JON Worthington has admitted Huddersfield Town have under-performed this season but denied the players lacked passion or commitment.
Skipper Worthington was speaking after chairman Ken Davy called for a dramatic improvement from his side.
With attendances in the last two matches the lowest since the Galpharm Stadium opened in 1994, the Terriers need to win back the supporters.
Davy went on the attack ahead of Tuesday's 2-1 home win over Brighton and midfielder Worthington said: "The chairman is entitled to say whatever he feels.
"Speaking for myself I never play without passion, enthusiasm and commitment and that is not a question I have to answer."
Before the Brighton game, Huddersfield had lost five of the last six matches and Worthington said: "After the last few games there was no doubt we had to pick it up but we did that on Tuesday night.
"In previous games we have under-performed but I don't believe that was down to any lack of passion or commitment from the players. Sometimes it just does not go for you."
Huddersfield go to Bristol Rovers tomorrow looking for a positive end to the season.
"Results have been inconsistent for us this season and that's why we are where we are in the table," said Worthington.
"We had a couple of runs where we had four or five results together but we needed more. It has been a frustrating season."
The fans obviously agree with that sentiment. Less than 8,000 turned out to see Huddersfield go down 2-1 in stoppage-time against Southend on Saturday. Then just 6,004 – the lowest ever league crowd at the Galpharm – came through the turnstiles against Brighton.
Worthington said: "It was always going to be a low crowd on Tuesday after we lost on Saturday. It is disappointing but the fans pay their money. We would love the place to be packed."
The Terriers could have expected a bumper crowd and a brilliant atmosphere on Easter Tuesday had the Leeds fixture not been postponed due to international call-ups.
"We have had a very busy month with two games a week because of our FA Cup run so maybe it's no bad thing we get a bit of a break," said Worthington.
"Having said that the Leeds game is always one to look forward to and could have reignited the passion of the fans."
Left-back Robbie Williams, rested on Tuesday after picking up a foot injury in training, may miss out again while Andy Holdsworth, who went off with a groin niggle, is a doubt.
Centre-back David Mirfin (back) is also sidelined and striker Andy Booth has a foot injury.
Boss Andy Ritchie said: "We will have to see who is fit. We are down to the bare bones and we could have a very young bench."
Huddersfield Town (from): Glennon, Sinclair, N Clarke, Page, Williams, Kamara, Holdsworth, Collins, Worthington, Brandon, Booth, Beckett, Skarz, Young, Berrett, Hardy, Akins, Racchi, Smithies.