Interview : Russell Slade : 11/11/2006
Russell Slade talks to BBC Radio Bristol after the 3-1 defeat against Rushden
Russell Slade
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Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade talked to BBC Radio Bristol's Alistair Durden immediately after the 3-1 defeat at the hands of Rushden and Diamonds in the FA Cup First Round.

RS: I thought Rushden were well worth their lead at half time. I thought that was their half. I thought they played some good stuff and they certainly put their body on the line, which one or two of my players didn't. They thought they had some divine right to go out there and things would just develop and happen for them, but that wasn't the case. You have to analyse the goals of course. The first one, we've allowed a very straight-forward cross to come into the box and Hope was unmarked and that was poor defending. The second two goals were even worse really. The second was just a long ball and their player got the wrong side of my defender and we didn't even battle to try and put him off making a shot. Then the last one, I think typified Rushden's performance in that he threw himself when it didn't look as if he could get to the ball. My player was actually goal-side, but he threw himself at the ball to make it 3-1 and that clinched it for them because at 2-1 we were probably having our best spell of the game and it looked as though we might get something out of it. But it was not to be and when you reflect, Rushden certainly deserved to win the tie.

AD: You withdrew Anthony Tonkin around the hour mark. Is that because you were disappointed with his performance?

RS: Yes, for sure. I thought we were struggling against crosses for most of the afternoon to be honest. The introduction of Brad (Thomas) made us a bit more physical and made us stronger. Having said that, he'll be disappointed with the third goal.

AD: Chris Cohen managed to find a bit of quality for you, but was there much else you were pleased with out there?

RS: No, but I think you've got the right man. He put his body on the line and always does for the football club. He has rattled the upright as well and got a great goal and so it wasn't for his lack of desire that we went down today. I think you also have to reflect upon the fact that we had six players unavailable for today's game which doesn't help your cause. I'm not making any excuses because we should have had enough quality out there to have got a result today but there were some disappointing performances. Sometimes your own players make you pick them. But when I make the selection for Leyton Orient next week, I don't expect any player other than Chrissie Cohen to come knocking on my door because I would be completely embarrassed for them if they did.

AD: Does this tell you that beneath the surface there isn't quite as much quality as what you thought you had? Or is that something you already knew?

RS: Of course it's something we already knew. We've not got a massive squad in depth and of course when you are stetched as much as probably we've been stretched all season today, it does make life that little bit more difficult. But you have to judge the game on its merits today and certainly based on eleven versus eleven, Rushden put their bodies on the line. They showed terrific desire and overall certainly deserved to win the tie.

AD: You're having a terrific time in the league but certainly it seems that away from home is where you've got the most work to do. What can you do about some of the more recent performances?

RS: Well even in the league, we've only lost one away from home, so you've got to say that's not bad. But if we perform like that, then we'll probably be losing a lot more away from home. So we need to nip that in the bud as soon as we can, so we'll start tomorrow morning.

AD: You're out of the cup but I think that traditionally the Chairman has seen the cup as providing something like some much needed cash but do you think that might affect you in January when you try to bring in some players now?

RS: Well you hope not, but of course every Chairman in every football club wants a cup run because it's exciting, it brings in much needed revenue into the football club and we are not going to have the benefit of that this time around. Quite frankly we don't deserve the benefit of it because we have not performed.

AD: Extra work for the players? You've clearly let them know what you feel. Will they get it in the next week leading up to the Orient game?

RS: Well of course. We're going to have to work very hard to put that right. It's difficult, but one thing we do have that's positive is that we do have one or two bodies coming back next week. That will be a benefit to us.

AD: Martin Cranie is coming in to play as a centre-half, or are you looking to play him somewhere else?

RS: Well these are the things we'll have to have a look at over the coming week. There is Martin Cranie, Martin Brittain and Marcus Stewart so that's three that I know will be readily available for next week. Having said that my biggest concern is not conceding goals like we've conceded today. So defensively it concerns me a little bit.

AD: Is it something that you might look to address with another loan signing?

RS: Well who knows, but certainly we can't defend like that, if we are going to stay where we are.

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