Interview : Russell Slade : 18/08/2007
Russell Slade talks to BBC Radio Bristol after the 1-0 win over Port Vale
Russell Slade
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Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade talked to BBC Somerset Sound's Drew Savage after his side won 1-0 against Port Vale on August 18th 2007.

RS: I thought we started off very promisingly. There were a couple of decent phases early on. We managed to get a goal and it was a well taken goal by Justin Cochrane with good work from Ritchie Jones down the right hand side that put us in front and I thought deservedly so. In the second half it was a bit scrappy. There were lots of free kicks and lots of balls that we had to defend, particularly from corners and in the end Mildenhall has made two great saves. We've still remained a threat on the break. Warne could have scored, possibly Owusu could have scored to make life a little bit easier for us. I'm delighted with the resilience, especially after Tuesday night's game. It was important for us to defend well enough to win a football match and that is what it has turned out to be today.

DS: You made five changes to the side today, so does that go down as managerial nouse, or simply the fact that the players did what you wanted them to do?

RS: Obviously there are lots of new bodies and lots of new faces and we are trying to gel, get better and improve and be a threat again in the league this season. Things haven't at times gone according to plan. We've had injuries but we've soldiered on. There's been one or two young faces like Craig Alcock, and if you look at the age of some of the players like Peltier and Ritchie Jones who are 19 or 20, Darryl Knights came on and he is 19 or 20. There's some young boys in there and it is all good experience for them. But they've got to learn quickly. At this moment in time, I am throwing them in and I am giving them their opportunity to impress.

DS: And the goal came from two players making their home debuts.

RS: Yes, obviously I've just mentioned that I am delighted with the goal as it was a well taken goal and I thought at the time it was deservedly so.

DS: And if Lloyd Owusu had managed to knock that one in shortly afterwards, it would have been a slightly easier second half.

RS: Yes, I think so. I think we had opportunities to really take a second goal and we didn't and whilst it was 1-0 obviously Martin Foyle's team were still in it and were having a right go during the second half to get back into the game.

DS: Craig Alcock was awarded man of the match by the match sponsors. What is your take on that one?

RS: Yes, for a home debut for a young boy and a local boy, I am delighted for him. He knows he has got a lot to learn and other things to take on board, but he has handled it really well. He can go away and have a good weekend. He's got a great attitude and hopefully that will stand him in good stead.

DS: He was particularly solid in the air against a player like Akpo Sodje who has got a few inches on him as well.

RS: Yes, well I know Craig's attributes. He'll tackle and he'll the ball. He's whole-hearted and that's what he turned out to be today.

DS: The fans at Huish Park got behind you today, prior to the first home win today. A word on them, particularly after the ones who travelled to Hereford.

RS: Yes. Despite one or two reporters thinking that after one game that I'm under pressure, which is ridiculous and obviously they don't understand football, we've won a game now and as it happens, it's a better start than last year.

DS: And looking ahead to Northampton, the confidence that the players must have now will hopefully keep you going.

RS: We needed that. We needed to keep a clean sheet and that was very important to us. We've worked solidly since Wednesday, Thursday and Friday so that we are difficult to break down and difficult to beat, and so it proved.

DS: And it was, as you've been saying, an inexperienced side. Vale have got a lot of experience so that is testament to the quality of the players you have brought in.

RS: Yes, they are young, but they have got great enthusiasm and they are wanting to progress and have great careers in the game. They will make mistakes and that's sometimes why it doesn't flow how you would like it to flow but I was delighted with the contribution of many of the young players today.

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