Interview : Russell Slade : 09/02/2008
Russell Slade talks to BBC Radio Bristol after the 0-2 defeat against Walsall
Russell Slade
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Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade talked to BBC Radio Bristol's Alistair Durden after his side had lost 2-0 to Walsall at the Bescot Stadium on February 9th 2008.

RS: I'm glad I've seen the back of Walsall this season. At home we absolutely dominated them in the first half and should have been 3-0 or 4-0 up, but we failed to take our chances. Today to be honest, I didn't think we deserved to get beaten. Not only did we lose our keeper, which is a situation that can happen if you gamble and put five outfield players on the bench. I felt we played the better football. Having said that, it is about delivering in both boxes and today we didn't do that. I thought we had our chances to get goals, and obviously goals change football matches. They got the first goal and that gave them a little bit of momentum to go on and dominate it. But to be fair to my team, I thought we still created enough in terms of possession and opportunity to put the ball in the back of the net.

AD: Steve Mildenhall soldiered on until half time. What exactly is the early diagnosis with him?

RS: You're asking the wrong man. I'm not a physio, I'm a football manager. So we'll leave that to the experts because I'm not sure what the damage is without x-rays and scans at this stage. But it does appear to be very serious.

AD: It's his knee, is it?

RS: It's somewhere around the back of his knee. But again I'm not the expert, so I don't want to go diagnosing something that happened only 45 minutes ago.

AD: From your experience it would be pretty much impossible for him to play Tuesday wouldn't it?

RS: From my experience, yes. I think you could be right.

AD: Does that mean you'll go into the loan market, or will Darren Behcet get a shout?

RS: We'll look at the situation obviously, so that's my job to look at it.

AD: What about the two debutants today, Church and Bridcutt? Bridcutt in particular caught the eye in midfield.

RS: I thought he did very well. He's very mature for an 18 year old. He wins the ball, and he has a good understanding of the game. He's got a good awareness and I thought that in pockets of play he was excellent. So he can be pleased with his debut. Lee Peltier, who has come in and signed from Liverpool is starting to look stronger and better in every single game. We're going through a period of transition right now and it's important that those that want to get on board my boat and start rowing in the right direction are going to come through and we'll all come through it together and we'll be successful together. But at the moment there are one or two that are feeling out of sorts or maybe feeling sorry for themselves and they are not performing as well as they possibly could be.

AD: We haven't mentioned Craig Alcock but he came on in the second half and actually did pretty well between the posts.

RS: Yes, he did. He didn't do anything wrong at all. He dropped the first one and I think had a bit of a panic there but after that I thought he kicked the ball remarkably well despite the crowd trying to put him off.

AD: He made a good save as well.

RS: Yes, he made the save and I don't think he could have done anything more than that. I felt we protected him and really the only two opportunities that Walsall had, they finished from them.

AD: In terms of your side's chances, when Lloyd came on he seemed to get quite involved a lot and had an opportunity and there was one from Andy Kirk in the first half, who worked hard but looked like he was looking for someone to support him.

RS: No, I don't think so. I disagree with your comment there. We were playing with the two wide players and one down the middle and I thought Kirky created a chance in both halves today. Lloyd came on and gave us a little bit of height and upset the back four a little bit, but I don't think we created much more when he came on. Although I think there were chances when he came on because he got one himself. But I thought there were little windows of opportunity throughout the game.

AD: So you feel hard done by, based on the passages of play?

RS: Yes, I do. I think that fortune is not favouring us right now and I think you need your little share from time to time, although you shouldn't rely on that. But we'll bounce back. As I've said, we are going through a period of transition, but we will come out of it on the other side. I thought there were some good signs today. I felt we won the midfield battle comfortably today and that was pleasing.

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