IAN Holloway admits he is unsure what kind of reception will greet him and his players when they return to The Den to face Bournemouth tomorrow.
Lions fans have been outraged by a 6-1 loss to Norwich City on Boxing Day and their mood is unlikely to have improved just 48 hours after defeat at Carrow Road.
But Holloway hopes the crowd will be supportive as his side take on the league leaders.
"What we need is for our fans to be with us and behind us," he said. "But I don't know what they're going to be like until I get to the ground.
"I hope the fans aren't too bad when we come out – let's hope they get behind us instead of criticising because that's not going to help anybody's confidence."
Lee Gregory looks set to return to Millwall's starting XI having started the Norwich game on the bench.
"I've tried to pick two teams – one for Norwich and one for Bournemouth," said Holloway.
"That's why I made three substitutions at the end because we haven't got enough bodies in the right areas.
"That is why Gregory was on the bench. I didn't want to start him and Ricardo Fuller in the same game.
"I was hoping we'd get through the game in half-decent shape, then take Fuller off and put Gregory on.
"With two games in 48 hours, I knew that's going to be tough for one or two of my boys. We haven't got the squad that Norwich have."
Bournemouth are the first opponent that the Lions will play for the second time this season, having drawn 2-2 in the reverse fixture in November.
"Every game is different and we've got to do things a lot better than that, otherwise it won't be very pleasant," Holloway added.
"We drew with Bournemouth a couple of weeks ago having been 2-0 down. That wasn't that long ago so things weren't all wrong then.
"What the Norwich result is going to do [to the players], who knows. But it's certainly not going to help me if I criticise them.
"We can do a lot better than that and we're going to have to. I don't accept that. Did I anticipate that happening? No.
"We've got half the season left to get better than this. Based on our last performance, we're a long way behind where I want us to be and that's the challenge.
"Watching that was horrible but I will be encouraging, working hard and trying to make us better. That's why I came here.
"If it's not happening, let's have a look at the squad and see if we can change it around."
Meanwhile, Holloway has admitted for the first time that the contract uncertainty at the club could be affecting results and performances.
"Next summer we've got 24 out-of-contract and maybe that's starting to worry them," he said.
"They don't know where their futures are or what's happening. Maybe that's too big a thing.
"I would imagine they should play really well to try to get a contract with us or somewhere else. Who knows? You might have to ask some of the players."