Interview : Russell Slade : 14/04/2007
Russell Slade talks to BBC Radio Bristol after the 0-2 defeat against Bristol City
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Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade talked to BBC Radio Bristol's John Bennett after his side had lost 2-0 against Bristol City on April 14th 2007.

JB: Russell, what's your reaction to that defeat today?

RS: Well as hard as it is to swallow, I can just about stomach the defeat. But I think that the bigger disaster for us today is that we've lost Terry Skiverton with either a groin or a hernia problem and Chris Cohen with ankle ligaments and Scott Guyett, our substitute for Skivo and our number one header of the ball for a couple of games. I do want to look at the video obviously, because I do feel that the penalty, the penalty decision and the sending off was a big turning point from our point of view. I thought Bristol City were the better side in the first half and we struggled to get to grips in the heat with their three in midfield.

In the second half I thought we were much better and at the stage I thought we were probably on top. We had a couple of good efforts. Arron Davies, Andy Lindegaard, Wayne Gray, a Marcus Stewart header just to think of a few and I thought we were well in the game and obviously doing a lot better than we did in the first half. But with 10 men in the heat and at 2-0 down we just stuck at it and that is the best we could hope for. It's three points lost, I know that, and it is a gutter losing to your local rivals. But the bigger picture is always important and today the possibility of losing them (Skiverton, Guyett and Cohen) for the remainder of the season is something that is very hard to swallow.

JB: Do you know how long they will be out for yet? Could it be the rest of the season?

RS: No, you're giving me the six million dollar question and I couldn't answer that. Jim Joyce will have them in tomorrow and reassess them again, but he is not committing himself before the end of the season right now so I don't know whether it is going to be Saturday or the Saturday after or the Saturday after that. Obviously for Yeovil Town to lose key players like Terry Skiverton, Scott Guyett and Chris Cohen is a complete blow. Teams like Bristol City and Forest can lose one or two key players and still bring in key players. You'll notice today that Cole Skuse didn't even make the bench for them. They have got big squads in abundance and obviously we've not got that and it could be a bitter blow for us.

JB: Going back to the penalty and the sending off, you might not have seen the video but have you got an early question about the decision?

RS: Well I'm only just grasping it (the copy of the video) now, so I want to look at it as soon as I possibly can. He (Mike Dean) seemed to take or hesitate in making the decision so that was a worrying thing. I'm not actually certain that the linesman gave it either. Then he just seemed to point to the spot when I thought that he was going to point for a goal kick. Then because he has given a penalty he then sees fit to send him off with a red card. But there's one thing for sure, if he was to referee the rest of Bristol City's games for the rest of the season then they'd have a great chance, wouldn't they?

JB: You had some good moments just after the half time. Was that the key moment when you had to take your chances?

RS: Yes we did, and I thought that we were gradually gradually working our way into the game. But as a contest, the game was over the moment that they went 2-0 up and we went down to 10 men. It was a pity really because you look forward to these games and players look forward to these games. I look forward to them and I'm sure Gary did. At 1-0, I thought that because we had got back into it, the game was still evenly poised.

JB: You say about the bigger picture, you've got two home games now and that must be pleasing because it is all in your own hands to get into the playoffs.

RS: Of course it is and that is what we must concentrate on and that is what I have said from the word go. I've not got carried away with any talk of automatic promotion. Our next step was to try and secure a playoff spot. We've not done that yet and we could do with a couple of wins. But that is not going to be helped by the possibility of us losing three key players.

JB: Finally Russell what about the fans? You had over 3,000 cheering you on today.

RS: Yes, it was a great atmosphere wasn't it, including Bristol City's fans as well. Our fans are always magnificent and I apologise for not sending them home with a smile on their face. But I thought our 10 men carried on and stuck to their tasks and tried to make things happen in very difficult circumstances. That's life though; sometimes you have to take that on the chin and you have to mature as a side and as individuals from those sort of situations and be stronger next time.

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