Andy Peaks got just the reaction he was after from his AFC Rushden & Diamonds players on Tuesday night.
The Diamonds boss was disappointed with his team’s display as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Southern League Division One Central strugglers Histon in the preliminary round of the FA Trophy at the Dog & Duck.
It meant an extra game and a short trip to Cambridgeshire in midweek.
There, Peaks laid down the gauntlet to his squad to “put things right” and the message clearly hit home as Diamonds hammered the Stutes 6-1 with Taylor Orosz and Tom Lorraine both scoring twice while Nabil Shariff and Jake Newman added the others.
And, even though Histon’s struggles this season have been well documented, Peaks felt the performance his team turned in on Tuesday would have been good enough to see most at the same level.
“It was pretty much a perfect performance and a perfect reaction to Saturday,” the Diamonds boss said.
“We didn’t pass the ball well enough at the weekend, we didn’t take our chances and I thought we could have worked hard.
“So I threw it back at the players on Tuesday night and told them to go and put it right. And, to be fair, they did just that.
“We took our early opportunities and truth be told, six flattered them at the end because their goalkeeper made some outstanding saves.
“It’s strange how much can change in just a few days because it was the same group of players for both teams.
“But we got the reaction we were after. I asked questions of the players and they delivered the answers.
“We will play better teams down the line but with the way we passed the ball on Tuesday night, I don’t think it would have mattered who we were playing.”
The big win means Diamonds will now take on Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division outfit Coalville Town in the first qualifying round at the Dog & Duck on Saturday, October 29.