Interview : Russell Slade : 06/04/2007
Russell Slade talks to BBC Radio Bristol after the 1-0 defeat against Scunthorpe
Russell Slade
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Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade talked to BBC Radio Bristol's Richard Hoskin after his side had lost 1-0 to League One leaders Scunthorpe United on April 6th 2007.

RS: Obviously the pitch played its part because conditions were far from good. Lots of sand, mud and turf were being churned up. So it wasn't easy from that point of view. There were going to be mistakes tonight and unfortunately we've made one in the form of an own goal just as Scunthorpe were trying to get into the first period, because I thought we did very well for the first 20 minutes. I thought we were in control and we were comfortable.

RH: Did you feel sorry for Nathan with that own goal because he had to make some kind of connection with that cross.

RS: Yes, of course I do, because he was absolutely fantastic a fortnight ago because he got us a winner in the 89th minute. It's just one of those unfortunate things. No blame is apportioned to that. The only thing that I would say is that there were one or two crosses too many coming in at that time of the game in the first period.

RH: What are the positives that you would take from tonight's game?

RS: A lot of positives. I thought as the away side we created three or four very good chances. Wayne Gray had a couple of chances in the first period and Marcus Stewart flicked on for Lee Morris so that was another chance. I thought we did OK. I thought we created enough, but it is not quite happening for us right now in front of goal, but if we play like that we are going to be fine.

RH: Was that Wayne Gray header the best chance of the game for you?

RS: It possibly was. He has got in front of his man and he could have directed it a little bit more than he did because there was no way that the keeper was going to get across to it.

RH: And at the other end, how satisfied were you with the defending, with Billy Sharp one of the best players in the division?

RS: I thought that over the 90 minutes Terrell Forbes did exceptionally well against him. I thought there was just one little lack of concentration when the ball has gone and they've gone to get it. But both Beckford and Sharp are a handful and are doing very well and by and large I thought that we did very well against them.

RH: It's a day off for you tomorrow (Saturday). Do you keep an eye on the other results?

RS: A day off? I don't think we will get back until about half past three in the morning! Obviously other results are going to affect us, but all I am interested in as I said after the game against Oldham is that we need to pick up these vital few more points that will take us into the playoffs but we need to be going into those playoffs in some sort of form. Tonight, I am upbeat because I saw some positive things tonight and that was us somewhere near our best, but without scoring.

RH: Looking forward to your next game against Leyton orient. What kind of test will they provide?

RS: A strong test. In this league everybody can beat each other and there are no easy games. You have to set your stall out and you have to perform. As I said to my players tonight, Scunthorpe will not pack up. They will keep going for the duration of the 90 minutes. There have been a few occasions - and don't forget ours is a new team whilst theirs has been about for eight or nine years with some of the players that they have had a chance to build here - where sometimes we don't perform in a particular half. But tonight by and large other than a 15 minute spell, as the away side we have performed well.

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