Steve Watson admitted that Bryan Robson had an open and frank discusion with his West Bromwich Albion players prior to their comfortable victory over Motherwell.
Following victories over Walsall and Bristol Rovers, both the defeat and the manner of their performance against Kilmarnock last week gave cause for concern.
But whatever Robson said to his players at their Ayrshire training base on Saturday morning certainly had the desired effect, as their performance was infinitely better against Motherwell.
Although they took their foot off the gas in the second stanza, Albion looked reinvigorated and far more potent.
Nigel Quashie was the outstanding player on the pitch while Watson once again showed his versatility with a solid performance at centre-half alongside Chris Perry. John Hartson and Nathan Ellington appear to be striking up an understanding too and Watson is adamant there are reasons to be cheerful following Robson's gentle reminder of what is expected this term.
"Maybe that was what we needed," said Watson, referring to their candid chat on Saturday.
"We have trained very hard but, maybe, we still had our heads down from last season. We had a good chat and that is what we needed.
"It was a case of 'we can't start the season with a hangover from last year'.
"We all believe we can get back to where we think we should be but we are under no illusions about how hard it will be.
"It was just reminding us that we need to get out of the blocks at the start of the season and we can't afford any slip ups or passengers.
"Hopefully, today is going to be the start of a good run of form. It is a step in the right direction, as they (Motherwell) are starting their season next week and they will have wanted to take advantage."
Robson (left) also declared himself satisfied with the performance.
Hartson's first goal for the club and an own goal after good work from Nathan Ellington proved decisive.
Albion had a further effort disallowed after Ellington drove home from a Hartson knock-down but the referee deemed Hartson's initial challenge unfair.
And Robson saw the green shoots of a blossoming partnership between his strike pairing.
"In the first half Hartson and Ellington linked up really well," said
Robson. "There was good interchange play between those two.
"Nigel (Quashie) also had a good game today. He passed the ball well and closed people down and the midfield four looked good in the first half.
"I think there was more urgency in all of the players, especially in the first half. We played in a more direct manner and gave them a few problems."
Another plus point for Albion's manager was the fact that Pascal Zuberbuhler came through his Albion debut unscathed.
The towering goalkeeper was preferred to Tomasz Kuszczak for his inaugural Albion appearance and Robson was satisfied with his contribution.
"Zuberbuhler fitted in quite well today and had no chance for the goal. He communicated well considering he has only trained three games it was a steady game for him," added Robson.
"I have been impressed with him and his kicking is excellent."