Interview : Russell Slade : 12/02/2008
Russell Slade talks to the BBC after the 1-0 win over Northampton
Russell Slade
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Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade talked to BBC Somerset's Drew Savage after his side had won 1-0 against Northampton Town on February 12th 2008.

RS: I've got a question for you: what have we got to do to get a penalty? That's my question. Because it is quite incredible really that we've had one penalty in 88 games, and I thought I saw if my eyes aren't deceiving me, an absolute stonewall penalty. The referee has looked over to the linesman, the linesman has stood like that and didn't give it. We've had to wait until the 90th minute to get our reward - a reward that I felt we deserved.

DS: It was a return to the battling performances of the early stages of the season, wasn't it?

RS: It's all about goals isn't it, and they haven't scored recently. In the last couple of games we've missed chances against Huddersfield which has cost us dearly. Against Oldham, I thought we were the better side and in fact in the last three home games we've been the better side, or at least until Huddersfield scored their goal. So it's about goals. There is enough quality within our side and within our make-up to go and win football matches. It's just a relief that we've got this bad run out of the way now and that we've hopefully got something to build on.

DS: In injury time, were you thinking, if only we'd put one of those away in the first half?

RS: Well you do, although I kept believing that we could turn it. When we kept getting those corners late on in the game, I was thinking that you only need one little opportunity to go your way. We haven't had it all season and tonight one ball dropped kindly for us in the box and that is what we have been waiting for.

DS: Northampton seem to be one of your lucky sides to play against.

RS: Well they are this season but I don't think they can have any arguments about it. In the first half we've had good chances - Lloyd's had a chance, little Liam has had a chance, Jaime Peters has had a chance and Kirky has had a couple of half chances. I counted five chances to one during the first period and of course there were a couple more chances in the second period. They just had the one in the first half. They had a couple of crosses in the second half and a volley that went to the back stick when it came across but we were well worth the win and that's the important thing.

DS: At the start of the second half Jaime Peters started to show what he can do with a couple of great moves.

RS: Yes, he did. You saw flashes of real quality with him. Hopefully he is getting stronger and fitter. He is still tiring a little bit in games, but you saw the quality. He's just got to believe in what he has got a little bit more. Hopefully in coming to this club and working with me, then a lot of the belief will come flooding back. You saw him burst past the whole of their back four within 15 yards and he is capable of doing that. It is pleasing to see that he can do it.

DS: Andy Kirk seemed to be playing like a man possessed against his old team tonight.

RS: I thought certainly in the first period, he was the best player on the field by some distance. In the second half he probably didn't have the service, but he worked tirelessly for the cause tonight as all of them did tonight.

DS: And a word for your captain Terry Skiverton.

RS: I thought he was back to somewhere near his best and I thought he was dominant tonight against an awkward customer. He has not scored too many this season, and I think that was his second. So I'm delighted that he's got one and it was an important goal for us. You saw the relief at the end and how much it meant to everybody. It was like winning the semi-final of a cup.

DS: The players went into a huddle at the end after the match. What was all that about?

RS: Well that will be between me and the players. But you can imagine what it was.

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