Interview : Russell Slade : 08/03/2008
Russell Slade talks to BBC Radio Bristol after the 2-1 win over Cheltenham
Russell Slade
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Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade talked to BBC Radio Bristol's Drew Savage after his side had won 2-1 against Cheltenham Town on March 8th 2008.

RS: I'm obviously very happy with the result. It's nice to walk down and meet you and tell you now that our form is that we have won two, drawn one and lost two, which I don't think is the form of a side that is going to go into a bottom four situation and fight from relegation. I think obviously that the game on Tuesday is vitally important now. We've got a draw and a win and that has given us something to build on.

At times today in the swirling conditions, it wasn't pretty but I thought we played enough football to be 2-0 up in the first period, and we had chances in the second period to really wrap the game up. I think Cheltenham have had two chances all game, albeit that it's ended up 2-1. People will be pleased that we've nicked a win but it could have been more comfortable for us today.

DS: Andy Kirk was given the Man of the Match award, but I think there were a few contenders out there today.

RS: Yes, with Andy we have stuck with him. He's not scored a goal for five or six games or whatever it is, but he can hold his head up high because he's got himself two goals if he gets that first goal today. He could have perhaps got himself a hat-trick, so I was delighted for him. That is what he is good at. If the ball drops to him in the box like it did for the second goal then he is quite clinical. He's been clinical all week in training, but I'm delighted that he's managed to put that one away.

But there were some decent performances tonight. I thought Stewie and Kirky played quite well up front and I thought that was a pleasing thing. Obviously we've had problems in midfield. Right up until kick-off Martin Woods was sub but he had a virus and he was throwing up, so he had to come off the bench and we had to put Bircham there, who had just done an hour and a half session (on Friday). So that wasn't ideal.

But the result was important and I thought we were strong at the back. I thought young Craig did great for us at right-back and Skiverton was commanding. He's made one error in the entire game and Brooker has finished, but it would have been harsh on us to have conceded two goals today.

DS: Matthew Rose went off injured. Is that his ankle again?

RS: Yes it is, but it's his other one! You've got to laugh haven't you? You've got to smile and keep being positive, but it is his other ankle. It doesn't surprise us with the amount of injuries that we've had. I said in the week that unfortunately I've used 37 players this season of which 27 have been injured and that has cost them 180 games worth of playing for this football club, and also a lot of money, I think.

DS: There were a couple of protests from Cheltenham after what turned out to be the winning goal. There was a clash in the box between Skiverton and Shane Duff. What was your take on that?

RS: I'll tell you what, I'm not even going there! If we're talking about good fortune or bad fortune this season, I'm not even entering into that conversation because we've had our share!

DS: Millwall on Tuesday is just a chance to make this season safe now?

RS: Yes it is. I think it's important to have the mentality to go into that game and not to get beaten, and to continue the run and to build on that run. Hopefully then we can play the remaining games that we've got left with a lot of confidence.

DS: Just a word about your full-backs because Mark Lynch and Craig Alcock have been lacking a bit of confidence in the last couple of months. Do you think they came through for you?

RS: I don't think Mark Lynch has been lacking in confidence in the last three or four games. I think he has been excellent. Craig Alcock has not played that much but he's a young player and we know that. We put him in today because Lee Peltier was suspended and I think he has done a terrific job. It's good to see that, because it means that when he is on the training ground and he's been out of the side, he's still been prepared to learn and listen. He has got a great attitude and we know that, so when he gets his opportunity again, he goes out there and he performs like that. He became a man today.

DS: Millwall on Tuesday night and they won on Friday night so they will be a stern test for you.

RS: That's another one that didn't shock me. Swansea went swanning off to Barcelona because they were 11 points clear and they've come back and maybe they were still on the beach - I don't know. But I'm sure they will bounce back because Swansea are a very good side. But we'll have to wait and see because there's a lot of football to be played between now and the end of the season.

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