Interview : Russell Slade : 04/11/2006
Russell Slade talks to BBC Radio Bristol after the 2-1 win over Bristol City
Russell Slade
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Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade talked to BBC Radio Bristol's Richard Hoskin after the Glovers had beaten Bristol City 2-1 at Huish Park on November 4th 2006.

RH: Russell, jubliant scenes at the full time whistle. Was that the biggest win since you took over as Yeovil Town manager?

RS: They are all big wins, but because this is a local derby and it is Bristol City and there's the links between the two clubs, it is a massive win for us. It's an occasion we will enjoy, but there's a lot of football still to be played and it is only one game. There are about 28 games left. Our next (league) game is Leyton Orient and that's the one we need to focus on as quickly as we can.

RH: What was the key to beating Bristol City today?

RS: I just felt that we stuck together really well as a team today. It was important not to get sucked into the occasion but to play and to stick to the game plan. I thought we did that splendidly in the main. We only had two blips really - the sending off and towards the end we gave away a sloppy penalty. But other than that, we've taken our goals exceptionally well today.

RH: Arron Davies' substitution turned the game. Was that a brave substitution to make at the time?

RS: Yes, I think that it was fairly brave in that there was 20 minutes to go and I didn't have any more substitutions. But myself and Steve felt that if we went three at the back and put Chris Cohen into a more familiar role back in midfield that we might just about be able to unlock them, and so it turned out to be.

RH: And Wayne Gray, on his own and up front, how pleased were you with his performance and his goal?

RS: I thought it was his best performance since he's been at the club. I don't know where he found the energy for the second goal. He looked absolutely out of it. He ran his socks off and he somehow managed to conjure up some energy. He ran most of the half of a pitch and took the goal magnificently.

RH: If there's one thing you want from the players it is for them to give their all isn't it?

RS: Yes, and they've done that for most of the season to be honest. They've stuck together and worked exceptionally hard for each other.

RH: What happened with the sending off? Scott Guyett and Louis Carey were both sent off just before half time.

RS: I don't really know. Obviously something has happened and there has been some contact made. I didn't really see it. There was a melee of players around it, so I'll have to have a look at the video and then make my own mind up about it.

RH: Has Scott said anything about it?

RS: Not really. We'll sit down and have a look.

RH: Losing Terry Skiverton so early, you did well to recover from that. How is Terry?

RS: It is his achilles, that's for sure. There is some damage there. How much damage there is at this stage, we're not sure. He'll have to go for a scan as early as we possibly can and we just hope that it is short-term and not long-term.

RH: Is that related to the knock he had during the week?

RS: No, nothing to do with that at all.

RH: Moving on, you've got the FA Cup next weekend. Is that a welcome break or would you be rather playing league games whilst you are riding so high in the league?

RS: No not really. You have to take what comes your way. It is the FA Cup and that is an important competition for us as well and we will want to do well in it. It is just unfortunate that the negative thing today is that we've lost two centre-halves and that's a big blow for a football club like ourselves.

RH: Are you going to be looking into the transfer market this week?

RS: Possibly.

RH: Just a final word on the fans. I think Steve Thompson said to you that he's never heard Huish Park so loud when that second goal went in.

RS: No, that's what they've said - that it is the loudest they've ever heard the place in a long long time, if ever and it was fantastic for the fans to see that second goal go in and to just take a little bit of that tension away.

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