Interview : Russell Slade : 19/04/2008
Russell Slade talks to BBC Radio Bristol after the 2-1 win over Swansea
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Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade talked to BBC Somerset reporter Drew Savage after his side mathematically secured League One football with a 2-1 win over Swansea City on April 19th 2008.

DS: I think that Swansea fans will remember today as the day that they were gloriously beaten by Yeovil Town to go up.

RS: Yes, it has worked out well for both clubs. They will go up as Champions and deservedly so in my opinion, and we certainly deserved to be in this league, particularly with performances like that. We have shown that against the better sides like Doncaster Rovers that play football in particular, we do well against. Today we could have won that game a lot more comfortably than we actually did. We were having to sweat in the last few minutes and then (the referee) played five extra minutes - well you expect that as the season has gone! But we deservedly hung on in there, because as I've said we could have had a couple more goals.

DS: You weathered the storm in the first quarter hour or so and got the crowd quiet. I think the goal was against the run of play, but after that you came into the game a lot more.

RS: I think we had to settle really in the first 10 or 15 minutes but they didn't hurt us in that period. It was possession that we had to deal with and get a grip of our jobs individually and collectively and I thought we did that particularly well. I'm delighted because they put in so much effort into the performance today. It's not easy to come here on a day like today in front of 20,000 and get things right and take the game to Swansea. Even though we went 4-5-1,

I thought we did fantastically well, despite what some fans may think of me from the last home game. I got loads of abuse and lambasted from time to time. I don't get that from the away fans, because the away fans have been magnificent. I don't get that from all of the home fans either, but some of them are a disgrace and were shouting "resign" and "get out". After the 18 months that we've had, where we went on January 1st to Luton with a chance of going second in the league. I've kept us up in this league with still two games to go against a very good side. Yes, I know we've got to rebuild. But we've had problems this year and problems that people don't even understand that I've had as a manager but I've dealt with them, I've come through it and I've remained positive, despite what people think.

DS: This feels like one of those special days for Yeovil Town and it is almost up there with the Forest game from last season.

RS: It's a great result for us and it is something to build on. The discipline of the side was excellent. On the turnover of the ball, we got into our shape very quickly and we always looked good on the counter. Marcus Stewart was the one I shoved up front last week that a lot of the crowd didn't like, was magnificent up front today - absolutely brilliant for us, and that was another decision I made and it was the right decision.

DS: And Marvin Williams, one of the players you brought back, created the first goal.

RS: People don't think I'm passionate at times Drew, because I'm a thinker of the game, but I am passionate. I am passionate with my players and I want to win games. I want to win big games and I can show you that I've won big games. I've won a big games today and it sickens me that people think I'm not capable of that. I've been to Wembley, the Millennium Stadium and the new Wembley all in my managerial career and it annoys me and frustrates me that people don't pull in the right direction. We don't need those people who won't want to pull in the right direction.

DS: If you compare that to the performance against Crewe last week, then the six million dollar question has to be what has changed?

RS: I've tried to analyse the performance against Crewe. You sit down and you analyse everything you do as a manager. I don't just go back to work on Monday morning and think that game is gone. We look at it and we analyse it. We did OK in the first half and we had great possession without really hurting them. We were slightly the better side in the first period. But it is all about goals and we didn't get that first goal. Their first goal came against the run of play. (... [to another person in the press room] I'm not boring you H am I? You're looking elsewhere] ...) We got that goal against us but the second goal killed us and confidence drained away from us. That's when you need your fans and that's when you need your fans to get behind you and get stuck in behind the team. It is frustrating and it has been a frustrating season, but we are there, we are in League One and we have been in the league for five years and we are still in League One. We are going to rebuild again and try and be a team that can challenge again and be strong and positive and that is how I want my teams.

DS: A word for the fans today - 20,000 Welshmen versus maybe 300 from Somerset, but they stacked up pretty well out there.

RS: They've been brilliant. But they've always been brilliant on their travels and I can't give them high enough praise. They have to go further distances than anybody in the country and they are magnificent to have on our side and I appreciate that. All of those who went to the likes of Carlisle and Hartlepool as well as the shorter journeys have stayed behind us and I am so thankful for all the supporters who are behind me and are pushing for me and are behind the club. I will stay here and build them a club to be proud of, that's for sure.

DS: Quite a lot of mutual appreciation there at the final whistle as the whole team and the whole bench - everybody went over to the fans and the fans were giving that applause back to you.

RS: Yes, that's because we knew how important it was and what it meant to us. People say we are not passionate and that we are not passionate people and that we don't try. We try every week. We try in training and we try on match days and we give it everything and today we got the right result.

DS: And a bit of a party against Leeds on Friday?

RS: No, no. We'll prepare in a professional manner. It is a big game for us and it is a full house. We don't want to let ourselves down. We want to do the right thing and get the right result and send everyone home happy and finish as high up the table as we possibly can.

DS: That was really what I meant - a party for the fans to celebrate staying up.

RS: Yes, of course. People have talked about relegation and us being in freefall and that we were going to go down. We've not been in the bottom four all season! The nearest we've been to the bottom four is five points. That is the reality - I'm not stating anything that is not a fact. Five points is the closest we've been and we are now seven points clear of it. Hopefully now people will start being more positive and getting on my boat and being a more positive person rather than a negative person.

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