SCOTT Malone believes that his heated exchange of words with Millwall fans at Barnsley shows how much he cares.
Malone was criticised by supporters on social media for lashing out at the away end during the latter stages of last weekend's 1-0 defeat.
The left back has admitted that his frustration at the result got the better of him and that he "lost control" of his emotions.
But the 22-year-old does not want his outburst to be misinterpreted as a sign of disrespect.
He told the Southwark News: "It was purely frustration. I was chasing the ball down but I couldn't quite get there and I ran it out of play for a goal kick.
"I was frustrated about that because it was a chance for us to get the ball into the box.
"When you're that close to the stand you can hear some of the abuse being shouted at you and I lashed out – at myself more than the fans, to be honest.
"But I shouldn't have said what I said because the fans spend a lot of money supporting us and they have the right to voice their opinions.
"I was wrapped up in the game and my frustration got the better of me.
"But it also shows that I care. I care a lot about the club and I hope that shows in all of my performances. I give everything for the cause and keep running.
"I desperately want to stay up because nobody wants a relegation on their CV. It's been my breakthrough season and I don't want to remember it as the year we went down.
"I really want this to be the start of something good at Millwall with a new manager and a new team, so we have to stay up.
"I lost control at Barnsley but that was only because it means so much to me."
Fans on Twitter also complained that striker Steve Morison mouthed off to the terraces, but manager Ian Holloway was not aware of the incidents.
Holloway said: "I didn't know about that. If I had known about that, I would have definitely said something to them.
"At the end of the day, we are all in this together and the players and the fans are as upset as each other.
"But our players should never react to the fans – we get back to work and get them back on side with our next performance.
"They were upset because we fizzled out – we made some bad errors and we went forward too early – but I'll certainly never argue with our supporters."
Millwall look to make amends for their shock defeat at Oakwell when they host Brighton on Saturday – and Malone insists the fans' support will be vital.
He added: "We need them to get right behind us, make as much noise as possible but also to be patient as well.
"It is up to us to go 1-0 up rather than keep falling behind. If we can get in front, I think we can start controlling games with our passing.
"We're at The Den and that's an advantage for us.
"It is going to be a footballing game – Brighton play a passing style and we are trying to do things the right way under the new manager. It should be a good game."