Interview : Russell Slade : 12/01/2008
Russell Slade talks to BBC Radio Bristol after the 1-1 draw at Southend
Russell Slade
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Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade talked to BBC Radio Bristol's Alistair Durden after his side had drawn 1-1 at Southend United on January 12th 2008.

AD: Russell, a feisty end to the game, but we shouldn't let that overshadow what was a good comeback from your side.

RS: It was a proper football match in the second half and it was feisty. It came to life and it was two teams that were slugging it out to try and get a victory. I thought that was from that point of view a good advertisement for the game. OK, so it might have gone slightly over the edge, but there was nothing really nasty in there, and we were just fighting on to try and get a result.

AD: Their player has gone down right at the end and the home crowd are convinced something has happened. Do you think their team were trying to even out the numbers?

RS: Possibly, that's what they do. Referees have to be strong in those situations. I think he just bumped into Warney, and I did see that one.

AD: As far as Terry Skiverton's goal is concerned, is he pretty sure he was onside when the ball was played?

RS: No, he knows it might have actually been tight. But when that ball was played in, there could have been hardly anything in it. Of course linesmen look across the line, and not always when it is released from the foot of the player. So I think Southend may have been just slightly fortunate with that.

AD: Your team seemed to come out slightly brighter in the second half. Did you feel there was enough from them in the first half?

RS: No, I thought we needed more - there wasn't enough. We were doing OK but we weren't competitive enough and we weren't creating enough opportunities. In the second half, we started really positively, got on the front foot and started to turn them. I think it helped with Marvin Williams coming on. His ability just to get in behind their back four was a threat. He seemed to upset Southend's back four and their composure a bit and it was from that which we managed to get into the game.

AD: They were bold substitutions, throwing on Williams and Welsh in the second half.

RS: I have to tell you, I tried to send on a fourth but I'd forgotten that Bircham had gone off in the first half! I would probably have put Dempsey on for Stewart's tired legs. But yes, we made all our substitutions. That is what they are there for. Sometimes they come off and sometimes they don't. I thought today the impact that the subs made was a positive one.

AD: How is Marc Bircham? I saw you waited a little while to see if he would come back from that. What kind of state is he in?

RS: He's had five or six stitches in what is quite a deep wound. I got the message very quickly that he wouldn't be back before half time. There was still about 11 minutes to go and that was no good to me so we made the decision to make the change straight away. I'm sure it proved to be the right one, because Birch has got a nasty gash there.

AD: He's not having the best of luck is he?

RS: No, he's not. I thought he started off OK. It's his first game and it was a difficult place to have your first game, but he was doing OK. But there will be more to come from him.

AD: Lloyd has popped up and got you the goal in the end. He's into double figures now and he may not always be starting but he does seem to pop up with some important goals.

RS: Yes, you'll have to ask him what part of the shin it came off, but he managed to force it home! He does manage to get into good positions in that box. He's missed them more recently, but he does get some good chances, particularly with his head. Today it has come to his foot and he has just managed to sneak it into the corner.

AD: You've spoken to the newspaper guys about the red card near the end, but what was your interpretation of it?

RS: All my goalkeeper Mildy has said to me is that he (Matt Harrold) did follow through but that there was nothing malicious in it. But if the referee is going to go to the letter of the law, then quite clearly it is a yellow card.

AD: Finally, James Walker is here today but it sounds like he is on his way and coming here. That is a big disappointment for you, isn't it? You would have loved him to have stayed at Yeovil?

RS: Of course. Charlton have called him back and I don't know if the deal has been finalised yet, but I do believe he is on his way to Southend for a substantial fee and one of which we couldn't afford unfortunately. I'd love to have kept James here of course.

AD: How is your own search going as we tick down towards the end of the month? You've still got plenty of time.

RS: I am hoping to speak to two players and their family at the beginning of the week. I've definitely got one coming down on Monday, possibly two, and if not that then hopefully one on Monday and one on Tuesday.

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