Interview : Russell Slade : 17/02/2007
Russell Slade talks to BBC Radio Bristol after the 0-2 defeat against Tranmere
Russell Slade
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Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade talked to BBC Bristol's Alistair Durden immediately after his side had lost 2-0 at home to Tranmere Rovers on February 17th 2007.

AD: Russell I think your expression says a lot. That one hurt didn't it?

RS: I make that the third opportunity that we have missed. I thought we missed a great opportunity when we went to the City Ground and I felt we missed a great opportunity against Millwall. I think we have missed a third opportunity today. It was frustrating. It wasn't that the game didn't go altogther according to plan. But it was too patchy for me. In the first half we had too much sword-fencing and not much happening. They were having greater possession with the way that they were set up.

Like a lot of teams, as I've said to you in the past, they've tried to stifle us and to play a certain way to make life difficult for us. Having said that, throughout the afternoon, there is no doubt that we had the better opportunities to put the ball into the net. That is what it is about in both boxes - doing it right.

The little fellow on their side (Chris Shuker) who has won the game on his own today has had two shots and two strikes. He ought to go and see Ronnie Moore for a rise because you don't get that in the Premier League. We had four great opportunities in the second period to go and get ourselves a goal and we failed. I thought that was vital. They got to open their account against the run of play and that has made life difficult for us. Gradually as the game has gone on, we've put numbers forward and in fact that has cost us the game.

With regards to their first goal, we do believe that the throw-in was a Yeovil ball. They've picked it up off us, taken it very quickly and of course Shuker has got at Skivo, where perhaps on another day he might have been wise to have brought him down or at least stopped him getting past. But he got past, and in fact he has finished well. Both of his finishes were excellent. We've switched off a bit for the second one, but the angle was still acute and he has fired in brilliantly with his left foot. So it is a really disappointing result for us. At home, especially, that is becoming a bit of a concern.

AD: How can you put that right, because doubtless you are trying different things to turn around the home form?

RS: Well it's not easy to put right, is it? For one thing, I'm not sure what team I am able to put out onto the pitch from week to week, as we have suffered with injuries and suspensions recently. That doesn't make life easy. The fact that opposition are coming here - Tranmere are by and large a 4-4-2 team as their reporters will tell you. Today they have changed their shape to try and stifle Yeovil Town. We are finding that difficult. We are needing to field our best side, our best eleven, if we are going to be competitive at the top of the table throughout the season. Today I thought we lacked that little bit of bottle in their box. I thought there were several great crosses that went in this afternoon. People were not really having that - whether it is a desire or whether it is an ability - to go and put their head on the ball and to make sure that ball somehow goes into the back of the net. Because if we were to have scored first today, then of course it would have been a different story.

AD: Nicky Law's debut. How do you think he did?

RS: I thought he grew into the game as the game went on. I thought he took on more responsibility. We worked hard, he got crosses in during the second half, and he was prepared to go past people. That was what we said in there. People have got to be prepared to take responsibility and go past people and make things happen. At the times when we did make things happen and we did get the ball into the box then we have got to make sure that we got our head on the ball or that we got our foot on the ball to turn that ball in. That is not just the front two because I though Leon Best worked tirelessly. That's centre-halves, that's midfielders - they've got to get their head in there or get their foot in there, they've got to mean it and they've got to be ruthless. That's a side that we need in our game. We were ruthless at Carlisle last week in the second half with our finishing. Today we weren't.

AD: Leon Best has got one game left. How close are Marcus Stewart and Lee Morris to making a return?

RS: Well you will have to speak to the physio. He is working with them and we are hopeful that they will be back shortly but how short that is, I really don't know.

AD: In the meantime are you scouring now for a Leon Best replacement when he has to go, or do you think you have got enough in your squad?

RS: No, clearly we haven't got enough. That is for all to see. We've got a small squad and sometimes that gets stretched. Today we were a little bit stretched. You hope and you work on it and you try and get a result. Obviously we were not quite good enough.

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