David Healy admits he allowed his standards to drop at Sunderland before securing a loan move to Ipswich Town.
The Northern Ireland striker had endured a frustrating season at the Stadium of Light, making just seven substitute appearances before linking up with Ipswich.
Healy concedes that, knowing he was unlikely to figure regularly for the Black Cats, he failed to live up to the standards he set for himself.
"When I was training with Sunderland this season I knew deep down that I wasn't going to play," said Healy.
"It's easy to let your standards drop in those circumstances although I shouldn't have let it happen. I let myself down a little bit, but I'd been out in the cold for so long."
The former Manchester United youngster scored his first goal for Ipswich when coming off the bench to net the equaliser in the midweek 1-1 draw at Scunthorpe.
He added: "The manager said our substitutes could make an impact at Scunthorpe and although my goal did not prove to be a winner it was worth a deserved point."