ALAN Dunne has called on Millwall's players to take the heat off under-fire manager Ian Holloway.
Holloway admitted that he is "not popular with the fans" after the Lions were beaten 3-0 by Middlesbrough on Tuesday, a result which keeps them six points adrift of safety.
The Millwall boss is facing calls from the terraces to step down but yesterday received the backing of chairman John Berylson.
And Dunne insists the 51-year-old is not to blame for the club's plight – claiming not even Chelsea's Jose Mourinho would be able to cope with the Lions’ injury list.
"Holloway is a fantastic manager and I honestly believe that if Mourinho came in tomorrow, it wouldn't make the slightest bit of difference," said the defender.
"It's not the manager. We as players aren't doing it enough. Holloway could go tomorrow and it wouldn't make a difference because we're missing key players through injury.
"The manager isn't working with the squad that he put together.
"I feel sorry for the chairman because he's put a lot of money into buying new players and half of them aren't even available.
"We've got quite a few injuries at the moment and that's really hurting us.
"If we can get a few of those players in back in time, it will strengthen the squad because we haven't got enough depth at the moment.
"If you look at our bench on Tuesday, we're missing some important players. A club like Millwall can't complete at this level without a full squad.
"Nicky Bailey is a big player and we miss him. Stefan Maierhofer can cause a bit of carnage up front and there's Paris Cowan-Hall who we haven't seen anything of.
"Shaun Cummings is a loss at right back because Jimmy Abdou is being asked to play out-of-position.
"Lee Martin can create chances whether he starts or comes off the bench, and he's out. We've been unlucky with injuries. It's very hard to deal with that.
"But the players have got to take responsibility as well. The manager is having a difficult season and has had to make a lot of changes to the squad.
"I don't blame the manager – the players have to take a look at themselves.
"Everyone is trying and giving 100 percent, including the manager, and just because you lose 3-0 it doesn't mean you're not giving your all.
"We've got to stay together and keep our team spirit.
"The manager is doing all he can and we feel like we owe him because we haven't been anywhere near the level that we should've been at this year.
"Everyone is giving their all but it's not good enough at the moment."