Interview : Russell Slade : 03/08/2007
Russell Slade Talks To BBC Radio Bristol After The 2-2 Draw At Torquay United
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Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade talked with BBC Radio Bristol reporter Chris Spittles after the 2-2 draw at Torquay United on August 4th 2007.

Yeah, thats our final workout. The biggest concern probably at the end was how we came out of it in terms of injuries because weve got one or two there. We got a knock to Lee Peltier; hes come off in the end. Mark Lynch is carrying a knock and Lloyd Owusu an ankle injury so, thats a little bit of a concern, but hopefully its not too serious for us.

In terms of the game itself, it was a great workout for us. They (Torquay) are playing a pre-season game, have got new belief and enthusiasm in terms of getting back into the league and they are probably a much better side than the one that was relegated. They played it as if it was a cup tie to be honest, which was good from my point of view. It gave us a good tempo. It was a good workout.

I think we created the better chances despite their huffing and puffing. I think we created about six or seven chances I counted and I think they scored from two from their three chances they had during the evening.

I thought we finished the game very strong and Id have reported the Referee to the league if that was a league game because he surely has to give us one of those that, what I thought, was stonewall penalties.


CS: Were you disappointed the two goals you conceded both came from set pieces?
RS: Yeah, to a certain extent because thats not us, thats uncharacteristic of ourselves. Having said that Chris, we havent done the work that I want to do in terms of defending those situations. We need to do more work on those, which is something we are doing the week leading up to the start of the season. To make sure that from set plays, because all four of the goals have come from set plays tonight and so its as big a worry to them as it is to me. Yeah, we are normally a bit better than that but, well work on that, I dont think that will be a big issue come the start of the season, but well try and solve it.


CS: After going behind 1-0, you hit back within, I think, 60 seconds. You must be pleased to hit back so quickly and Marcus looks very sharp in the box at the moment?
RS: Yeah, hes got his third goal hasnt he of pre-season, which is pleasing really. Fox in the box really, he hit it first time, straight in the corner so, no worries with that. Lee had a great chance as well to get us a goal and probably, to be honest, the best move of the half was when we played some lovely one touch and two touch football and Lee Peltier hit over the bar from fairly close range and that would have been a great goal.

CS: Scott Guyett scored. Do you think perhaps he can contribute more from the attacking set pieces, perhaps get a few more goals?
RS: Yeah, I think thats something he can work on. Do you know I think Scott is a better player than what he was 12 months ago; I think playing in those important games towards the back end of the season have played a big part in his development. Even though hes 30 now, I think hes more composed and confident at the level now than he has ever been and hes always been a good professional. If he can develop that part of his game a little bit further, then that will be fantastic.

CS: You mentioned the three injuries. Lloyd obviously has an ankle injury, do you know what the other two lads problems are?
RS: I think Lynchy was foot, he was seeing Jim for foot. Not quite sure with Lee, he had a bit of a dead leg in the week. I dont know if its a bit of a reoccurrence of that or whether hes got an extra kick on. The way he plays, I mean, he just throws himself into things. Hes going to pick up injuries, isnt he?

CS: Two players didnt travel with you tonight, Paul Warne and Mark Bircham, whats the update on them Russell?
RS: Theyve got injuries, hamstring and a kind of a back problem. Well its right in the bum to be honest but, we wont go there will we? Hopefully, they will be back sooner rather than later. I thought we probably missed Paul Warne to a certain extent tonight.

CS: You still want to recruit, so you will be back on the phone over the weekend I assume to try to get a player or two in before next Saturday?
RS: Yeah, you know that I want to try and bring in two more players before the start of the season. I am patiently waiting for one out of the Premier League which, I hope, will drop for us next week. Of the others, I am still spinning plates with a front man that I would also like to bring in. Well have to wait and see. Hopefully we can get the business done but, if not, we wont panic. I mean, were not looking bad. There are things to work on; I think thats important that there are things to work on. Were not the final article by a long, long way.


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