GARY Rowett revealed he had to “let rip” after Burton Albion trailed to League Two strugglers Bristol Rovers at the Pirelli Stadium.
And he praised his men for responding to his half-time broadside to extend their unbeaten run to eight games.
The Gas were good value for the lead given them in the 30th minute of Saturday’s encounter by David Clarkson.
But Billy Kee justified his return to the starting line-up by heading the Brewers back on level terms with his third goal of the season in the 50th minute.
The 1-1 stalemate was enough to lift the Brewers two places to fifth in the table, but was greeted with mixed emotions by Rowett.
The Brewers boss said: “I’ve still got a smile on my face because we got back in the game and showed great resilience again.
“But I was really disappointed with the first half performance and I left rip with a few words at half time.
“I felt the two (central) midfielders first half were absolutely brilliant and the two centre-halves were brilliant, but around
those four the rest of them needed to do a little bit more to try and get us back in the game.
“We’d had a break since the trip to Morecambe and I just felt we should have gone at them a little bit quicker.
“We need to make the tempo better at home and I just felt as we started that we had two or three opportunities to play the ball forward, but we chose to go sideways instead.
“That set the tempo and we couldn’t get out of that in the first half.
“We just needed to be on the front foot a little bit more. Balls were dropping and we weren’t anticipating and we got goals balls into the front and didn’t make enough of them.
“But we were much better in the second half. We pushed for it and tried to get the winner, which is all you can ask, and we worked really, really hard.
“Overall, though, I’m not too disappointed because that’s now eight games unbeaten in the League so I can’t complain too much.
“I thought we were resolute when we behind and that’s three or four times now we’ve come from a goal down and got something out of the game, which is quite pleasing.”
Rovers boss Mark McGhee thought his side should have gone on to win game.
The Scot said: “We had chances to take it further away from Burton and shut out the game.
“Then we gave away a slack free kick, a lazy free kick, which is something we’ve talked about and worked on – but it resulted in a goal.
“That was hugely disappointing because it was too easy a goal to concede away from home when you’re one-nil up.
“I thought we had some decent situations with balls across their box and the keeper having to make double save.
“I said before the game that I probably thought we’d need to score a couple of goals to win here today and we had chances to do that.
“We were short of attacking options because of the players who were missing, but my gut feeling is still one of disappointment.”