Interview : Russell Slade : 20/01/2007
Russell Slade talks to BBC Radio Bristol after the 1-0 win over Brentford
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Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade talked to BBC Radio Bristol's John Bennett after the Glovers had beaten Brentford 1-0 on January 20th 2007.

JB: Russell, what was your assessment of that performance?

RS: I am very very pleased with the three points as it was a major three points today. It keeps us right in the hunt for promotion. It didn't quite go according to plan of course. Things don't always do that in football. I thought that the sending off in the first five minutes perhaps made us a bit more tense than what we needed to be. Brentford were stubborn. Brentford sat very deep and made life very difficult for us. I thought we overplayed far too much in the first period. There were certainly a lack of crosses, so that is why we went a little bit more direct in the second half. We got the ball in the box and put balls down the side and eventually we got the breakthrough in that 15 minute spell. Had we kept playing like that, I think we would have made life a little more comfortable for ourselves. But footballers, as you well know, don't make life easy for us sometimes and we were made to battle all the way to get our three points.

JB: That early sending off - is it sometimes more difficult to play against 10 men?

RS: Well clearly it appeared that way today. But as I've said, I felt we put the pressure upon ourselves by overplaying. The decisions that we made on the pitch were not always the best ones. It was important for us to get back to basics, get control of the ball and to get the ball into wide areas, get the ball into the box and then things would happen. We needed to support the ball that goes into the box and then we'd know where we are. We didn't seem to know if the ball was coming in or not because we were overplaying in the first period.

JB: Were you pleased with how the players reacted after the break because the goal came 10 minutes after?

RS: Yes, because that is what I had asked for in the second period. We got that, we got some joy and all of a sudden we looked on top of it. Apart from a couple of misplaced passes in the second period in the final balls, we could have scored some more. Leon Best has had another exceptionally good chance in a one-on-one, but there could have been more chances in a one-on-one - I think that's my point - if we had played that final ball through. It wasn't to be and we were a bit edgy and a bit nervy but that is perhaps the pressure of being in the top six and playing a team that is struggling at the bottom.

JB: What did you make of the goal - a good finish by Leon Best?

RS: Yes, it was a good finish. He has done exceptionally well in terms of his finishing since he has been here and we are delighted with what he has done for us.

JB: The crowd got a bit edgy as well and towards the end there were a few nervous moments and they hit the post. How nerve-racking was it at the end?

RS: Yes, Brentford didn't really create too many chance to be honest. It was a great cross that has hit the top of the crossbar and come out. It would have been very fortunate if it had dropped in, but when you are 1-0 up things like that can happen. But we kept a clean sheet and that was important and it was enough to win the game.

JB: Fifth in the league table and the playoff chase continues.

RS: Yes, of course it does. I said before the game that there are probably nine teams chasing those top six slots. And I mean top six slots because there is only four points between us and the top clubs. There are nine teams, six places to be grabbed and a lot of football to be played.

JB: Any future signings in the pipeline as January progresses?

RS: Yes possibly. I'll have another look at it next week. You know the sort of player that I want to bring here. I've already told you one of the players, so not much guesswork needed there!

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