ALAN Dunne called for cool heads after Millwall lost back-to-back league games for the first time since March.
The Lions were edged out in a five-goal thriller with Reading on Tuesday night – despite fighting back from 2-0 down to equalise.
Simon Cox's late winner condemned Ian Holloway's side to their third loss in four league fixtures but Dunne insists the Millwall boss has his side "on the right track".
"It's still early in the season," the captain said.
"We were like this in a couple of games last year before we started winning – the pattern was similar.
"We lost a few games that we should never have lost and then all of a sudden we went on a run and started to get what we deserved.
"As disappointing as it was, I feel that we will be strong in this league if we can eradicate these silly goals.
"We dominated Reading with the ball and they were wasting time just to get a draw. We were going for the win and we got too emotional.
"Sometimes we're so passionate about winning and doing well for the manager that we try too hard and it backfires on us.
"We need to make sure we're constantly sticking to our structure and thinking clearly. That's down to a bit of naivety in our play.
"Everyone wants to do well and win but we can't over-commit because the ball will end up in the back of our net. It's a fine line and we're trying to get on the right side of it."
Despite the 3-2 scoreline, Holloway claimed afterwards that Millwall's performance at the Madejski Stadium was one of the best of his managerial reign so far.
"He was proud that we came back after the start we had," Dunne added.
"He told us to believe in ourselves and believe that we're a very good side. He told us to look at ourselves to see how far we've come and improved.
"It's disappointing not to see it through but a lot of our play was excellent. Reading's players would say themselves that they got dominated.
"Ollie's got us on the right track and there are little things we can work on, but I'm confident we can compete with any team in this league. It's not drastic or time to panic."