Martyn Rogers praised the way his Tiverton Town players responded a few half-time words during their 3-0 win over Wantage Town on Saturday.
The Yellows were 1-0 up at half-time but Rogers was unimpressed with the performance, feeling it was a little lacklustre after their solid display against league leaders Hereford the previous week.
Two second-half goals from Owen Howe – his seventh and eighth goals of the season – rounded off the victory, though, as Tivvy stepped up their performance to secure a comfortable victory, in what Rogers felt was a good afternoon’s work in the end.
“I was delighted,” he said. “We were away from home in tricky conditions and we had three missing, as well, so it was a good effort.
“To be fair, I didn’t feel as though we played particularly well in the first half but we had a few words at half-time, and came out in the second half and put them to the sword.
“We’re going okay at the moment but I said to the players it’s early days yet and we’ve got to keep it going.”
Rogers added: “I wanted a response to what I said at half-time and I certainly got it.
“That’s what I was pleased about, as the first half was a case of after the Lord Mayor’s show after the Hereford game, as it was a really big game with a big crowd last week, and we went to Wantage, where the pitch wasn’t the best, so it was one of those potential banana skins.
“We got it right in the end, though, and we came away with three points, three goals and a clean sheet to boot, so, all in all, it was a good afternoon’s work.”
The win means Tivvy are third in the table after they had previously slipped to fourth when teams won games in hand over them.
Along with Hereford, the Yellows are also the only team left unbeaten in the Southern League South & West so far this season.
They now have a week off from the league, though, with a game away to Barnstaple Town in the Southern League Cup on Tuesday evening before travelling to Paulton Rovers in the FA Trophy on Saturday.
Tivvy boss Rogers says the players are looking forward to playing in the less pressurised atmosphere of the cup, especially against a fellow Devon team on Tuesday night.
He said: “We’ve got Barnstaple on Tuesday and then Paulton, so we’re looking forward to them.
“I think the lads quite enjoy the cups, as there’s slightly less pressure on you in the cups, so they’ll look forward to that.
“It’s a local derby on Tuesday night up at Barnstaple, as well, so I know the players are looking forward to it.”