Sheffield United defender Leigh Bromby admits he needs to wise up to The Premiership after failing to go down in the penalty area last time out.
Bromby was fouled by Everton's James McFadden during the 2-0 defeat at Goodison Park but stayed on his feet in an attempt to get a shot away.
Blades boss Neil Warnock felt referee Dermot Gallagher should have awarded a penalty anyway but Bromby is taking some of the blame and is vowing to learn from the experience.
"With adrenaline pumping you do stay up. I didn't think he had touched me heavily enough to go down," he said.
"It is not in my game to go down in a situation like that but it probably did look worse on TV really.
"I had loads of texts from friends on Saturday night saying to me 'You should have gone down' but even after the game I didn't think about it.
"I'm not particularly used to getting into those positions and maybe a forward would have gone down. Maybe next time I will go down.
"I think you have to be a bit more cute, especially at this level, and that has been mentioned a lot over the weekend. But what goes around comes around."
The 26-year-old will make his 99th appearance for United this Saturday in what is likely to be his biggest test to date.
United host Chelsea at Bramall Lane and Bromby is putting in extra preparation ahead of the game.
"You get punished in this league for mistakes. Top quality players can score at any time. That is what they are paid for," he added.
"I'll be watching DVDs on who I think I will be playing against and you have to take on as much you can to try to stop those players.
"When you come up against world-class players it is an extra level and I am still thinking 'can I play at this level' so you are testing yourself and it is a difficult position to be in."