Interview : Russell Slade : 06/11/2007
Russell Slade talks to BBC Radio Bristol after the 1-1 draw at Cheltenham
Russell Slade
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Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade talked to BBC Somerset Sound's Drew Savage after his side drew 1-1 against Cheltenham Town on November 6th 2007.

RS: Clearly we knew exactly what to expect and I prepared the players in that manner. We knew it could be a bombardment. They hit the ball early which they've done with relative success over the years. In the first half I thought we were nice and composed and deserved the lead. But 1-0 was probably not going to be enough. Cheltenham piled forward in the second period. We had an inability and a lack of quality to keep the ball long enough. We perhaps should have first of all during the first 10 minutes turned them, stretched the pitch out and then be able to get on the ball and pass the ball around and keep the ball away from them. I was disappointed that we found ourselves with 11 players back there. There should have been at least one out and that would have at least put some pressure on them.

With the cross, he's had time to pick his man out and of course when you've allowed so many crosses to come in during a particular period of the game - in this case the last 15 minutes - then you are going to concede a goal.

DS: Did you feel that some of your players were a little nervous. Ritchie Jones in particular?

RS: I thought he played very well in the first half. I was pleased with his performance in the first half.

DS: In the second half?

RS: In the second half, I felt we were all under a bit of pressure and I don't think the whole midfield four stood up to it well enough and I don't think we kept the ball up front well enough to alleviate the pressure. I sent the Frenchman on because James Walker was getting tired. But he got offside twice and he gave the ball away twice. That standard is not good enough obviously. I sent Justin Cochrane on and he's not made a pass. So that's not good enough. We lacked a certain quality and we perhaps saw that last week as well. We need a bit more quality in the team. The likes of Skivo, Forbsey and Scotty Guyett who have put their heads and bodies on the line for 90 minutes and defended fantastically in front of Steve Mildenhall today. Mildy has really not had a real save to make and it is just disappointing that we are not better in front of the back four at the moment.

DS: So you feel it is a case of the midfield dropping too deep and then allowing that cross to come in.

RS: Oh yes. They've all gone back and they've called Wilf back. Well if they call Wilf back then somebody else has to go up because we need pressure on their back two or back three or whatever they've got and because we've all gone back we've not got anyone to do that. Sometimes they think they know better. Unfortunately when the inmates take over because they think they know better then quite often the reverse happens and it did so tonight.

DS: It was Terry Skiverton's play that set up Ritchie Jones to put in the cross for the goal.

DS: Yes, and you say Ritchie was nervous - I thought he did really well to put a ball into the right area from Terry's header and Lloyd has scrambled it over the line. So we were pleased to be 1-0 up. James Walker has caused problems with his pace. He was getting at them and he was nice and positive and I thought we'd settled and I thought we were OK. But as the game wore on in the second period, we knew what to expect and we didn't deal with it.

DS: When the goal went in did you think oh blimey not again - not another late one?

RS: Well it doesn't matter what stage the goal goes in. Maybe it DOES matter but it's always harder when it goes in during the last couple of minutes. So yes that was massively disappointing.

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