Interview : Russell Slade : 27/10/2007
Russell Slade talks to BBC Radio Bristol after the 1-2 defeat against Swansea
Russell Slade
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Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade talked to BBC Somerset Sound's Drew Savage after the 1-2 home defeat against Swansea City on October 27th 2007.

RS: I thought it was a very good game today. We were up against a very good side. They were a very accomplished side, who pass the ball in the right manner. But on reflection, I felt that the best team - and I'm not saying in terms of individuals, I'm saying in terms of team - I thought the best team lost today. I thought we created decent chances throughout the 90 minutes. We were always trying to pull a goal back, and even at 1-1 we were trying to push on and get the winner. I thought that was a little bit harsh on us. We had good chances and sometimes you've got to take the positives out of the performance. I was really pleased with the performance today by most of my players.

DS: Great to see Kevin Betsy get his first goal as well.

RS: Yes, Kev has got his goal and he probably could have had another one today. There were some good things. I thought we created six or seven great openings right up until the last moment when James Walker had a great opportunity and he was very unlucky because it came off the underside of the crossbar. Nathan Jones had a great free kick and the keeper has made a very good save in the first period. I thought we did well. Mildy has had very little to do in the second period, and I think he made one save in the first half and probably one in the second half and that was about it for him today.

DS: You were forced to reshuffle your side slightly in the first half. Marcus Stewart went off. Was that a reoccurrence of his hamstring injury?

RS: Yes, it has cramped up and it was important really that he didn't do any damage to it. He's obviously not right. So we've miscalculated that one a little bit. We'll have to go back to the drawing board with the physio and see how much time he requires.

DS: You made some adjustments at half time and I don't think I've ever seen a 20 minute spell where so many chances were created. Did you feel that when that little rush was over that maybe it wasn't going to go your way?

RS: I just felt the conditions played a part today, because Swansea had the wind in the first half. I felt that if we could get the ball forward a little more often during the second half and back play up a little bit then they would get the reward. They carried out those instructions and I felt we got some great balls into the box and put them under enormous pressure. There was only really one winner at 1-1.

DS: There was an incident at the end of the first half involving Lloyd Owusu and the goalkeeper de Vries. The fans on the Carlsberg Terrace weren't happy about that. Did you get a good view of that?

RS: Yes, but it was nothing. That's handbags and that happens in football. You see it every Saturday and I'm not concerned about that.

DS: So you're pleased with the manner of the performance, but you want to get to Crewe and put it right on the pitch.

RS: I just wanted something out of the game for a performance like that. That's the disappointment - that we had performed at that kind of level today, created six or seven good chances against a good side and you have to bear that in mind as well. I think Swansea are second in the table now. We've not got anything out of it and we thoroughly deserved to get something out of it today.

DS: You know you've seen a good game when you see both sets of fans applaud the team off the pitch.

RS: Yes, it was a good game today. I thought it would be a good contest today - a football contest. It was interesting although you still can't hide the disappointment of not getting a win or at least a point out of it.

DS: There was some great support from the Yeovil fans as well and there was an excellent atmosphere today.

RS: It was a good atmosphere. We had a crowd of over 6,000 which is what we were after. The fans were magnificent and got behind us and I thought it was a good game of football today and there could have been more goals.

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