Interview : Russell Slade : 10/02/2007
Russell Slade talks to BBC Radio Bristol after the 4-1 win at Carlisle
Russell Slade
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Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade talked to BBC Radio Bristol's Richard Hoskin after his side had beaten Carlisle United 4-1 at Brunton Park on February 10th 2007.

RH: Russell it was an amazing game with a smash'n'grab performance. What is your take on proceedings?

RS: Obviously we've come a long way and so to come back with three points is very very satisfying. And obviously the circumstances make it even more so, to be honest, because Carlisle dominated proceedings in the first half and could have quite easily have gone in 3-0 or 4-0 up themselves. We reshaped a little bit at half time. That wasn't my team in the first period. In the second period it was. It was a team that was prepared to roll up their sleeves and battle. Once we got that first goal, I think that gave us a bit more confidence and provided we could defend resolutely I always felt we were a threat on the break. And so it proved when we got the second goal.

RH: How important was your half time team talk, especially with three players injured. How did you get the players confidence up to score four goals in the second half?

RS: Well you'll have to ask them that. But there were honest words said - let's put it that way. The dressing room is a very private place and it is certainly not for you. It's between me and the players and words were said. I think that I was right in what I was said and I expected a lot better. Fortunately for them and for me, and more importantly for the club, we got it.

RH: And you're delighted that Wayne Gray scored the first goal.

RS: Yes, fantastic. The boys that came on did a terrific job today. Anthony Tonkin who came on did a terrifc job. Scott Guyett who came on did a terrific job. Wayne worked very very hard alongside Leon Best in the second period.

RH: And Leon showed his class with those two goals in the second period.

RS: It was a great header. It might have looked as though the keeper had it but he didn't. Leon headed it first. I think if you watch that one again that it was a great header. It was a good ball in by Sweeney, a great cross and a great header and obviously it was a great reward for us.

RH: Would Carlisle feel hard done by with the fourth goal going in at the end like that?

RS: Yes, absolutely, the result flatters us. There are no qualms about that. But what we can do is score. We took the goals well. We were ruthless in the way that we took them in the second period.And obviously Carlisle paid for not putting the game beyond our reach in the first period.

RH: As the saying goes, it's the sign of a good side when you don't necessarily play well but still get a good result?

RS: Yes, I have to say it was very worrying in the first half. To go in at 1-0 down was probably the best that we could hope for. We readjusted and as I've said we had a few strong words because that was what it was all about really. It wasn't about the quality of my players because we know that when we are on song that we are capable of winning football matches. But we certainly weren't prepared in the first half to go about our business in the right manner.

RH: Is there any concern about the three players injured? How are they at the moment?

RS: Well Marcus has taken a calf strain which is not too clever. Forbesy is not injured and Scotty Guyett came on for him. Lindy has done his thigh, so that is the negative coming out of the game. We have got two injuries and obviously will mean those players are out for a certain length of time. For how long as yet I don't know. I'll have to speak to the physio and have a body count on Monday.

RH: Will you look at the loan market potentially?

RS: Possibly. As I say we'll have to look at the situation on Monday. But we are in a great position and we don't want to throw it away. If that means that we have got to strengthen the squad then so be it.

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