Aiden McGeady claims Republic of Ireland were feeling jaded against Hungary - less than a week before the start of Euro 2012.
The Republic were fortunate to hold Hungary to a 0-0 draw in a disappointing performance in Budapest on Monday night.
And with their Group C opener against Croatia coming up on Sunday, it has left Giovanni Trapattoni considering late changes to his team.
But McGeady believes the key to improving their fortunes could be as simple as taking things a little easier on the training ground.
"The training has been of such a high intensity a lot of players feel a bit jaded tonight," the 26-year-old winger told Sky Sports News after the game.
"A lot of players were saying that at half-time - that they were feeling a bit sluggish on their feet.
"I think that was the overwhelming factor in the first half.
"Second half we picked up a bit but maybe we need to take it a bit easier in training I think."