Interview : Russell Slade : 03/05/2008
Russell Slade talks to BBC Radio Bristol after the 3-2 defeat against Forest
Russell Slade
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Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade talked to BBC Somerset's Drew Savage after his side had lost 3-2 to Nottingham Forest on May 3rd 2008.

RS: I've lost a football match, but it's a wonderful day for football. That's because the atmosphere was fantastic. It's like the City Ground used to be when I remember it. I'm thrilled for the locals and my family from Nottingham and the football club for them to get back into the Championship.

Obviously from my point of view with Yeovil Town and bringing Yeovil here, I was a bit disappointed that we conceded the ball a bit too easily in the first period in the defending third. I thought that even though Forest took their goals exceptionally well, we perhaps gifted them to them a little bit, I felt. But we managed to get ourselves back in the game and then obviously Andy Kirk was going to make it interesting in terms of a result here, albeit that I think things were going far too well for Forest elsewhere. We just kept at it and I thought we played some neat and tidy passing and got ourselves a couple of goals and I thought perhaps could have had one more. I thought in the second half we were probably the better side.

DS: I'm sure any fans of Doncaster or Carlisle will know that you made Forest work for that today.

RS: Yes, absolutely. We came in and we tried to pass in our normal style. We're going through a rebuilding stage at the football club, with a few bodies going out and a few new ones coming in but the philosophy will not change. We want to play football and we are making signings that are capable of doing that. Hopefully it will improve us and perhaps little Yeovil can challenge next season.

DS: Marcus Stewart made a great near post run in the second half, but was blocked off by Kelvin Wilson. Do you think he'll be with the club next season?

RS: Yes well obviously financial negotiations are done now by our Chief Executive Martyn Starnes. He's a busy man at the moment and he needs to be, because we want to know where we are going. He needs to give us direction and help give me direction so that I know what sort of players I need to pull in and what players need to leave.

DS: Another big match and a big match temperament by the Yeovil players. What is it about games like this that bring it out of your guys?

RS: Well you'll have to ask them, but if you can't play in front of 30,000 and an atmosphere like that, the conditions were absolutely perfect, and the pitch at the end of the season was superb. You've got say that pitches at the end of the season are so much better and that is credit to the ground staff here. That pitch was superb to play on. There's no excuses as it was a lovely day and it has turned out to be a great one for Forest. We're disappointed that we've lost a football match of course, but things have been encouraging for us over the last three or four games, albeit that we've lost to Leeds and we've lost to Forest.

DS: As you've said, you're just hoping to build for next season. Thinking about next week is that when the players will find out whether they are staying or not?

RS: Yes, for sure. Next week will still be quite a busy one. But from a personal point of view, I've been involved in play-off finals in the last two seasons, so I haven't had too much time with my family at home, or in terms of trying to get away and recharge the batteries. But hopefully I'll have that opportunity and a little bit more time this time around and from that point of view hope to challenge again.

DS: You've got your summer holidays all planned out?

RS: Absolutely, yes. It's the first time I've been able to book them for a while, so I've got them in nice and early, and we've got two trips sorted out so I am looking forward to that. But of course it is still an exciting time for us. We've brought in Nathan Smith for the second half of this season, and we've also brought in Lee Peltier. They are both looking terrific full-backs and they are both very young. Jaime Peters, if we can get him back here, then we'll find a little slot for him where he can particularly flourish, where he can get on the ball and take it to the front men. I told him he would get a goal today and he has rounded off a couple of good performances with a little bit of icing on the cake today. So there are some positive things and that is the point that I'm trying to make.

DS: Peters seems to be relishing that central role that you're giving him - just playing off Marcus Stewart.

RS: Yes, he does and he was a threat wasn't he, and he was a threat throughout the whole game. It was a lovely build-up that led to the goal that got us back in it. I think the third Forest goal was the annoying one really. If we could have kept it at 2-1 then maybe we would have got back in it and threatened them a little bit more.

DS: Any complaints about (lack of a) free kick (for the first goal)?

RS: To be fair to Bennett he showed great desire. He was on the floor and he got himself off the floor and took the ball. What I was more concerned about was that Marvin didn't get an awful lot of back-up for somebody else to come in and see my player is down, I'm going to come in and try and get a block on. But fair play to Bennett there because he has taken it ever so well. For the free kick (for the third goal), you might question Mildy but he has gone right over the top of the wall and the only way perhaps to deal with that one is to have a player on the post and even then it might have gone in anyway. So yes, they took their goals well. But I was a little bit disappointed that we conceded possession in the wrong areas. It's habits and you want to be forming good habits and not bad habits.

DS: You seem to have attracted more players to the club over the course of the season who are capable of running with the ball at speed and taking people on. Are you looking for more from Marvin Williams for next season?

RS: Yes, you're looking for all of them to contribute, but they've shown a little bit more recently. But they are only young and there are about five 20 year olds out there. Aidan Downes is 19, Smith is 20, Peltier is 20, Peters is 20, Marvin is 20 and it's a nucleus of a young side that we've got out there. So the signs are good but you've got to get the signs right, the chemistry right and the blend right and obviously that is what I am striving to do.

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