Interview : Russell Slade : 21/10/2006
Russell Slade speaks to BBC Bristol about the 1-0 win over Oldham
Russell Slade
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Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade talked to BBC Radio Bristol's Richard Hoskin on 21st October 2006, immediately after Yeovil's 1-0 win over Oldham Athletic that lifted the Glovers up to 2nd in the League One table.

RH: Russell, you've moved up to second in the League One table this evening. It must be a fabulous feeling.

RS: Yes, it's very satisfying. The result of course was all-important for us and it was a 1-0. Sometimes, to keep a clean sheet and grind out a result like that is very pleasing. Even though perhaps with the swirling conditions it wasn't a classic, it was important for us to come out on top.

RH: That would suggest that it was a game where the result was more important than the performance.

RS: Yes, well sometimes it is, isn't it? You can count the occasions on one hand in a season when everything goes the way that you want it to go, where it's a great game and it's a really good win and where people perform to their optimum. It just doesn't happen. So many of the games in any season are about grinding it out and being resilient and what typified my team today was that within about six or seven seconds, there were three blocks and sometimes it is not about scoring goals, it is about stopping them and we had that sense of urgency to make sure that we didn't concede a goal today. If you do that, it sometimes brings you success.

RH: It was one of those games where you had eleven players for man of the match - everyone worked hard. But Terry Skiverton got the goal - how thrilled are you to have him on board, given that he collapsed seven days ago?

RS: Yes, he almost collapsed again today! It's been a difficult week for Terry and it's been a difficult week for the team. It's been a bit disjointed and we've had one or two players missing. There are four or five in there that have only trained one or two days this week for one reason or another. But they've managed to recover and their attitude is good and we managed to wheel them out. They've paid me back through the faith that I kept with them. I'm delighted for them that they've managed to turn it around and grind a result for us.

RH: Terry went off towards the end - how is he?

RS: He's OK - he's exhausted. He came off with about 10 minutes to go to get a bit of fluid down him, but he is OK. He'll be OK and he'll recover again.

RH: A slight change in tactics today with a 4-4-2. What's your thoughts on that?

RS: We just wanted to have a look at Lee Morris and Stewie together. We saw glimpses of combinations and they are quite useful together. I wanted to go with that combination so I put Chris Cohen on one side. We were a little bit lopsided and were almost a 4-3-3 at times but on the day it worked and it got us the three points.

RH: And what about the future. You're now a third of the way through the season and you're now second. How far can Yeovil go this season?

RS: Well we have got to push and probe and go as far as we possibly can. A lot will depend on injuries of course. We have a small squad and we hope that we will be in good condition come the second third of the season which will take us beyond Christmas and that we can perhaps strengthen and get one or two more quality players that will add to our final push.

RH: You're always being linked with players - Carl Asaba is the latest.

RS: Yes, every manager is always looking to improve his squad and his team and I am no different. When the right players become available with the right credentials then you've got to look, haven't you?

RH: Next Saturday you've got the Chesterfield away game, then your next home game is against Bristol City. The big games keep coming.

RS: Yes, they do, and they will do. But as long as you maintain a position up in that top five or six then they are all going to be big games. You're there to be shot at and every game is keenly contested. So we look forward to it, and it is important that we still enjoy it, and that is what I said to them at half time. OK, I got the professional bits and bobs out of the way but then we spoke about how important it was that we enjoy ourselves and go out and play with a smile on our face.

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