Interview : Russell Slade : 03/03/2007
Russell Slade talks to BBC Radio Bristol after the 4-2 defeat against Port Vale
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Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade talked to BBC Radio Bristol's John Bennett after his side had lost 4-2 at Port Vale on March 3rd 2007.

JB: Russell, what went wrong today?

RS: I think it was a case of us starting both halves exceptionally poorly. We didn't seem to adapt to the conditions. Certainly from that point of view, Port Vale had an advantage. If you walk across that pitch it is really like a ploughed field now. To deal with that, you have got to do your basics well, clear the ball, defend well, be careful with your backpasses, be careful with your square balls. These are all things that we talked about and it appeared that one or two wanted to play their own game and playing their own game got us in trouble. There were four very very poor goals that we've given away today. I had visions of Rotherham when we were 2-0 down and got ourselves back into the game at 2-2. We shot ourselves in the foot just before half time that day. Today we did it just after half time and made life difficult for us at 3-2. Then of course there was a bit of a calamity between Martin Cranie and Steve Mildenhall. So we made life so so difficult for ourselves today. With defending like that you don't deserve to win football matches.

JB: How big a factor was the pitch today. As you say it looks shocking out there.

Massively, but we didn't adapt to it and that was our problem. We told them that life would be like that, but there was a reluctance to get it into their half and to get it into our strikers and play from there. We wanted to play subbuteo in our own third which was ridiculous in the conditions today and it got us into all sorts of trouble. Talk about giving them an opportunity to score a goal - it was frightening!

JB: It must have been frustrating as a manager when as you say it was mistakes that led to every single one of the goals.

RS: Yes absolutely. We'd kept three clean sheets on the bounce, so life for a manager is not easy when on the fourth occasion we concede four today. You'd expect four goals like that to be conceded over the course of a season but not over the course of 90 minutes. It was poor and there were contributions in that area from players that you wouldn't expect to be making elementary mistakes like we made today.

JB: You pulled it back to 2-2 at half time. Did you feel that you could go on and win the game despite not playing to your normal Yeovil standard?

RS: Of course, yes, we thought we were capable of doing something. We were obviously capable of scoring a goal against them. We got two back and it was a tremendous fightback and it showed a lot of character. But I warned them again that if they started the second half like they started the first half then they would find themselves 4-2 down. I wasn't wrong was I? I'm trying to give them the information and I'm trying to tell them what it would be like if they don't apply themselves, if they don't do the right things and if they don't do the basics right. Today we shot ourselves in the foot. People will be doing it my way - the Russell Slade way - and that is it. If they won't do it my way, then they won't be in the side.

JB: It looked like there were a few knocks towards the end of the game. Are there any injuries? Has Nathan Jones possibly played his last game before his operation?

RS: Maybe, we'll get (physio) Jim (Joyce) to assess that. There will be a few knocks and bruises but there should have been a few more knocks and bruises because we should have been coming off to take something back down the motorway.

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