Interview : Russell Slade : 28/04/2007
Russell Slade talks to BBC Radio Bristol after the 1-0 win over Doncaster
Russell Slade
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BBC Radio Bristol's John Bennett talked to Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade after his side had guaranteed a playoff place as part of a 1-0 win over Doncaster Rovers on April 28th 2007.

JB: Congratulations, a playoff place is secure. How does it feel?

RS: It's just what the doctor ordered really. We didn't really want to be going to Gillingham knowing that we needed something. It was in our own hands and we took it into our own hands and I thought we focussed very well. I thought Doncaster set up to be very tight and make life very difficult for us. They even shuffled about in the second period to make life even more frustrating for us at times. But I thought we kept going and I thought we kept at it. We created a couple of openings. There weren't too many chances. There were probably a couple for Doncaster and three or four for ourselves but we managed to get the vital goal ourselves and it is no shock to see us win 1-0 at home. We seem a bit like boring Arsenal!

JB: Were you impressed with the character of your team today, particularly after losing your insperational skipper in the first half?

RS: Yes, I thought there was a real focus about us and I thought we stuck to our jobs really well today. There was only one real sticky period when Doncaster changed their shape in the second half. Sometimes for me to get the message across as to how I need them to adjust to that can take five, ten or fifteen minutes. Once we adjusted to that and I dropped Stewie in a little bit then pushed my other forward right up there and pushed my two wide men right onto the full-backs which is what I wanted to do and that made life a lot easier for us. We managed to do that in the end and it sort of nullified Doncaster a little bit. Obviously it was going to be tight and close, but Wayne Gray to his credit has nipped inside and hooked it over the keeper.

JB: What about the goal and his overall performance? He terrorised the fullback throughout the whole game.

RS: Yes, I thought he had a terrific first half. He put in some great crosses and he was twisting and turning. I thought he tired near the end but his presence and his application today was spot on.

JB: You're in a fantastic position aren't you, to be able to look forward to those playoffs with one game to go. What is your thinking going into next week's game?

RS: Yes, we're in a great position although I'm worried about the skipper. That's again a blow for us although we are so fortunate that we have got somebody like Scott Guyett who we can consider after an almost man-of-the-match performance for us last week, and he was spot on again for us. So we are fortunate from that point of view and Forbes is in terrific form at the back and covering round. He has probably in the last two home games, in my opinion, made the two tackles of the season. We mustn't forget his value at the centre of defence there.

With Skivo it is his groin but hopefully he can make a speedy enough recovery. But we do have the opportunity next week if we so desire to make changes. Skivo obviously won't take part in that but we need to also look at the likes of Chris Cohen who has been pushing himself through games recently just to get out there on the pitch. We can look at the situation as it gives us time to readjust and to draw breath perhaps for the first time in a few months. We can analyse the situation, push on and focus on what is going to be an unbelievable 180 minutes across home and away. The prize is a trip to Wembley and the possibility is still alive. The dream massively goes on for Championship football at this football club.

JB: So is there a chance that Terry Skiverton could be back for the playoffs?

RS: We hope so. We don't know obviously, because it was severe enough for him to warrant being taken off. He was taken off a fortnight ago, but obviously he started today. But something has gone. It seemed quite a bullish sort of collision and that's obviously had a bad reaction, because I don't think he had a reaction to it up until that point.

JB: Before the beginning of the season, the so-called experts were saying that you would be down at the bottom of the league. How proud are you personally to have guided Yeovil Town into the Top Six?

RS: Yes, very proud of the players that have come in and very proud of the players that remained here - the attitude that they've shown in the games is the main reason why we've remained in the top six places all season. It is a great achievement for them and their careers and I am just pleased to be a part of that. I came in here maybe under difficult circumstances after what was a difficult season under Gary Johnson and Steve Thompson and we've steered the football club in the right direction. There are a lot of people such as my own staff that need a mention, plus the Chairman and the Board of Directors who have given me great support with what was a big move for me to come from the north all the way down to Somerset. I've got no regrets and I just want to do whatever I can now in the next two or three games to try and take the team further.

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