ALAN Dunne reckons Diego Fabbrini is fast becoming a fans' favourite after his virtuoso performance inspired Millwall to victory over Nottingham Forest.
The Italian playmaker was at the heart of the Lions' best moves as they claimed a deserved three points at the City Ground thanks to Ricardo Fuller's late winner.
Fabbrini, whose name was sung throughout by the 682 Millwall supporters at the game, caused Forest all sorts of problems with his quick feet and direct running.
Lions fans aren't used to seeing such flair but Dunne explained why the Watford loanee's choice of footwear makes him fit right in at The Den.
Dunne said: "I've never seen someone with his ability wearing plain black boots! You'd think he'd have a green, pink or orange pair.
"He's got the same boots that me and Tony Craig used to wear in our youth team days – they're addidas World Cups and defenders usually wear them!
"That shows you the sort of person he is and he's slotted straight in with the lads. He's what we needed – someone who can carry the ball.
"It's easy to pass it and move but you need someone to carry the ball. The best teams have that quality and we've found someone like that.
"He's a hardworking lad and it looks like he could be a Millwall fans' favourite. They were singing his name. He caused Forest lots of problems when he got on the ball."
Fabbrini's English isn't the best but that hasn't prevented him from bonding with his new teammates.
"His two phrases to me have been 'good morning' and 'my friend' – that's all I've heard from him so far," said Dunne. "At least I know he's a friend!
"He's a great addition and the club have done really well to get him."
The arrival of Fabbrini, as well as Southampton loanee Jos Hooiveld, has given Lions fans a major lift.
"It's all about energy," added Dunne. "The fans feed off the body language of the players.
"There was a really good chemistry between the team and the fans on Saturday, and that's massive for us.
"With a couple of fresh faces coming in, and Fabbrini with his tricks and Hooiveld with his aggression, the fans like that.
"Shaun Williams was fantastic as well. We missed him during his suspension because he's a big player for us. Everyone can take credit from Saturday.
"Mark Beevers did really well too at left back and that's another clean sheet. The back four looked solid and everyone's spirits are up."
Manager Ian Holloway believes the improving atmosphere in the dressing room is down to the changes he has made during the January transfer window.
Seven players have left the club while others have been told they won't be offered extensions to their existing deals.
"He's had to move his plans for the summer forward," said Dunne.
"Nobody likes to see anyone being told that they're not getting a contract – it's difficult because we're all friends and we're all in it together.
"But football is a ruthless business and sometimes things have got to be said and decisions have got to be made. It's one of the hardest things a manager has to do.
"It's not easy to make decisions about people's careers and livelihoods."