James Jepson believes the “home truths” which were delivered to Kettering Town at half-time hit the mark as they battled back for a draw at Aylesbury United.
The Poppies found themselves 2-0 down inside the first 20 minutes before a tactical switch, which saw Andy Gooding replace Andy Hall, and a goal from Josh Moreman just before the break got them back into it.
Kettering were much-improved in the second half and midfielder Jepson curled home a magnificent free-kick to earn them a deserved share of the spoils.
The Poppies’ first draw in 44 competitive matches turned into a very useful point as they moved five clear at the top of the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central after their nearest rivals Aylesbury were beaten at Royston Town.
And Jepson revealed there were some choice words in the away dressing-room at the interval on Saturday.
“The management weren’t happy at half-time but we weren’t happy with ourselves,” he said.
“You could have pointed fingers at people for the goals they scored but because we are unit, we sat down at half-time to sort it out.
“There were a few home truths that were needed and we have managed to get a point and keep a gap at the top. In the end, it wasn’t a bad afternoon.
“I thought Andy Gooding was excellent when he came on, he made the difference in my opinion.
“The change of shape helped us and I always thought we would get something out of it.”
As far as the point-saving free-kick was concerned, Jepson was in modest mood.
He added: “My old man has been having a go at me for not striking them properly.
“I caught that one nicely and it was good it went in.
“But more importantly, we have got a point and things worked out for us.”