Andy Peaks admitted he had “a few choice words” for his AFC Rushden & Diamonds players during half-time before watching them battle back for a 2-1 success at Bedford Town yesterday (Saturday).
Going into the game on the back of two defeats in a row, Diamonds trailed at the break after Afolobi Obefemi had given Bedford the lead after 19 minutes.
But Diamonds were much-improved after the break and they levelled thanks to an own-goal before top scorer Tommy Berwick volleyed home the winner on 66 minutes.
With Chalfont St Peter snatching a late 3-2 victory over Ware, it means Diamonds remain three points behind the leaders with two games in hand.
But Peaks was just happy to see his team get back on track.
“I am really pleased because it was tough after two defeats when good performances brought us no points,” the Diamonds manager said.
“We didn’t play well in the first half and I wasn’t particularly happy at half-time because the level of performance wasn’t up to the standard that I expect.
“There were a few choice words from me and Lamby (assistant-manager Paul Lamb) and that’s not something we have had to do very often.
“But they gave us a reaction. They upped the tempo, they won the ball back quickly and they got the win.
“We are still in a fantastic position and it was important to bounce back after the two defeats. “Those are probably the most important three points of the season so far for us.”
Diamonds are back in action next Saturday when their first game of 2016 sees them take on Arlesey Town at the Dog & Duck.