Interview : Russell Slade : 02/10/2007
Russell Slade talks to the BBC after the 0-0 draw with Luton Town
Russell Slade
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Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade talked to BBC Somerset Sound's Drew Savage after his side had drawn 0-0 against 0-0 on Tuesday 2nd October 2007.

DS: I thought the second half was the best half of football I've seen from Yeovil Town this season - it had everything but the goal.

RS: Well you wouldn't think so by listening to a couple of the fellows behind me. They need a reality check to be honest. Yes, we haven't scored enough goals at home. I understand that and can take that on the chin. But we have got seven injuries. If wants to come down, or if a few of them want to come down and start managing the football club, then they can start writing into me and they can do so.

DS: It was a very interesting tactical battle between yourself and Kevin Blackwell, where you started off with a more open 4-4-2 but their tactics seemed to counteract that quite well and you had a bit of a rethink midway through the first half.

RS: This football team - Luton - were in the Championship last season. They have more to spend. They have a bigger budget, as do Nottingham Forest, despite our 'Laurel and Hardy performance' which was quoted (by a paper) for the second half, which was a disgrace. In the second half, I thought we got to grips a little bit with them. We changed the shape and we went one up front and I felt we nullified them and we created around eight chances in the second period, including one where we should have had a penalty in my opinion.

DS: I take it you mean the handball, as you saw it. Certainly the referee signalled for a push very quickly - what was your take on that?

RS: My take was that I thought there was a handball in there. I don't think anyone was doing any damage at all. Above and beyond that, we had seven or eight chances during the second half. A couple of them were half chances but a couple of them were great chances. In the end we could have won that football match despite being outplayed in the first period.

DS: The sponsors gave the man of the match to Anthony Barry but I thought Lee Peltier had a hell of a game at right-back.

RS: Again that's another fan not seeing it the right way. Lee Peltier I thought was magnificent all night, to slot in at full-back. It is the first time he's done it here, he's only 20 and I thought he was magnificent.

DS: And bursting forward as well, he forced a great save from the goalkeeper.

RS: Yes, he did. He had a great game, both going forward and defending. I thought we were solid at the back. We kept a clean sheet which was pleasing having let in three goals last week. That was the pleasing part, along with us creating eight chances during the second half. It's not easy though. We've hung in there, we're still in or around the top seven or eight in the table. we've had seven major injuries, and at times we've had 10 players out. We're hanging in there. Things aren't right and we're having to dig in. We're actually producing small miracles at this moment in time at this football club and people don't appreciate it, and nor do some journalists by the way!

DS: In the second half, there was some good attacking football and it was just frustrating not to get the goal.

RS: Yes, it was very frustrating. But at least we go to Leeds on Friday, ready for the game on Saturday with a little more positivity around the place. We didn't play well in the first period and we were up against it, but it was great character that shone through in the second period.

DS: And Simon Gillett who you brought into the side to replace Terry Skiverton was very busy and buzzing around and linking well with both defence and attack.

RS: We're doing our best with what we've got! One or two people might argue why haven't I thown on a few substitutes. On Saturday, Forest were able to throw on Kris Commons. With no disrespect to Darryl Knights, I was able to throw on Darryl Knights. We're a gulf away from other football clubs in this and it angers me that people don't see through that.

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