Coventry City manager Mark Robins felt his side put in a decent performance in their 2-0 defeat away to Sheffield United on Wednesday night.
Robins told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire; "It was a decent performance but we just ran out of legs.
"I think it's difficult playing after the cup final on Sunday.
"The exertions, the emotions, the fatigue.
"Sheffield United wouldn't move the game but that is to be expected because they wanted the advantage.
"But my players gave me a 100% and that is all I can ask.
"George Thomas is struggling with his calf, Kyel Reid is struggling with his hamstring, Ben Stevenson has got an issue with his calf and Jordan Willis is struggling with his thigh.
"The last couple of days have been difficult because I haven't been able to work on anything, it has been all recovery.
"We needed to makes some changes and I thought it worked well in the game all the way to 70 minutes, but then you could see we started to wobble and the legs started to give a little bit.
"Sheffield United have been in this division for a while but they've built, and now it looks like they're getting out, and good luck to them.
"For us it's a case of concentrating on the last five games and trying to continually improve."