Interview : Russell Slade : 21/07/2007
Russell Slade talks to BBC Radio Bristol after the 0-2 defeat against Cardiff City
Russell Slade
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Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade talked to BBC Radio Bristol reporter Chris Spittles after his side had lost 2-0 at home to Cardiff City on July 22nd 2007.

RS: I was very pleased with the first half performance in many ways, despite the two penalties, which was a bit of a mugging really. I thought we played some better stuff and we looked a lot more together back in a 4-4-2 formation. I thought one was a penalty but I thought one was exceptionally harsh. I thought that was a little bit hard on our first half performance to be honest.

CS: Of course one of the penalties was saved and it would have been nice if that could have been pushed away from goal.

RS: Yes, the fortune lay with Cardiff on that occasion. But let's just make sure we get out of the way all the penalties we are going to concede before the season starts!

CS: You had the trialist Castro Sito, how do you think he did?

RS: He did OK. He was fine. He's played at a good level, hasn't he? He was a big signing under Joe Royle and Joe gave him a long term contract. He has a year left at Ipswich, but he played well today.

CS: Hughes started his first game for you as well.

RS: Yes, it was a big ask for him at 17, and there were some good things from him. It was probably not the impact that he has made in coming on as a sub in recent weeks, but he has got a bright future ahead of him.

CS: You said you went back to a 4-4-2. Do you feel that the players are more comfortable with that system?

RS: I think it is all about finding the right balance and the right chemistry within the squad that you've got. It might have been that using three (in midfield) was the right way to do it, or it might have been four. But we are bringing in a wide man next week, so that will lean us towards playing a 4-4-2 formation, which we did for the majority of last season.

CS: You've got a deal sorted out then, but are not ready to announce it at this stage?

RS: You've got that in one. We've got somebody sorted out and we're hopeful that will be completed on Monday or Tuesday at the latest.

CS: So that will bring to fruition the end of a few weeks of frantic phone calls. You've been trying hard all summer to bring in new players, haven't you?

RS: Yes of course. And you learn more about your squad in pre-season, with new boys playing and coming into the team as these games go on, and we need now to add. What these games have done is they've shown us or highlighted where we need to be better or need improvement.

CS: You obviously feel that is in the wide positions then?

RS: Yes, certainly by bringing a direct wide player in, I think that will be advantageous to us.

CS: Nathan Jones missed out again. How much of a worry is his injury to you?

RS: He's just opened up his knee ligaments a little bit. It was touch and go; if it had been a league game today he would have played, but there was no point in taking any risk of him suffering further damage. So we will fully expect him to be back for the Bristol City game.

CS: Mark Lynch, despite playing out of position, had his normal steady game at left-back today.

RS: Yes, I think Mark is one of those characters who has been working exceptionally hard, which he did at the back end of last season, and he is just trying to get his form back now. He'll be disappointed that he got involved in the penalty that probably never was. But he got involved in it, nevertheless. But he is searching for his form and he'll come back to that form for sure.

CS: In the pre-season friendlies to date, quite a few of the players have played 45 minutes and then left the pitch, but you're tending to play them for longer now as their fitness improves.

RS: Yes, of course. You need a little bit more stability with the squad as trialists come and go and tend to leave us as the weeks go on now.

CS: Ashan Holgate wasn't in the squad today. Has he now left you?

RS: Yes he has and that's a typical example.

CS: And the game on Tuesday now. Do you expect to take a full-strength side on Tuesday to Worcester?

RS: No, I will play those boys who haven't had the minutes on the pitch that the likes of Paul Warne, Terrell Forbes and Terry Skiverton have had. The likes of Darryl Knights, Ishmael Welsh and Steve Maher all need plenty of football.

CS: Mark Marshall came on again today. Have you seen enough of him today to be able to make a decision on him?

RS: Yes, I have thank you.

CS: And you'll be telling us about that next week again?

RS: Yes, obviously I have to speak to the boy first. But this is what pre-season is about, isn't it? You're having a look at prospects and people who have been recommended to you and deciding whether they can step up to the mark.

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