Interview : Russell Slade : 30/12/2006
Russell Slade talks to BBC Radio Bristol after the 3-2 win over Crewe
Russell Slade
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Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade talked to freelance journalist Chris Spittles following the 3-2 win over Crewe Alexandra on December 30th 2006.

RS: Obviously I am really pleased with the three points. Certainly for 65 or 70 minutes I thought we looked in really good nick. The goals that we've taken were superb. And to score the third goal - we shouldn't have had to score a third goal to have won the football match. I think that's my point. We lost Terry (Skiverton) which was a bit of a blow - he's got eight stiches in a gash just above his ankle. We seemed to then lose a lot of concentration at the back and focus, and unfortunately conceded two goals which was a bit of a blow as we didn't want to do that. But if you'd asked me would I have taken three points like that before the game, I would have certainly have said yes with a smile. I'm certainly delighted with the win.

Qu: With the start that you made, was it your message to really have a go at Crewe from the outset today?

RS: Yes, I billed it as an exceptionally important game. If we got off to a better start than we have done recently away from home then that would help our cause, and we got off to the perfect start for a change. They were two really well taken goals, a great cross from Britts (Martin Brittain) particularly with the second one and the header. Leon (Best) is in such good form at the moment and so is Lee Morris. All of our goals have been well taken. Arron (Davies) has had a couple of chances as well this afternoon. From a creativity point of view I was very pleased but we shouldn't have left it as tight as that really. But then again, that's Crewe. They've done it before. They've been three down and they've come back and drawn games and won games in the past and you're playing against four strikers. He's got four strikers on the pitch in the last fifteen minutes so he's thrown everything at us to try and get the win and the game has got very open and very stretched. Not good for managers and not good for my heart, that's for sure!

Qu: We spoke about the strikers after Brighton and how well they were playing, but they've gone up another level today. Leon Best and Lee Morris in that first period have scored three goals between them and it could have been more.

RS: Yes, the combination has been very good and it seems to get better. There was just a little spell during the second period when we weren't quite getting hold of it well enough. There were one or two flicks that weren't quite coming off particularly. But they are doing really well and I'm really pleased with their contribution right now.

Qu: Terry Skiverton went off prior to you conceding the two goals. Is he a doubt for you on Monday?

RS: Yes, he'll be ruled out certainly straight away. He's got a hole in his leg. They've stitched that up fortunately and hopefully he'll recover as soon as he possibly can, but he's probably out for the next two games I suspect. Other than that, Lee Morris is obviously very tight. He's never played so many games in such a short spac of time for about three years, I think.

Qu: Despite conceding the two goals, I think Steve Mildenhall made a couple of very important saves for you.

RS: He always does that doesn't he? Crewe is not different - he always seems to make those two or three very important saves at crucial times and I've said before that is the sign of a good goalkeeper. We've been pleased with his contribution all season.

Qu: Martin Cranie had an outstanding game today as well.

RS: Yes, I thought there were one or two today that played very well. When we were playing vety well in the first period, it was difficult to pick out one man because there was so much happening going forward and it was good to watch.

Qu: If you are going to be without Terry Skiverton now on Monday, the other lads have got to step forward and show the leadership that he normally brings to the team now.

RS: Yes, that was probably my message at the end of the game. I said it was not above the eleven, it is about the sixteen, the eighteen or the twenty or whoever I bring with us on an away trip. You've all got to play your part, you've all got to be focussed and you've all got to concentrate. Three of you have gone on today and you've had to do a job to make sure that we got the right result. They are important - they are all important - all of my boys out there. The subs are just as important and those who are not playing are just as important as the eleven who are out there on the pitch.

Qu: So the two Crewe goals take a bit of the gloss off it, but you've still got seven points from three games so far over Christmas which is a good haul isn't it?

RS: Yes, and before that we got a win as well of course. Our recent form is a little bit better. I think it is three wins and a draw now and that takes us into our two home games. What we've got to do now is to not sit on our laurels and to make sure that now we've had two back-to-back wins which is what I was desperately after because it can make a difference as we've gone back into the top six. We've now got two home games and we've got to try and get maximum points from those games. If we get four then fine, but we've got to get as many as we possibly can now.

Qu: So you're into the top six as Swansea lost today. You said you wanted to go into the New Year in the Top Six so you've achieved your objective.

RS: Yes that was our goal, and that was why it was such an important game for us. We were right up for it. We half expected a bit of a backlash from Crewe but because we got off to such a good start which I thought was vital, it never really happened until the final 15 minutes.

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