saturday was that the teams below us didn't win so we've still got a buffer zone between us and the relegation zone."