Harry Redknapp wanted to focus on the positives after his QPR side closed the gap between themselves and safety with a 2-1 win against Southampton.
"They answered all the questions,'' Redknapp said of his players. "They worked their socks off today.
"We worked hard last week against Man United. It was just they had a little bit too much for us.
"We couldn't have worked much harder. We had 14 shots at goal last week and we gave them a game, but they were better than us.
"Today we have come out and worked just as hard again and no-one could have worked harder than the players I took away on the trip.
"That was the hardest I've ever worked the football team in Dubai so when I read that [story] it really hurts me because it is completely and utterly fabricated story that has got no substance and no truth to it whatsoever."
Redknapp was clearly proud of his team after a win in which the only blot was Cesar being forced off injured.
The Rs boss revealed the Brazilian goalkeeper is struggling after a second-half collision, while Saints counterpart Mauricio Pochettino also had to take off several players.
"Adam Lallana had a knock after coming together with another player on the neck and that is why he couldn't continue,'' said the Argentinian, coincidentally also celebrating his birthday.
"Danny Fox had a knock on (his) quadriceps, which led to him being substituted as well.
"We do not know how serious it is. In the next couple of days we will do the necessary analysis."
The injuries capped a bad day at the office for Southampton, who were outfought at St Mary's.
"We have to accept that because we made some mistakes," Pochettino added. "We've tried very hard. We've put in a great effort to try and get a different kind of result.
"But because of some mistakes we have made and their goalkeeper's intervention a couple of times we didn't get a positive result."