Phil Brown revealed he kept his Hull side on the pitch at half-time as a message to the fans after their first-half horror show against Manchester City.
After City coasted into a 4-0 lead at the interval Brown marched his players to the away end, sat them down and gave them a dressing down.
The Hull boss said: "I thought it was nice and cold and I thought I would keep the boys alive because they looked as if they were dead. Let's not read too much into it but I think 3,500-4,000 travelling fans deserved some kind of explanation for the first-half performance and it was difficult for me to do that from the confines of a changing room."
Felipe Caicedo and Robinho scored a brace each before half-time and Stephen Ireland, who starred in City's midfield, netted the home side's fifth.
Hull at least salvaged some pride after the break with Craig Fagan, returning after more than three months out with a broken leg, netting a consolation.
Brown was still in forthright mood after the game.
"Our mentality was just not there, it was wrong," he said.
"We gifted them a first goal and we then went on to gift them a second, a third and a fourth.
"It was unacceptable behaviour, an unacceptable performance from a Phil Brown side and I am bitterly disappointed, to say the least."
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