Paul Dickov’s ‘hairdryer’ treatment has turned up the heat on play-off chasing Doncaster Rovers.
The Scot revealed he was the ‘maddest he has ever been as a manager’ during half time against Bristol City on Tuesday night.
His dressing room dressing down helped change the dynamic of the game but sadly not the result, as Rovers slipped to their second defeat in the space of four days.
“It was probably the maddest I’ve ever been at half time, in any game since I’ve been a manager,” said Dickov.
“Kyle [Bennett] and Harry [Forrester] were unlucky because I could’ve taken any number of players off.
“The first half was poor.
“In the second half I thought we matched them up and caused them problems. Individually, we wanted it a bit more.
“We’ve got to take a lot of credit from the way we performed in the second half against a team comfortably top of the league,” he added.
“It just shows you if you do the basics, and you run around a bit and work hard, which we didn’t do enough of in the first half, you’ve got a chance.”
Curtis Main is pushing for a recall to the starting line-up at home to Colchester United on Saturday after his sensational strike against the league leaders.
However, the more pressing issue for Dickov is stemming the tide at the other end.
“We can’t keep conceding goals the way we are,” he said.
“That’s two games now in which we’ve conceded six goals.
“No disrespect to Port Vale or Bristol City but all six goals have been from our downfall, and individual mistakes.
“You cut them out and it gives you a chance.”