Swansea top scorer Lee Trundle says he deserved to be dropped to the bench for last Saturday's league match at Oldham.
Trundle has scored only three goals in his last 19 league games
Trundle said his performance in the home defeat to Rotherham two days earlier was his worst of the season.
"I felt tired and lethargic. In the second-half especially, I didn't feel I had the energy or the power to go past anyone," Trundle told the Evening Post.
"I spoke with the gaffer after the game and, while you want to play every week, I think it was good he left me out."
Trundle has scored 20 League One goals this season, but 17 of those came before mid-November.
Swansea desperately need the 29-year-old to rediscover his early-season form as they aim for the two victories that should guarantee a play-off spot.
"We've got two games to get a play-off place so we've got to put points on the board," said Trundle, who expects to be in the staring line-up to face Southend at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.
"'We can do it - we've proved before that we can beat anyone - and our fans can play a massive part.
"I could understand their frustration during the Rotherham game. We should be beating sides like that and all the lads know it.
"But in these last two games we've all got to be together. If the fans are with us it lifts the lads.'"