DAVID Forde believes referees are so determined to be "strong" when they take charge of games at The Den that their decisions are biased against Millwall.
The Lions' 1-0 defeat to Brighton on Saturday was the result of a highly-contentious penalty – the eighth spot kick that has been awarded against the South Londoners this season.
And after the game Forde joined manager Ian Holloway in criticising Durham official Geoff Eltringham, who adjudged that Danny Shittu had bundled over Jesse Lingard inside the area.
The goalkeeper feels referees are influenced before they arrive in SE16 by their expectation of an intimidating atmosphere and a determination to be fair to the away side.
He said: "People think you are paranoid when you talk about Millwall and referees.
"But they come to The Den and they are told it is quite a hard place to referee and they end up going the other way.
"I think it is premeditated and their decisions are influenced before they even get here."
Forde added: "I think it was a very soft penalty.
"I didn't see any of their players appeal for it. I think he has had a bad touch, it has gone out of play, he has slowed down and Danny ran into the back of him.
"Then he has just given that really soft penalty. The referee was very poor.
"We can be very bitter I suppose but that's the way it has been going the last few weeks.
"We are not getting that lucky break and that is what happens when you are at the bottom – you don't get those decisions.
"We are playing very well and I thought we were the better side again. It is hard when teams come here, they score, they sit back and we struggle to break them down.
"Jermaine Easter had a great chance to equalise but the defender deflected it onto the bar. I think if one goes in there is only one team that is going to win.
"But fair play to Brighton, I think they have had the most clean sheets this year so that has been the story of their success.
"They've been scoring the odd goal and keeping a lot of clean sheets."
Forde added that Millwall's players took heart from the backing of the home fans despite another defeat.
"At Millwall you can tell by the crowd reaction," he said. "They stood up after the game and gave us a good reception afterwards which is a good indicator here.
"If you're not putting it in and the work-rate isn't correct they are the first to let you know. They saw the lads' application, the way we applied ourselves and the shift we put in.
"The manager has instilled a lot into the team and we are getting there. We are nearly there and some team is going to be on the end of a big win one day.
"We've just got to keep persevering but we still have a lot of belief we will be okay."