Interview : Russell Slade : 02/02/2008
Russell Slade talks to BBC local radio after the 0-2 defeat against Huddersfield
Russell Slade
Russell Slade
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Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade talked to BBC Somerset's Drew Savage after his side had lost 0-2 to Huddersfield Town on February 2nd 2008.

RS: It's a very quite changing room. I think as well for the first time this season, you saw a little bit of lack of belief towards the end of the game and a little lack of confidence having gone 2-0 down. It could have been so different in the first half if we had taken our chances. That's what we need to do at the moment, and that's the only way in these games sometimes that you get a little bit of a boost. I thought we had two or three glorious opportunities during the first half to have gone in front. On top of that, it was compounded by a penalty that to be honest in our view was not a penalty. Skiverton was clearly pushed from behind, but he's given it and that has given them a lead that certainly they didn't deserve at that stage. It was going to be a hard job because they've not leaked many goals since they've signed Page at the back. I felt that the next goal was crucial after half time. Unfortunately they got the goal which I felt really sewed the game up for them. We didn't create much in the second half and as I've said, I felt we fizzled out a little bit.

DS: Luke Beckett looked like he got the target man role off to a 'T' really.

RS: Yes, he's played well for them and I thought he was a good outlet for them. He was a threat and he picked up a lot of the ball and he allowed them to get out and support their front two. He's had a good game today. But it's about goals. You gain confidence, whether you're at home or away from home by getting a goal and being in front and drawing confidence from that.

DS: My colleague from Radio Leeds said Yeovil have got the look of a team in the middle of a rebuilding phase. Do you think that's a fair comment?

RS: Probably so. There were patches and there was a very good spell in the first period when we created a couple of chances. There was a 10 minute spell in the second half when we thought we'd maybe get one back, but it wasn't to be. Probably the introduction of Stewie signalled that, plus Anthony Barry when he came on passed it reasonably well until the very death. There's a lot of work to be done at the moment, and it's probably more a question at this moment in time of knowing how not to lose and doing that side of our jobs well. Going out and trying to win a football match, it's also important to not lose a football match as well, if you take my meaning. When the ball is lost, we look very stretched and very vulnerable.

DS: You made tactical changes to try and get back into it and you went to a 3-5-2 towards the end.

RS: Yes, we were trying to push on and put Stewie in the hole and add a little bit of pace. Marvin has gone up front to maybe unsettle them. He had one good run. But too many of my players at this moment in time are out of sorts, I think, and we need to recapture that energy, that desire and that confidence to go on and win a football match.

DS: Do you think that will come from inside the squad, or perhaps from another player you hope to bring in?

RS: No, that can come from within, that's for sure. I won't hide the fact that I would like to bring a midfielder in. I have felt that at times that we were lacking in there in terms of our passing and our second balls. But yes, I think that it can happen from within. I've had a good conversation in there and the changing room is fairly philosophical about it all and the things that we need to put right. We'll do whatever it takes to stop the rot.

DS: This was a team that had four changes including a couple of signings that had only just arrived. Lee Peltier has come back to the club plus there was Jaime Peters in his first game. Is there more to come from him?

RS: Yes, although I don't want to make any excuses at all, including the penalty, for personnel coming in for the cause. I think we should be good enough to win football matches at home, particularly when we're on top and we had got ourselves on top during the first period. But I don't want anyone to feel sorry for us. It is down to us to get ourselves out of the situation that we are in. To do that it takes one win.

DS: And I suppose you really need that win to come away at Walsall?

RS: Well it would be nice, wouldn't it? It doesn't matter where it comes from sometimes to get a little run. Just have a look at Northampton. They were struggling five games ago, and now they've gone five unbeaten, because I think they've won four and drawn one. That was ever since they sold Kirky!

DS: Mark Lynch had a pretty solid return to the team at left-back.

RS: Yes, he did OK. But I think that sums us up at the moment. There are one or two that are doing OK, but OK is not good enough right now.

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