Interview : Russell Slade : 26/01/2008
Russell Slade talks to BBC Radio Bristol after the 1-2 defeat against Tranmere
Russell Slade
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Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade talked to BBC Bristol's Richard Hoskin after he watched his side lose 2-1 at Tranmere Rovers on January 26th 2008.

RS: I thought we were poor really in the first period, and I thought it was Mildenhall who kept us in the game. It could have been 3-0 in the first half, to be honest. But in the second period, I thought we got on the front foot and I thought we got after Tranmere. I thought we deserved to get back into the game at that stage, but then we've gone and shot ourselves in the foot. It was poor defending from my point of view and in fact both goals were poor. In fact, Tranmere didn't deserve their first goal as it happens, because firstly it was handball from Gareth Taylor and secondly it was our throw. So whichever way you looked at it, it wasn't their ball and from there they've scored a goal. But having said that, that isn't to say that they didn't deserve to be in front during the first half because Tranmere did deserve to be in front. But the nature of the goal was that it was a poor decision from our point of view.

RH: Have you got any complaints about the penalty decision?

RS: Well, it was getting dark and my eyes aren't the best, but it looked like a stonewall penalty from where I was standing. What we were doing there, I don't know. He (Calvin Zola) was going nowhere in particular so all we needed to do was to hold him up. I thought we had half-won the ball, but then we hadn't. I know he is an awkward customer but we knew that before a ball was kicked this afternoon. It should have been dealt with, as should the opportunity that he got during the first period from the throw.

RH: You also lost Marc Bircham for two yellow cards. Any complaints about those two decisions?

RS: Not particularly. I thought they were both yellow cards. That's the first time he's ever been sent off for two yellows. He should never have told me at half time that he'd never been sent off for two yellows, should he? Footballers never learn do they!

RH: A plus was the first goal for Andy Kirk, combining with Lloyd Owusu. How did you assess their combination today?

RS: Two things really. In the first half I thought it was poor because Lloyd only won around 10 or 15 percent of the balls in the air, and didn't manage to hang onto it with his feet. But in the second period, he won 60 or 70 percent of his headers in the air and managed to find Kirk, who was playing off him. They've linked up well to score a goal. Kirk has only had two chances all game and he has scored with one and made the keeper make a good save with the other. But we need to provide more opportunities for him. We did at home last week so I am disappointed that we didn't create more today.

RH: Are you pleased that you got a response from your lads after your half time team talk?

RS: You're saying what is only natural really, after such a performance in the first half, that you want a response from your team. We got a response, but it was after the Lord Mayor's Show really. I can't go waking them up at half time every week and ask for a little bit more. We had to do that at Southend and we got ourselves back into the game. Today we got ourselves back into the game but then we shot ourselves in the foot with the penalty. It's hard work right now. Maybe one or two are feeling the pace or getting a bit tired, and I might have to make changes. Maybe that is the situation. They are a good set of lads, in fact they are a great group of lads, but there can't be any sentiment and if we have to make changes then we will.

RH: And a good opportunity to bounce back quite quickly as you've got Port Vale on Tuesday.

RS: Well we have, and they are all very important. As I've said before in pre-match, points are precious now and that's a precious three points that we've lost today and a precious three points that Tranmere have gained. That is upsetting of course, because we all want to be successful.

RH: Finally, eagle-eyed journalists spotted Lee Peltier up in the stand today. Are there any prospects of any new faces for Tuesday?

RS: Well, I would have thought on the first half performance that Pelts would have certainly thought that he could improve us. It is good to know that he was here today. We are trying to a deal to bring him to Huish Park. Whether that gets done in time for Tuesday or whether that gets done at all in fact, we'll have to wait and see.

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