Interview : Russell Slade : 12/04/2008
Russell Slade talks to BBC Radio Bristol after the 0-3 defeat against Crewe
Russell Slade
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Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade spoke to BBC Somerset's Drew Savage after his side had been beaten 0-3 at home to Crewe Alexandra on April 12th 2008.

RS: Sorry for keeping you for so long (for the start of the press conference). You didn't deserve that, but the players did. For the first part of the game I thought we started the game bright enough and perhaps the first goal was against the run of play. We had a good deal of possession but couldn't turn it into goals and to be honest I thought we wasted a lot of good opportunities in and around the box in the first period. Not much was going our way, that's probably summed up by a ball that my skipper swears was two foot over the line but there you go, that's life at the minute.

What we didn't need was to concede a goal in the second period and we did that after around 58 minutes. To do that then was criminal really, a desperate goal to concede and what disappointed me was that from then on, was that I thought one or two people didn't put their shift in and that annoyed me immensely and those are the ones that I've got to shift out, and shift out of the changing rooms. In the long term - we've got three games to go, and we've still got plenty of work to do before the end of the season - but certainly there'll be a few of those faces missing.

DS: Lloyd Owusu was stretchered off after you'd used all three of your subs. That is typical of the kind of luck you've had today.

RS: Yes, that doesn't help. There were other things that didn't help out there today. But I thought Lloyd had put a shift in and won a remarkable amount of headers in the first period, which we didn't benefit from. I'm not quite sure how bad he is. Certainly I don't think there is any fracture or anything like that, but there is some serious bruising so we'll just have to wait and see in terms of his fitness. But certainly the result wasn't down to him.

DS: He did look in real serious pain out there.

RS: Yes, obviously he is with the doctor now and I haven't had the opportunity to speak to him yet.

DS: Do you feel it was really individual errors that cost you today?

Yes, for the first one Maynard cut inside Forbesy onto his right side. Yes, it's a good finish by a good player at this level, but all too easy and all too soft. The second one Bircham and Stewie have gone for the same header, it's broke to the man that one of them has left, and he's played the ball that's then been lifted over Mildenhall so that was disappointing. It wasn't through football or breaking us up, it was through one ball. The third goal, with three at the back, Forbes has gone to close down when there's no way in this world he could have closed down, he needed to stay because it was two on one in the end.

DS: Steve Mildenhall has made a couple of really good saves at the end as well.

RS: Yes, he did. That's what disappointed me, you're down to ten men, you're up against it but you don't pack up as a footballer. You've got to be professional and you've got to keep going and there's some out there feeling too sorry for themselves.

DS: You're clearly unhappy and the crowd were unhappy as well. Have you got any particular message for them?

RS: It's difficult, I agree and I'm frustrated like they are. Certainly I care, and certainly I want a team to be proud of and at this minute in time that's difficult. But all I can say is that we will get there in the end.

DS: Swansea look like they might have done you a favour by beating Gillingham, so you are still five points clear of the relegation battle, as you were this morning.

RS: Yes, but you didn't want it to happen like that. It's very much in our own hands and still is and we've got three important games to go and we'll try and select the type of player that we think is either going to be here long-term or is going to fight and roll his sleeves up.

DS: Perhaps not the best time to go to the league leaders next week.

RS: I don't know. Perhaps it's a good time. Look at the positive side. It's not someone down at the bottom, we're probably not expected to win. We weren't expected to win at Carlisle and we didn't but we came so very close and next week at Swansea we're going to have to roll our sleeves up, that's for sure.

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