Portsmouth captain Dejan Stefanovic is seeking talks with Tony Adams after the Pompey assistant-manager criticised his recent performances in the media.
Former Arsenal stalwart Adams is Harry Redknapp's number two at Fratton Park, but claimed the Serbia defender was at fault for a glut of goals recently conceded by the south coast club.
And Stefanovic, who is playing through the pain of a knee ligament injury, has reacted angrily to the suggestions.
He said: "Tony should not say these things. Some people would be out for six weeks with my injury but I'm playing because the club needs me.
"I will look to speak to Tony about this. It's serious. I expect better.
"I'm an honest person and I'm not happy to read these things. Tony knows I'm playing with an injury and should have kept this inside the club.
"I'm angry about it. If he is going to talk about mistakes for goals, why doesn't he do it for every goal we've conceded this season?"