Interview : Russell Slade : 13/10/2007
Russell Slade talks to BBC Radio Bristol after the 2-1 win over Carlisle
Russell Slade
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Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade talked to BBC Radio Bristol's Ben Orr after his side had beaten Carlisle United 2-1 at Huish Park on October 14th 2007.

RS: It's been another difficult week, to be honest. We lost Stewie to a fitness test this morning. He has been instrumental in our last two or three performances obviously. Then of course we lost Lee Peltier at half time with a reoccurrance of that injury. He went in for a full-blooded tackle after about 10 or 15 minutes and I thought he was struggling after that somewhat, but he tried to get through it. Unfortunately he is back where he was before really and struggling for fitness.

Having said that, I thought it was a very open game today in many ways. They played lop-sidedly with almost three up front and we were three up front today. We went 4-3-3 which was the first time I'd done that this season, to try and take the pressure off the back four a little bit and to try and create a few more chances. We got 13 or 14 crosses in the first half. I thought we should have made a little more use of them.

In the second period, we were set back by the goal from Carlisle. It came in at the back stick where we left him unmarked. Fortunately we showed some good character today and we came back and got the equaliser, deservedly so in my opinion. Then we went on and got the winner from a great free kick. I don't know why Nathan was on it! Although perhaps the reason why he was on it was because Peltier was off at half time. So maybe these injuries are beginning to give us our share of luck as well. So it was a great finish for him. It's nice firstly to come from behind because we don't do that too often, and secondly to score two goals at home and win a football match in front of our home fans.

BO: It was a very entertaining game today. We talked before the game about the need for positivity and your players showed plenty of that as well as great determination and spirit. You must be really proud of your players today.

RS: Yes, we've still got loads more to do and we have to try and improve. But we played a very good side today, in my opinion, and we matched them and created chances throughout. There was a scramble in the second half which we thought was over the line which might have given us a bit more comfort in the game. But it wasn't to be and I just have to be satisfied that we got the three points today. I'm pleased with the effort. The boys are having Monday off and they've earned that. We've put in a big shift. It's the same players that have put in a big shift over the past 14 days with the four games that we've had across each Saturday and Tuesday. So they have earned that and hopefully they can come back a little fresher when we take on Bristol Rovers on Saturday.

BO: You've moved up to ninth after today's game. After a bit of downward momentum with the way things have been going, it's nice to be able to look up again.

RS: Yes, although we've always tried to look up and be positive. We know how tight the league is and how tight points are. We just feel that if we can hang on in that top 10, and then begin to get one or two of our players back, then maybe we can still be competitive when the league really gets going and points become absolutely vital.

BO: When you went 1-0 down were you worried at any point? Around me the spectators didn't seem to be that bothered and felt that Yeovil could still get back into it.

RS: Well you always believe your team can get back into it. But it was good to get back into it so quickly and that was the point. We equalised and then the momentum was with us then. I thought there was only going to be one winner once we got the equaliser. We were right on the front foot and creating chances and we looked a threat today from set plays and that was good because that is how we got the opening goal.

BO: You said the players will get a day off on Monday. What about Jim Joyce? He deserves a rest, doesn't he?

RS: You're not wrong! I think everyone needs a bit of a break at the minute. Jim has been doing some overtime. He is a terrific physio and with some of the players that we've managed to put out over the past few weeks, you will never know what they have been carrying. He has managed to do that for us and he has managed to make us competitive enough.

BO: So a win today that is a reward not only for yourself but for the team and for everyone else around as well.

RS: Yes, it's been a massive massive effort and it's a good sign that when the chips are down - last week we conceded a goal in the 89th minute and we got taken to penalties in midweek against Hereford and then we've played a team today that are bang in form and have scored eight goals in two games and we have been able to take the game to them in large parts. I thought we throughly deserved the win.

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