MILLWALL boss Neil Harris revealed club captain Tony Craig made his feelings known to the squad after the 2-1 FA Cup defeat to Wycombe.
Harris was very critical of his team's performance against the League Two side, publicly questioning their attitude after Michael Harriman's shock late winner at The Den last Saturday.
The squad was brought back into the training ground the following day for a meeting in which management and players had their say and Harris re-emphasised the standards he expects of them.
Harris said he was "delighted" with the response of the side in the 2-0 win over Southend in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy on Tuesday night.
Craig is still on crutches and in a knee brace after suffering a serious injury against Bradford in October and he is expected to be out for most if not all of the rest of the season.
Experienced striker Steve Morison is wearing the armband in Craig's absence, but Harris stressed the defender's input is still crucial to the spirit of the squad.
"He's club captain and he's more entitled to an opinion in the dressing room than any other player," Harris said. "Steve wears the armband during the week but Tony's the club captain and that's not just a Saturday three-to-five role.
"That's the link between the management and the players. With the respect he holds in the dressing room he's entitled to his opinion all the time."