Brentford FC's Glenn Poole is looking forward to facing 'wounded animals' Chesterfield on Saturday.
The 27-year-old has apologised for his angry reaction to being substituted in last weekend's 1-1 home draw with Lincoln City. But Poole, who has been subbed for five of the last six games, insists it was out of character.
He said: "I want to be on the pitch every minute of every game. That's just the way I am. I shouldn't have reacted the way I did, but I've had a tough week.
"My grandad is in hospital, and it all got on top of me a little bit. He had a mini heart attack last week, and sometimes there's things more important than football.
"I'm not making excuses, and maybe I should've been more professional. But I really care about this football club."
The former Spurs trainee is Brentford's joint leading scorer this season with three goals after bagging the golden boot last campaign, despite playing on the wing.
But he reckons he can get even better this term.
He said: "I'm pleased with my own form. But I think there's still a lot more to come.
"I've upped my game from last year, and to score three goals has been pleasing. I just want to kick on and do better."
Poole knows Saturday's trip to Chesterfield will be Brentford's toughest examination yet of their seven-game unbeaten run, despite the Spirites' 2-1 defeat at Rochdale on Saturday.
But despite it being a tricky away day, Poole reckons the Bees prefer them to games like last Saturday's, when Lincoln came to Griffin Park and spent most of the second-half time-wasting.
He added: "Chesterfield's going to be a tough game, but it's crucial at this stage to keep the momentum going.
"They've added to their squad this year, but there's nothing like a wounded animal. We're going to go there full of confidence, and I think our style of play suits us better away from home."