Mark Fotheringham reveals the inspiration behind Huddersfield Town's 'turning point' win at QPR - and an end to the 'embarrassment'
The bottom-of-the-table Terriers registered their first away success since the end of April in thrilling fashion, thanks to two goals from an unlikely source in Josh Ruffels, who scored a brilliantly-improvised acrobatic winner.
QPR boss Mick Beale was angered by his side's display and told his players to "wake up" in its aftermath.
By contrast, Fotheringham was far happier as his depleted side earned reward for some spirited recent performances to give themselves a big morale-boost and hope in their survival fight.
Fotheringham said: "There was a bit of tough love before we came down on the train. I told them a few home truths. I told them that they were an embarrassment that they only had two points from the whole season away from home. It's not good enough.
"However, we do understand that we have had to cope with injuries and we have coped with it admirably.
"All I can say is that I'm so proud of them. They really deserved that and I feel that we can build on it.
"It's been unfortunate for us in recent weeks and that's what happens when you're bottom of the league.
"But the boys have shown determination and a great attitude to work their way out of the situation and I really believe this was a turning point for our season."
QPR boss Beale acknowledged: "We didn't deserve anything because we were told before that set-plays would be big in the game, and counter-attacks, and that we couldn't concede in either of those moments."Then we concede from two set-plays - that's five out of the last six goals conceded - and it doesn't matter what the staff are asking the players to do if they don't want to go and attack the ball."In between that we played some really good football, but Huddersfield put their bodies on the line and if I'm their manager I'm absolutely delighted in terms of their togetherness and work-rate."