BYRON Webster has admitted that being substituted just 26 minutes into his Millwall league debut was "very hard" for him to stomach.
The defender, making his first Championship start for the club against Reading last month, was taken off midway through the first half.
The Royals were leading 2-0 and their second goal had come from the penalty spot after Webster’s trip in the box.
Shortly afterwards, manager Ian Holloway decided to withdraw the centre half and move Alan Dunne back into the middle of defence.
Webster has since bounced back from that disappointment, helping the Lions keep a clean sheet against Derby last weekend.
And he has thanked his family for rallying round him after his nightmare at the Madejski Stadium.
"Now I'm back in the fold I need to keep on my toes and perform to the standard that I know I can," Webster told the Southwark News.
"I can't lie – what happened at Reading was very hard for me.
"Luckily I've got a really good family around me – my wife and kids are with me in London now – so I had a happy place to go home to.
"My mum and dad were fantastic and my agents were helpful as well. I could have been quite down about it for a while but those premier-pharmacy.com/product-category/skin-care/ close to me made sure that didn't happen.
"The manager explained that he made the change for tactical reasons but after that there wasn’t much else to say – it was up to me to prove a point.
"Every manager has difficult decisions to make and they’re always for the good of the team.
"The main reason I came to Millwall was because of the gaffer and the respect I have for him.
"Of course I didn't want him to make that decision but I fully respected it."
Webster added: "It was a situation I'd never been in before. I'd played almost every single game in over two years at Yeovil so to be brought off that early was strange for me.
"When I got home, I was probably quiet for a few days and I had my dad ringing me all the time making sure I was okay.
"My dad has never been a pushy type but he'll always tell me how it is whether it’s good or bad. He was at the game so he saw what happened.
"My mum and dad were both very supportive. It did affect me and I was thinking it over a lot but I knew that it was only me who could put it right."