Gary Mills was pleased to see his Corby Town players respond well to a half-time dressing down as they produced a stunning fightback to claim three more priceless points at Steel Park.
A lacklustre first-half display left the Steelmen trailing 1-0 to Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division relegation rivals Sutton Coldfield Town at the break.
But whatever was said in the home dressing-room had an incredible effect as Corby hit five second-half goals to complete a 5-1 victory, which moved them out of the relegation zone on goal difference.
Northampton Town loanee Joe Iaciofano scored twice while substitutes Connor Kennedy and Spencer Weir-Daley were also on target before Aaron Brown rounded things off with a stoppage-time header.
Mills described his team’s first-half display as “woeful” but praised the Steelmen players for their response after he’d given them his thoughts at the break.
““The lads need to take some credit for the second-half performance, they were left in no uncertain terms what is expected of them,” the Corby manager said.
“In the first half we were woeful, back to what we were producing four or five months ago.
“Unacceptable, inept, no desire to get close to people and I had to tell the lads in no uncertain terms at half-time that it just wasn’t acceptable.
“Thankfully, in the second half they went out there and had a real good go.
“I said to them at half-time ‘you have got 10 minutes to prove to me and everyone that you want to be out there and stay on the pitch’.
“From the kick-off they were at it, on the front foot, playing nice and aggressively. The second half is what we are about. The substitutes came on and they affected the game, they worked well and they added something to the game.
“We can’t play at 60 per cent. We have to be at 100 per cent, in people’s faces, playing with aggression, playing with desire and we are not a bad team when we play like that.
“Playing at 60 or 50 per cent and thinking we are better than what we are, that’s not us.”
The Steelmen now sit in 19th place on goal difference but are level on points with Halesowen Town and Frickley Athletic, who are now in the relegation zone.
Corby have no midweek action before they head to Barwell next weekend.