Interview : Russell Slade : 09/09/2006
Russell Slade talks to BBC Radio Bristol after the 1-0 defeat against Forest
Russell Slade
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Yeovil manager Russell Slade talked to BBC Radio Bristol's Jon Bennett following the 0-1 home defeat against Nottingham Forest on September 9th 2006.

JB: Russell the standing ovation at the end said it all. It was an excellent performance and it must be so frustrating that you've not got anything out of the game today.

RS: Yes, I am absolutely gutted for my players today because we couldn't have conjured up any more enthusiasm or effort out there. We threw everything at Forest that we possibly could. We knew it would be tough. We knew that we would have to play better than we have been in any other game. At times we proved to be improving once again. I just can't knock them. We know that Forest have got a bit of savy and are capable of getting a goal from a set play. They are experienced and quite clever and that is how they have undone us right at the end. That is disappointing for us, because on another day we could have quite easily have won.

JB: You mentioned that a match like this is about moments, and I suppose the key moment for you was the Wayne Gray chance just after half time when you were firing on all cylinders after the break.

RS: Yes, we came out and once again we took the game to Forest and I felt we were on top. We were forcing a few corners and there were quite a few crosses going in. Wayne has turned magnificently in the box and the keeper has made a great save. There were two keepers in form out there. Mildy (Steve Mildenhall) has pulled off a couple of great saves and so has Paul Smith and they were defining moments. Forest have taken theirs and unfortunately we haven't taken ours today. But we are getting better - we are going in the right direction. We were competitive today but we want to be more than that - we want to be successful. All my players want to be successful and I want to be successful and that means that we have got a disappointed changing room right now.

JB: It was a great performance by Steve Mildenhall wasn't it? One of those saves was a world class save.

RS: Yes, Mildy does that. He is one of those keepers. To be honest he didn't have a lot to do during the entire game but he has made two or three absolutely stunning saves and that is the sign of a great keeper and a keeper in form.

JB: What pleased you the most about the performance?

RS: The energy levels were excellent. We worked exceptionally hard and we passed the ball and we opened the league leaders up. At the start of the season Forest were pre-season favourites to go up and we were pre-season favourites for the drop. If you had come today and watched that as a neutral you would not have thought so.

JB: The one player they wanted the ball to fall to (for the goal) at the back post was Grant Holt.

RS: Yes, he is in a rich vein of form, isn't he? He is there and he is a poacher, and he's not even hit it clean, has he? But he has put it in the net and that was soul-destroying really. But that's what strikers are there for - to score. Good luck to Forest - they are a big club and hopefully one day they can get themselves back in the Premiership because that is where they belong.

JB: You mentioned that you were favourites to go down and they were favourites to go up, but the bookies were proved wrong today weren't they?

RS: Yes, we did well, but we haven't got the result and that hurts. But hopefully it hurts enough so that we dust ourselves down and so that we go into the Northampton game on Tuesday renewed and full of vigour and make sure that we go away from Northampton with the points.

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