Interview : Russell Slade : 28/02/2007
Russell Slade talks to BBC Radio Bristol after the 0-0 draw at Doncaster
Russell Slade
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Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade talked to the press after the 0-0 draw against Doncaster Rovers on February 27th 2007. Asking the questions were BBC Radio Bristol's Richard Hoskin and Chris Spittles.

RS: It might not be a bad thing to take a point back down the motorway. It was important to take something. I felt we started quite brightly but we threatened without sort of threatening in a way. Probably one of the best balls of the first half was the one by Marcus Stewart that found Chris Cohen at the back stick, but he got the ball stuck between his legs. That would have been a terrific opportunity for us. The final ball though wasn't the best in the first period. In the second period, to be honest I thought the game got a bit scrappy.

RH: You and Sean O'Driscoll will probably wish that the respective keepers were tested more severely.

RS: Yes, as I've said with some of the final balls. We've thrown so many balls into Neil Sullivan's hands, it was unbelievable at times. It was a very comfortable night for him bar one occasion in the second half when I thought that Skivo was just going to nip in over his head but it wasn't to be. To be fair I'm not sure that either side deserved to win the game tonight.

RH: If your strikers are not going to score you need your defence to play well and they were superb tonight. There were some very brave blocks throughout the game.

RS: That was my message at half time. I thought that if we did the nitty-gritty side of it really well tonight and that we got the blocks in, the tackles in and the headers in and that we did our jobs then I thought that in all honesty that we could get a goal. Normally we've done that. There's only been one occasion so far this season away from home that we've not got a goal. So I was hoping that we would get that vital goal. But it wasn't to be. Defensively it was a good display tonight, but as I've said, we just lacked that little bit of quality in the final third.

RH: You've won so many away games and set such high standards. But in May this away point could be crucial.

RS: Well it keeps Doncaster off us and it means that they've lost two points at home. Everyone is running out of games and that is the important thing. We've now taken seven points from nine and that is no small feat. We must keep going now, keep plodding along and keep the momentum going.

RH: And your midfield - were you pleased with them today? Nicky Law has a lively game today.

RS: In the first period I thought our midfield got on top with Chris Cohen, Nicky and with JP doing his normal role in sweeping up and breaking things up. But I thought we had a reasonable grip on the game particularly during that first period. But as I say both teams didn't really do enough tonight to earn three valuable points.

RH: Now you take this point to Port Vale on Saturday.

RS: Yes we do and obviously we will do our very best. It is a hard sequence of events right now and it has been over the last couple of weeks. We've been to Bournemouth away who are local rivals, we've had Swansea at home who are also rivals and then we've had Doncaster and we know Port Vale won't come any easier for us. But we are working very hard to bring back as many points as possible and hopefully we can get a few more in Saturday.

CS: You brought Matthew Rose in to be steady and that's exactly what he was tonight.

RS: Absolutely. He has not played much football as you'd know in the last three months, but he has come in and he was really steady and strong. He is a good professional and it wasn't a problem for him which is exactly what we needed.

CS: Oldham lost tonight so you have gone another point clear of them.

RS: Yes from that point of view it is good although Blackpool get three vital points at the same time. There are still probably eight or nine clubs in with a fantastic opportunity of getting one of those top six slots.

CS: Lee Morris had another run-out and in every day that passes he gets stronger and fitter.

RS: Yes, that is good for him and he had another bit of a run-out on Saturday and another little run-out tonight. What we probably did miss tonight if anything was that little bit of extra height up front where we are winning those headers and turning Doncaster's back four a little bit. That is something that we maybe miss with Besty. We have other players of course but it would be nice obviously if we could get somebody else in the camp.

CS: Does that mean that you're still making phonecalls and that is the type of player you're after?

RS: Well I never stop really. I'm not obsessed but I am trying to do everything possible to make sure that now we are in that good position that we don't waste that opportunity.

CS: You changed the midfield tonight. Was that just to make it a bit more solid away from home?

RS: Yes and the fact that Doncaster played three in there. It was important to stifle their midfield a little bit and I thought that we did that to good effect, particularly in the first period.

Qu: That's the first of three away games. Do you set yourself any sort of points target for those away games?

RS: Well I think really Yeovil have to take each game as it comes. I know that sounds simple, but simplicity is probably the best form of attack. All we concentrated on was doing our very best against Doncaster. We failed a little bit in terms of our quality and we are disappointed with that and particularly our final ball, but as I say at the end of the day it is still a valuable point.

CS: Are you going to have Scott Guyett back and available for Saturday?

RS: Yes he has a much better chance of being back. That helps me because it gives me another strong defender at my disposal.

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