Interview : Russell Slade : 31/03/2007
Russell Slade talks to BBC Radio Bristol after the 1-0 defeat against Oldham
Russell Slade
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Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade talked to BBC Radio Bristol's John Bennett immediately after his side had lost 1-0 against Oldham Athletic on March 31st 2007.

JB: Russell an uncharacteristic performance from your team today.

RS: Well clearly this season our form away from home has been pretty good but there have been a few occasions when we have not got going at all. If I think back to Carlisle in the first half, we never really got going although we did end up winning that game and today in the first half I didn't think we got going at all. Credit to Oldham as they set their stall out considerably better than we did and to be honest they could have been at least two goals up at half time and quite frankly they would have deserved that.

In the second period when it is sometimes all too late, we huffed and we puffed and we had one great chance with Wayne Gray but we didn't create too many other opportunities during the whole of the game. But we were better in the second period. We had a lot of possession in the middle of the park but it is all about putting the ball in the back of the net and doing it right in both boxes. The first goal was a poor one to give away, albeit that we think he may not have meant the pass. So they may have got a little bit of fortune today but they certainly deserved that opener. That put us on the back foot as well because if you look at their form when they go in front, like ourselves, they don't very often lose football matches.

The bobbles on the pitch played their part for both teams. Sometimes it affects your clearances and things like that. Sometimes I didn't think we cleared the ball very well, but then Oldham had similar problems in the second half trying to clear the ball and then we were picking the ball up and able to go forward once more.

JB: You mentioned their goal - the goalscorer McDonald seemed to have a lot of space.

RS: Yes, he was there in or around the edge of the box, and Terrell Forbes has gone to Leon Clarke who has come off at the angle, and it looks as though he is going to reverse it into them, but he has hit the straight one and Forbesy has mis-read it in the end. But I have got three midfielders in today, so why one of them is not close enough to one of their two midfielders is a little bit frustrating. I'm sure the video will reveal all!

JB: There was Wayne Gray's chance. You brought on two substitutes and I thought they looked quite lively.

RS: Well certainly for the first five or six minutes they did, didn't they? Darryl nearly got in behind on one occasion and Wayne Gray did get in behind but couldn't quite direct it into the net. As I say in the second half we huffed and puffed and had a lot of possession without really working the keeper. There was one that flashed past the post and there was Lee Morris that tried to curl one in. But I think when you have started as badly as that in such an important clash, to then try and reorganise and adjust in the second period away from home sometimes gives you too much to climb. And it was certainly too much for us to climb today against a side who are strong at home. They have proved that over the season and they are one of our competitors in that they are also in the top six and so they are simply not going to give a lead away so simply. It just doesn't happen.

JB: Swansea lost today. Is that a big bonus for you looking at the league table and the results after the game?

RS: Yes, my concern to be honest is not what the others do because two wins and possibly a draw may be in the end enough. But it is the bigger picture that we need to look at. We are lacking so much consistency at the moment - we are winning one then losing one. We need that consistency, firstly if we are to get into the playoffs and secondly if we are going to make a good shot of it in the playoffs.

JB: John Sheridan mentioned that he felt that two wins would get Oldham into the playoffs. You're level on points with them - do you think that is the case?

RS: Yes, as I've said, I think seven points is going to be about right. You're then asking Swansea then to win possibly five games out of their last six and that's a tall order as they go to Bristol City next week. But I don't want to be relying on others to be honest. We want to be going into these remaining games of the season and having some form to go into the playoffs because that form then breeds a little bit of confidence.

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