Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey has echoed his manager's criticism of his international team-mates following his return to the Wales squad.
The 20-year-old, who has five caps, missed the Euro 2008 qualifiers in Cyprus last month with a hip injury - when Wales lost 3-1 - and the 2-1 win over San Marino that did little to stem the opprobrium heaped on the national side.
Coach John Toshack branded the display in Nicosia as "possibly the worst performance in Wales' history" and questioned his squad's motivation only to see them respond in tepid fashion against the group D minnows.
Having returned to the set-up ahead of Saturday's meaningless match against the Republic of Ireland in Cardiff, Hennessey backed Toshack's stance and said the team still had much to prove.
"I was absolutely gutted to miss the last two games," Anglesey-born Hennessey said. "And then seeing the performances and the results, it was devastating. From a player's point of view, the performances could have been better and a lot of them went out there and didn't really do the job.
"I agree with a bit of Tosh's comments as I was watching back home and saying 'come on' so what he said is understandable. The players have now taken it on board, though, and the training this week was really good, really sharp and everyone was on form.
"It was good to see and maybe the lads have had questions themselves and had a little word with each other."
Wales were even barracked by their own fans in their last game in San Marino and Hennessey says they must win back the nation with a decent display against the Irish even though neither have a chance of qualifying.
"I didn't realise how bad the abuse from our supporters was in San Marino," he added. "The players were a little shocked by the reaction but if you're not playing well people are going to turn on you. I thought I could make the second game in San Marino but the physio at Wolves wouldn't let me come so I just got treated there.
"I'm itching to get back though on Saturday when we've got to put it right."
Meanwhile, back at Molineux, Wolves have lost academy manager Chris Evans who has joined Bolton Wanderers as first-team assistant.
Evans had been at Wolves since 1990 and was rumoured to be in the running to succeed Glenn Hoddle. He joins Colin Harvey at Bolton as former West Bromwich Albion manager Gary Megson continues his shake-up of the Reebok staff.
Also leaving the club, albeit temporarily, is teenage defender Lee Collins who has joined Hereford United on a month's loan.
The 19-year-old, who can play at full back or centre back, has not yet appeared for Wolves' first team, although he has been an unused substitute.
Meanwhile, Wolves were far too strong for Bradford City reserves after rattling up a 5-0 win at Telford last night.
Liam Hughes opened the scoring after only four minutes when City keeper Ben Saynor had failed to hang on to a Stephen Elliott effort.
Elliott, making his comeback after a month out with a hamstring injury, netted after 24 minutes with a long-range dipping shot.
Substitute Ashley Hemmings nodded the third just before the hour and Hughes struck again in the 77th minute. Midfielder Mark Davies, who completed his first 90 minutes of the season, wrapped things up in stoppage time.