Interview : Russell Slade : 22/12/2007
Russell Slade talks to BBC Radio Bristol after the 0-0 draw at Leyton Orient
Russell Slade
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Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade talked to BBC Radio Bristol's Ben Orr after his side had drawn 0-0 with Leyton Orient on December 22nd 2007.

RS: I don't think it was a classic game, but I think it was a well earned point for us. There was perhaps one hairy moment in the closing stages where Orient might have nicked a goal. To be honest neither keeper was troubled too much this afternoon in a game that was dominated by the back fours.

BO: You made the change at half time, what was the thinking behind that?

RS: Quite clearly to put someone who is six-foot-two up there, to win a few balls and to support James Walker a little bit more. I thought we started the second half a little bit brighter. I felt that Orient had the best of the earlier exchanges in the game and I felt the change would give us a chance of winning it. I always try and win a game - I didn't come here for the draw. Hence the change at half time.

BO: Were you pleased with the start that you made? It was solid and it gave you something that you could build on, with the change at half time.

RS: Well that was the idea - to be solid in the first instance and then as the game opened up, hopefully we could open up. Lloyd has had a header that's gone over the bar, then James has had one that has flashed wide. Warney has taken an opportunist's shot that could have gone anywhere and could have gone in the net. I thought we then threatened a little bit more, but as I've said, I don't really think either side deserved to win the game today, because nobody really grabbed it by the scruff of the neck. Having said that, I thought both defences over the course of the 90 minutes defended very well. They were very solid and made life difficult.

BO: There was that good spell in the second half and that must be encouraging as you plot the improvement of your team over time. When you come to a team like Orient, who have done so well this season at the Matchroom and you bossed the game during that period.

RS: You can't ask for anything more than a clean sheet and that has to be the first thing, especially with Adam Boyd in such good form. I felt we kept him quiet by and large for much of the duration of the game. Of course it keeps our momentum going. We go into the Christmas period having not lost. That's three wins and a draw now. Obviously you wanted to make it a win again, but that's not always going to be the case when you come to the likes of Orient. To be fair to them, they've been in the top six all season and they are a strong side, and you need a strong side to finish in the top six.

BO: You mentioned Terrell Forbes. He worked hard at right-back all game. You were saying to us before the game that he's got that little bug that's been going around.

RS: Yes, he's under the weather, but Terrell just loves games and I thought he did a wonderful job for us defensively. He didn't do a lot going forward, but defensively he does excellently for me.

BO: That's encouraging with the solidity you've got at the back there. Is there now an opportunity to build on that with the players in front of them?

RS: Well if you come to these places and you concede goals early in the first period, then it makes life very difficult for you. The important thing was that we didn't concede, we built up, we ground our way into the game. In the end, one goal was going to decide it.

BO: With some of the loan deals that are coming up, are you thinking about whether you can renew them or are you concentrating on the games to come?

RS: Both really. Obviously we want to retain some of the loanees that we brought to the football club. They have done exceptionally well, and we also want to look towards the transfer window to improve the squad as well.

BO: What are you doing over Christmas? Are you having any time off at all or are you keeping the players working hard?

RS: They are in tomorrow for their warm-down, and then they are in with some local children who have written into the local paper. I think there are about 100 children coming down tomorrow and I think the players are working with them for a couple of hours in the afternoon.

BO: And time for a bit of lunch on Christmas Day?

RS: Yes, just a bit. We're working in the morning and then I'll let them go for a bit of lunch. But we're then in on Boxing Day, so it's all systems go, I'm afraid.

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