Brentford captain Harlee Dean admitted that his play-acting in the 2-0 win over Brighton was 'embarrassing' for him.
The centre back went down theatrically after Tomer Hemed ran into him just before the break and resulted in the Seagulls striker being booked.
Dean doesn't know why he did it but he expressed regret after the game and is not something he intends to repeat.
He said: “It's modern-day football. I had an incident in the first half with Hemed when I went down. It was embarrassing for me, falling on the floor as a six foot three centre half.
“That is the way the game is played now and I'm disappointed in myself but it's something that's got to go out of the game. I don't know why I did it.”
The Bees man got up and got on with it which, while commendable, could have saved the Seagulls man from making an early walk back to the changing room.
Dean wouldn't condone a team-mate for milking the situation, given his words above, but knows that it has to be done in order to win.
He added: “You're playing the game. It's six of one, half a dozen of the other. It's part of football. You've got to win in any way you can.”
Dean was also involved in an incident where Elvis Manu was booked for diving and he believes that, while there was contact, the Seagulls man was too quick to go down.
He explained: “I think it could have gone either way. He made it a bit theatrical. There wasn't contact in the feet but I put an arm into his chest.
“He could have stayed up and if he could get the ball he would have so he's tried to con the ref and I think he made the right decision.”