Interview : Russell Slade : 11/11/2007
Russell Slade talks to BBC Radio after the 4-1 defeat against Torquay United
Russell Slade
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Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade talked to BBC Somerset Sound's Drew Savage after his side had been knocked out of the FA Cup by a 4-1 scoreline against Torquay United on November 11th 2007.

RS: Nobody likes to go out of the FA Cup in the First Round, particularly to non-league opposition. We must bear in mind though, that although I felt that Torquay deserved to go through, there were many twists and turns during the game which could have made a lot of difference to the final result. But we wish them well. They are a better team than the team that got relegated so there is not that much difference between us. People will like to think that it is Conference against Division One but this is a much better team than the one that did go down. We wish them well in their quest to get promoted back into the Football League.

DS: How happy were you with the way your midfield played today?

RS: I don't know why you're picking on the midfield. I felt they played well in patches. Marcus Stewart got us off to a great start once the game had settled down. And it was a great strike by Anthony Barry that came off the bar. And at that stage it would have been 2-0. There was a key point - a turning point in the game. But then we had two minutes worth of madness just before half time. We lost our man in the box from a set play and then the second one was bundled over the line from close distance. So to be 2-1 down at half time changed my team talk very rapidly.

DS: They were just individual errors that you can't really legislate for?

RS: They are worrying signs and that is what I've said to the players. Mistakes can spread like a disease and we don't want that in our football club. It's far too easy to say that was a mistake and that was the only reason why we lost that match. You don't make mistakes when you are playing well as a team. You certainly don't make those sort of mistakes. We are making mistakes at the moment that are costly unfortunately and we are getting punished for them.

DS: There was a Marcus Stewart shot fairly late on and the Match of the Day people thought that was a reasonable handball shout. Do you have a view on it?

RS: Yes, I just spoke to the TV people. I felt it was a clear handball and on another day we might have got it. But it wasn't to be and I felt that was another turning point. I felt that even at 3-1 that the tie wasn't over. I felt it was a good tie from a viewers point of view although not from my perspective. If we had got a penalty and made it 3-2, then because we had got the momentum at that particular time then who knows? But I'm not going to stand here and say that we deserved to go through today because I don't feel that was the case.

DS: On the plus side, you're still in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

RS: Yes, we've still got other things to look forward to. We've got a lot of hard work on now. It's a little bit of a turning point at the football club at the moment. There's one or two players in there that I've signed several times during my managerial career and one or two players that have re-signed here at Yeovil Town Football Club. There are players who have signed here on loan or have come in this summer. But there are one or two now that have got to start answering questions on the pitch and start rolling their sleeves up and doing it for us, otherwise there will be changes, because I won't allow this football club, having come so far in such a short period of time and for us to do so well for us last season, for us to slide back where I found the club when I first arrived. That is not going to happen. If that means I have to wheel and deal and change personnel then that is what I will do. One or two of them need to get back on board and stop feeing sorry for themselves and start working exceptionally hard. We need to work harder than everyone else because that's our motto. We need to work harder than everybody else to be successful.

DS: You had great team work earlier in the season to get Yeovil out of a rut caused by the injuries at the start of the season. Is it now galling to have this little bad run even though people are now coming back?

RS: Well it was disappointing to lose Matty Rose today because he is important to us. Marcus Stewart picked up an injury but carried on today. Lee Peltier has again rolled his ankle. So in that department, nothing much is going right. But again I'm not going to stand here and moan about that because there are other managers in other football teams that pick up injuries. We have an extensive injury list and have done all season. But you have to manage through those and you have to work hard and perhaps it provides opportunities for others to come through. You can't knock me for not playing one or two young boys that are in and around the fringes of the football club right now. Craig Alcock has played today but he has made a horrendous mistake that hopefully he will learn from. We played young James Walker up front, plus Lee Peltier and Anthony Barry who are all Under or around 20 and all hopefully with a point to prove. They need to prove their own abilities so that they can go on and have a career that lasts for many years.

We have Swansea on the Tuesday and I don't know how we are going to deal with that in terms of personnel. We've got to do a bit of planning and organisation on that I think. Then we've got Gillingham on Sunday. There is always an opportunity in this game to bounce back and there is always another day. It's been a great day for Torquay today but I'm sure what they really want is promotion back into the Football League. We're already in the Football League, we're in League One, we got to the play-off final last season and we need to try and get back up inside that Top Six again this season. We will do our very best to achieve that.

Qu: Are you pleased that Ishmael Welsh didn't get on the pitch?

RS: That was not me being stubborn. That was me ethically thinking it was right to do something like that. I have several loanee players at this football club and if we were fortunate enough to progress through to the third round and we picked up Charlton or Manchester United and Sir Alex said to me you can't play Ritchie Jones or Alan Pardew says you can't play James Walker then I certainly wouldn't because they have been good enough to loan me that player in the first place and I wouldn't abuse that.

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