Interview : Russell Slade : 29/09/2007
Russell Slade talks to the BBC after the 0-3 home defeat against Forest
Russell Slade
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Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade talked to BBC Radio Bristol's Ben Orr after the 0-3 home defeat against Nottingham Forest on September 29th 2007.

RS: Clearly it is a disappointing day for us. It is a bad day at the office. I thought there were key moments and key turning points in the game, which meant we were on the end of a 3-0 game. To be honest, I thought the 3-0 flattered Forest because there's no doubt that for an hour, I thought we were the better side. We were naive and made mistakes in the second period when once again we had to readjust at half time after we lost our skipper Terry Skiverton with a groin strain. I thought the gameplan worked perfectly well in the first half and people were doing their jobs. So it is frustrating times at the moment, because firstly I can't get the eleven out that I want and then when I do pick an eleven, I am having to make changes before the game has really started to unfold. That is frustrating.

I thought there were some good periods of play in the first half in terms of possession and there didn't look to be much in it. It looked as though one goal was going to decide it. I think though that when you have got players like Agogo, Tyson, Holt and you have Commons to come on, you've got a wealth of treasure in your chest and you've only got to defend well and do the nitty-gritty side of the game well. With them you are always capable of picking up a goal.

BO: The turning point was perhaps when Scott Guyett saw his header cleared off the line and then Forest went straight down the other end and opened the scoring.

RS: They didn't go straight down the other end and score. The fact of the matter was that Ritchie Jones sliced a ball out of play and then he gave away a needless foul which allowed them to take a free kick which they scored from. That's how they opened up their account. Yes, we had chances and as I've said for an hour we were well on top. And even after they went 1-0 up, the attitude was still good. I thought though that when it went 2-0 that I saw heads begin to drop a little bit, which is a little bit of a concern.

BO: What can you do about that when they side lacks a little bit of confidence having gone a goal behind?

RS: You tell me what to do about it! We're 2-0 down, it's been a difficult afternoon for us. We've got young players out there that are learning the game and unfortunately we were not good enough.

BO: Unfortunately you have got to got to bounce back quickly, although your team is good at that as their character has shown time and time again. There is another game on Tuesday.

RS: Yes, for sure. But it will be severely tested now, won't it? Because that is certainly the worst defeat we've had at home since I've been here, in terms of goals. It was not the worst performance, because at the risk of repeating myself, for an hour we were the better side.

BO: So you'll look to take the positives from that first hour as you try and pick the morale up for the Tuesday game?

RS: Well all I do in these situations, and that's not a problem for me, is that we have to work harder. That means players have to put in a bigger shift in terms of training and we have to have a timetable to put things right. Players are very quick to think about themselves, but do they think enough about the game? It is important that we focus on our game 110 percent right now, particularly after that defeat. That is what I will be asking from them.

BO: You mentioned Terry Skiverton and his groin injury. Is that likely to keep him out of the up-coming games?

RS: I've no idea. It's too early for me to tell. All I did was make a substitution at half time because my physio told me that the skipper could no longer go on. So I won't know that until we maybe find out tomorrow (Sunday) morning.

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