Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal admits it took some harsh words at half-time to inspire his side’s 2-1 win away at Rotherham United last night.
Goals after the re-start by forwards Lucas Joao and Fernando Forestieri secured Wednesday’s second Championship away win of the campaign.
Although the Millers grabbed a late consolation through Tom Thorpe, the victory stretched Owls’ unbeaten streak to eight matches in all competitions.
The Portuguese said: “I was not happy with the first half. We had some words.
“Barry Bannan played too deep and we lost control sometimes of the midfield. It was hard. We corrected one or two things at half-time.
“We told the players to play with more heart and show a strong mentality and we had a fantastic reaction.
“Bannan came more into the game and we started to play much better.
“All the team were amazing from the defence to the attack.”
Backed by over 2,500 supporters at a noisy AESSEAL New York Stadium, Owls remain ninth but are now just one point adrift of the top-six placings.
But Carvalhal, speaking ahead of Tuesday’s Capital one Cup tie at home to Arsenal, is refusing to get carried away and has cooled talk of a promotion challenge. “It’s amazing how in three months we have changed a lot of things, but we are still in the process,” he said. “The players are doing fantastic, they follow our ideas, they have an amazing attitude, they are playing like a group.
“There are probably 10 or 12 teams better than us in this competition and we have to show on the pitch that we can fight with these teams and let’s see what we can do.
“I still think we can do better.
“We will fight game by game to do our best. There are teams more ready than us. But what we can do is that we are one of 12 teams that are fighting for the top six. Some teams are stronger than others.”
“We are in a very good way and everybody is working hard for each other but we must keep our feet on the floor.
“It is just three points. We have Arsenal now so we will start thinking about that now.
“We are pushing the players and the team and will do better in the future. We still need time.”
A disappointed Neil Redfearn admitted the start of the second half was the exact opposite of what he asked of his men at the half-time break.
“I thought first half we did well enough, I thought we locked horns with them,” he said. “We created one or two half-chances, as they did.
“We talked at half-time about coming out of the traps, which we did on Tuesday against Reading where we got an equaliser, got the crowd up and got on the front foot and tonight we did the opposite.
“If you look at both goals they are poor from our point of view.”
Redfearn has yet to taste victory in his first three games at the helm and he is battling changing his new side’s philosophy with the need for results.
“I knew when I came in that it might be two forward one back and tonight was one back,” he said.
“At this moment in time there is imbalance in what we have got.
“We stayed up last season by the skin of our teeth, we are down there again this season for a reason, that’s why I am here.
“It’s not going to happen overnight, but what we need to do is keeping pecking away at it. We need to pick points up when we can, we got halfway there tonight but we ran out of steam.”