Grant McCann felt patience paid off as Hull City saw off 10-man Burton Albion to move up to second in League One.
Second-half goals from Mallik Wilks and Hakeeb Adelakun secured a 2-0 victory over the Brewers, who had Sam Hughes sent off after just 18 minutes.
The Tigers dominated throughout but it wasn’t until just past the hour mark that the breakthrough finally came.
And McCann revealed his half-time message to his players was to not get frustrated.
“I thought the difference in the second half was we moved the ball quicker as a team,” said McCann.
“The message at half-time was don’t get frustrated, stay calm and the goal will come.
“Don’t get frustrated if it doesn’t come in the first 10-15 minutes – just keep plugging away, keep moving it quickly, keep trying to overload them on the outsides. It was pleasing to see.
“Another goal came from a set-play and Haks got the second one later on to make the game more comfortable for us.”
George Honeyman provided the set-piece delivery for the Tigers’ opening goal, the ball dropping kindly for Wilks, who made no mistake with a clinical first-time finish.
“Mallik had to stay concentrated as it was bouncing and bobbling,” McCann commented.
“He’s just opened his foot up and passed it into the top corner.
“It was a good finish and I thought he had a good game – probably the best game he’s had in a while. Hopefully he can continue that.”
Adelakun came on at half-time and was heavily involved, scoring his second Hull City goal with a terrific 30-yard strike.
"Haks has got that – he can shoot with low back lift, quickly,” McCann said.
“He’s been struggling a little bit with his ankle – he’s had an injection and he wasn’t himself for a while.
“He was probably a wee bit rusty at Harrogate but he’s getting back to where he is.
“He’s the sort of player who can see things others can’t, little reverse balls and put people in.
“He’s a very clever player and hopefully we can keep him fit now.”
McCann revealed Keane Lewis-Potter will be absent from training until Friday as he continues to follow coronavirus self-isolation guidelines.