Interview : Russell Slade : 25/08/2007
Russell Slade talks the BBC after the 2-1 win over Northampton
Russell Slade
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Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade talked to BBC Somerset Sound's Drew Savage following his side's 2-1 win over Northampton Town on August 25th 2007.

RS: I'm delighted that we've managed to come away with three points. Northampton is not an easy place to come to and get three points. I don't think it is anyway. I know they didn't get off to the greatest of starts last season at home, but they picked up and they began to be a force at home. I thought we were just getting on top when we got the goal. It was a really well taken goal by Justin Cochrane. We worked on our midfielders, as we did last week, to get them in behind Lloyd Owusu and we managed to do that and it put us 1-0 up. We also had the header which I think he (Owusu) should have polished off but it brushed against the bar. There were obviously some chances at both ends and Northampton managed to get back into the game before half time and I felt the momentum was with them by then.

In the second half, there were some very tired legs as the game went on. We managed to defend quite stoutly there, although they had one effort against the bar and another effort against the post. But I still felt that we were a little bit of a threat on the break. Whether we can consider ourselves slightly fortunate or not, we managed to keep going and we managed to get a great goal right at the end.

DS: And it was one of your substitutes, Anthony Barry, that set up Lloyd Owusu for the winner.

RS: Yes, I just thought that a nice fresh pair of legs was needed because now and again the game was opening right up. Having said that, if I'm honest I was settling for the draw.

DS: Marvin Williams was taken off, having already replaced the injured Paul Warne. Was that a tactical thing or was he injured as well?

RS: He did have a couple of bangs of course, but I did want to change it again. I just felt it was important that Stewie (Marcus Stewart) went up there to hold the ball up. And there he went, he held the ball up and played Anthony Barry in, and then Anthony played Lloyd in, so it worked for me.

DS: As you were saying, Lloyd could have done better with that free header he got, but that will have put a smile on his face.

RS: Yes, it did, I'm delighted for him and that will do his confidence a world of good to get a goal, particularly late on like that as well when there's a lot of tired limbs about, but he has finished it quite well.

DS: You've got plenty of young lads in there with the squad down to its bare minimum, but you must be pleased with the contribution of lads like Craig Alcock.

RS: Yes, they've got their opportunity now, and that's the thing, and whilst they are winning games they are doing themselves no harm at all. We've got some strong senior players to come back into the squad over the coming weeks hopefully and that will give the squad a competitive edge.

DS: It will be a much happier coach on the way home than it would have been if the final whistle had been blown a minute earlier.

RS: Yes, I think if you get a draw on your travels that's not a disaster, but to get the three points was very encouraging.

DS: That's the first time Yeovil have won at Northampton, so at a club where you used to be the assistant manager, that must be pleasing from a personal point of view.

RS: Yes, although it doesn't matter where you go, you just want to win football matches, and that's my job. We've managed to dig one out today, so I'm delighted.

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