Interview : Russell Slade : 23/02/2008
Russell Slade talks to BBC Radio Bristol after the 0-3 defeat against Southend
Russell Slade
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Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade talked to BBC Radio Bristol's Ben Orr on February 23rd 2008 after his side had lost 3-0 at home to Southend United.

BO: Russell, how disappointed are you about that performance and that result?

RS: I'm very disappointed, obviously. It's a bitter blow and very difficult to take. We let ourselves down, but not so much early in the game. I thought in the first 20 minutes, we did very well and had a couple of chances.

It was a poor decision by the referee that has led to the first goal and a poor decision that has led to the second goal, but that is no excuse for the ball still going in the back of the net because there is a lot of work that has got to be done to get the ball in the back of the net and we have not defended well. We are not doing it right in both boxes now. We can't get a goal for love nor money at this moment in time. We look so frail at times in our own box.

BO: Going back to the first goal, it was blatantly a throw-in that should have gone your way, but was inside their own half, so as you say there was a lot of work to get the ball in the goal at the other end. The defence just seemed to switch off, but you can't just label that at the defence this afternoon, can you?

RS: It is your team that switch off, and they do so probably because they are feeling hard done by because it is a wrong decision. We do seem to be, at this moment in time, getting punished from those sort of situations, but as I've said to you, there is a lot more work to get the ball in the back of the net and we've not dealt with that and that disappoints me. We've given it away cheaply in the middle of the park for the first one and we are getting punished for the mistakes we are making at the moment, and it has been a very harsh lesson to learn today.

BO: As you say, the first 20 minutes were bright, but then the first goal went in and the confidence seemed to ebb away, and any belief that was instilled within the players seemed to disappear completely.

RS: Perhaps not after the first goal, but certainly after the second goal went in, that was an absolute confidence shaker. It was about five or 10 minutes later they got the second goal, and it was a long haul back from there. When you are struggling to score goals, trying to come from 2-0 down is a big ask at this moment in time. Quite clearly we are not capable of doing that right now.

BO: And of course you started playing 4-3-3. The problem with that is when you go 2-0 down where do you go from 4-3-3? You can't get much more attacking than that anyway.

RS: No, I wanted to be very positive and we shall remain very positive. Once we get back on the training ground and settle down and try and work things out, then there is a lot of football to be played between now and the end of the season. But yes, we tried to be positive in the way that we played, and we tried to get the ball so that we could get chances, and I felt chances kept coming, although they didn't quite drop for us. Even in the second period where Lee Peltier drove down the line and put in a great cross but we couldn't quite get on the end of it. Kirky has had another one where the ball was virtually cleared off his foot before it could go in the net, and we also had Skivo with a header. So we kept trying to create chances, but nothing is going right in both boxes as I've said.

BO: And when players are low on confidence like that, I guess there's not much point at getting into them. What have you said to the players? What is your tactic now to try and reinstill their confidence again?

RS: Obviously that's between myself and the players, and things like that stay in the changing room. But you are partially right in that when somebody is wounded and somebody is down, then you don't go in there kicking at them. We have to sort it out together, we have to stick together and be very strong and we have to turn it around.

BO: There were a few boos at the final whistle, which I'm sure you would have expected. What would you say to those disgruntled Yeovil Town fans this evening. Is there a message of hope you can give them?

RS: Yes, obviously we are all disappointed and when you lose a football match at home like that, they have every right to boo the team. 3-0 at home is not nice for me, it's not nice for the players, but we have to turn it around. We have to make these performances an awful lot better than what we are serving up right now.

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