Interview : Russell Slade : 15/09/2007
Russell Slade talks to BBC Radio Bristol after the 0-1 defeat against Leyton Orient
Russell Slade
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Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade talked to BBC Somerset Sound's Drew Savage after his side had lost 0-1 at home to Leyton Orient on September 15th 2007.

RS: I don't know how we've lost a game of football today. I thought our attitude and our endeavour were excellent. There weren't too many chances during the first period, but I thought the better ones fell to us. There was a Paul Warne header and we looked dangerous on one or two occasions. In the first 10 minutes of the second period, I thought we started really brightly and we were on top. But they've got a striker in Boyd who is capable of scoring. I think Mildy will be disappointed with the goal. It's gone in on the near post and I think he'll be disappointed with that.

We'll have to wait and see what damage he's done with his injury. I don't know what it is as I've not spoken to the physio yet (later unofficial reports suggest it is a hip injury that was causing him muscle spasms in that area) so I don't know whether he is out a week or a month or whatever. I really don't know.

All I've got on my bench at the moment are young players. But (Jerahl) Hughes has come on, and Wilfried (Domoraud) has come on and they've all had a go for the cause and tried to get a goal. It was all one way traffic, despite skip (Terry Skiverton) being between the sticks and having nothing to do. I told him that it's an absolute piece of cake being in goal!

We're disappointed with the result, but I thought there were some encouraging things from the performance. I thought there were some good passages of play at times. If you are going to be ultra-critical, I thought we needed more balls into the box. When we did, we looked a danger but perhaps lacked that little bit of cutting edge that was going to make you go top of the table.

DS: Were you surprised at the way Leyton Orient sat back after Steve Mildenhall went off, or is that just the way they are?

RS: No not really, because let's be honest before they got the goal they were on the back foot. Then as soon as they scored their goal, they were on the back foot again. They only had one chance in 90 minutes and they've got a winning goal.

DS: You mentioned Steve Mildenhall's injury. It looks like he got the injury when he failed to make the save for the goal. Is that the right assessment of it?

RS: I honestly don't know the assessment of it. All I know is that I saw him kick it and then he went down in agony and then the next thing is that he is stretchered off, with no contact at all. So I don't know what he's done. It appears that it must be a muscle strain or a thigh pull, but I don't know.

DS: You also took off Ritchie Jones halfway through the second half. Was that a tactical thing or had he picked up a knock?

RS: No that was just tactical. I kept Stewie on because I thought he might get me a goal. I had Warney on so I had a centre forward on the left wing who looks dangerous and likes cutting in. He nearly got a goal for us in the last minute but it was a good challenge by their defender. Then I've gone with a wide one on the other side (Jerhal Hughes) just to get us some more width and to get some more crosses in.

DS: And as you've said, you put on Jerahl Hughes and Wilfried Domoraud and they were quite impressive and put themselves about.

RS: Yes, they didn't let themselves down. They've had a right go for the cause. I thought we deserved a late equaliser. I'll tell you what bamboozles me though - there were six minutes injury time played today. We had four minutes last home game plus two added. Today we had a goalkeeper down for six minutes and so it's amazing really that the injury time today was just as much as last time and yet today there were two injuries and a whole host of substitutions. That was quite strange. There is a lack of consistency generally.

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