Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson muttered an insult under his breath at the end of a irritable press conference following his side's goalless draw with Hull City on Saturday.
Pearson took exception to being asked whether his side's season was waxing or waning by a journalist, who had already annoyed the manager when asking whether his players had tried to get Hull's Alex Bruce sent off.
In answer to the question, Pearson said: "I don’t have to use that sort of analogy. We are in the same position. We’ve got ten games left, six games at home, and our home form has to be drastically improved for us to give ourselves the best chance. That’s it.
"You got any more questions you want to ask? Obviously not. Yep, good thank you.
"Waxing or waning, f****** hell. My a***. P****."
Pearson had previously set his side the unlikely challenge of winning half their remaining fixtures to beat the drop.
"We've got 10 games left, six at home and we probably need to win five. Today's game shows how tough it can be," he said.
"We are in the same sort of position as before. We have six games at home so our home form has to be drastically improved to give us the best chance.
"Today I think the players expected to get three points, so it is disappointing to come away with one.
"To get the three we needed to be more committed to our attacking play.
"I'm not sure we could have played any more of an attacking style, but if players are having a bit of an off day they're having an off day.
"We had an indifferent day with the ball."
Hull City manager Steve Bruce had no qualms about Huddlestone's red card, the midfielder dismissed for the second time this season after being booked in each half.
But he was indignant about two decisions that immediately preceded the midfielder's dismissal.