Scott Naylor revealed in his post-game media interviews that he hit the roof at half-time and then got the best possible response from his players in their 34-20 win at Hunslet which sealed a second place finish in Betfred League 1.
Roughyeds were very ordinary in the first half and trailed 20-18 at the turn-around.
The head coach said he “burnt the paint off the walls” and was then proud of his players as they upped the tempo, rediscovered their recent form and scored 16 second-half points without reply in achieving their ninth win in their last ten outings.
He added: “I don’t know whether it was nerves because so much was riding on the match or whether we just didn’t turn up.
“We’ve had a quiet season in the dressing room because I never felt there was a need previously for strong words from me.
“This time though I felt it was justified and needed. And the second-half performance showed that when we are on song and everyone is doing his job we are a very difficult team to beat.
“I was proud of the response they gave me in the second half and the lads should also be proud of the way they played in the second half. Their response was amazing; it was a fantastic turnaround.
“We now go into the play-offs with a lot of momentum behind us and with a good chance of getting back to the Championship before I leave.
“Cameron Leeming failed his fitness test before kick-off and a few of the lads picked up niggling knocks but with a free weekend coming up it will give everybody a chance to get fully fit so that I can pick from a full squad for our play-off match on September 22.
“Going back to the Hunslet game we first had Cam Leeming’s withdrawal and then it wasn’t long before Declan Kay had to go off with concussion, which disrupted our plans.
“Jack Holmes went on the wing and Danny Langtree moved into the centre so we had some disruptions to cope with but even so we weren’t ourselves in the first half.”
Hunslet coach Gary Thornton said:
“From our point of view the first half was good; the second half was dreadful.
“We struggled to get out of our own half and you can’t afford to be like that against a team like Oldham.
“When we went behind at 22-20 I could see the body language of the players deteriorate. It’s a real problem. We keep allowing teams to come back into games in home matches and it’s very disappointing.”
Leeming missed out with a hamstring problem picked up in the previous game against Coventry, but Naylor hopes the next two weeks will make all the difference in his battle to be available for the first play-off challenge.