Interview : Russell Slade : 21/05/2007
Russell Slade talks to BBC Radio Five Live about the Playoff Final
Russell Slade
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Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade talked to BBC Radio Five Live on Monday 21st May 2007 about his club's entry into the League One Playoff Final.

Qu: This has been quite some story around the playoffs. What has the reaction been like since Friday night?

RS: Fantastic, absolutely brilliant. I think we've sold something in the region of 23-24,000 tickets in just under two days which is unbelievable really, considering the population of Yeovil is just over 40,000.

Qu: Good grief, so that's in two days and we've still got another five to go. So possibly two-thirds of the town will be emptying out?

RS: Yes, for sure.

Qu: Not that I'm trying to encourage burglars! Going into the game, how did you keep the team level-headed for what was a big occasion for yourselves and the team, going into a full City Ground which would have been daunting for some teams. The way that Yeovil played throughout, especially towards the end of the game was a revelation. What did you say to the lads before and during half time?

RS: I think it was very important for us to have a real simple week and to do things normally. We had the normal day off and the normal training sessions, without over-highlighting things. We just carried on with that and there was a real focus. We felt hard done by in the first leg and there was a real focus to try and put things right for the second leg. I think in the first week we'd peaked all week and we were really ready for the first game and probably too much so. In the second game I wanted it to be a bit more relaxing, hence I took them 10 pin bowling just off Lenton Boulevard in Nottingham.

Qu: Is that a leaf out of Cloughie's book, in terms of giving them something to do. Mark Lawrenson was saying about players that get locked up in hotels before games which gives them so much time to think about what is happening. Going 10 pin bowling would probably have done the trick.

RS: Absolutely, we had a scream! The music was on and it was lively, and we had a bit of a competition and we really enjoyed it. It just took away any tension that may or may not have been there. We were nice and relaxed, but focussed going into the game. We were definitely going to go out and play our game, and I think that was the important thing. My message for them was - look we can do it, we've got enough quality, we can do it, and never stop believing when you are out there. Even if things are not going right, you just keep believing that you can win it.

Qu: So with the 10 pin bowling and now the build-up to the final, how does this work out for you guys now?

RS: Well, they've not been in today (Monday). We'll train on Tuesday, it will be a day off on Wednesday, we'll train on Thursday. We've got press then but we are restricting the press to an hour and a half on Thursday otherwise it will be ridiculous because again it is important to focus. We'll then train on Friday and have a very light session on the Saturday morning before we travel to London.

Qu: And will you try to get together to do something else collectively again?

RS: I don't know. It's one of those where you sometimes have to have a feel for the mood and the way your players are. If there is a little bit of anxiety then maybe I'll do something different. But if I think there is not, and I think things are going well, then we'll just carry on.

Qu: Russ, I'm going on Sunday. Will I be treated to that ruddy Tractor Song? Will the fans sing it?

RS: Well it's all getting very exciting. I just think they might buy me a cider farm if we get promoted!

Qu: You think so? Well if you get Yeovil promoted I think you deserve nothing less because to give this some perspective, six years ago, Leeds United were in the Champions League Final, whilst Yeovil were runners-up in the Conference and needed another two years to get up and now you're at least guaranteed to play them next season and might even be in the division above. It just goes to show how the natural order can change and it gives everyone an incentive.

RS: Absolutely, and it just goes to show how football in Somerset is alive. It is a lovely little football club. It is very well run, we've not fizzled out yet and I think there is still a hope for us to go further in the future. People might say we would not cope in the Championship but it would be nice to have the opportunity.

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