Interview : Russell Slade : 19/07/2008
Russell Slade talks to BBC Radio Bristol after the 2-0 win over Barnsley
Russell Slade
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Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade talked to local journalist Chris Spittles after the 2-0 pre-season win over Barnsley on July 19th 2008.

RS: It's early days and it is only a workout. This is just a start, to get out there on the pitch, to get the players together in a bit more of a competitive environment and a few fans watching and the quality of the opposition from the Championship made it a nice little competition really.

I thought in terms of winning a football match we did more than enough to win a football match. That wasn't the main objective. The main objective was for us to get some fitness under our belts, particularly some match fitness, and to try our people where we think they may have a role to play during the season.

Obviously I was quite pleased with everybody, particularly in the first period. Of course we made some changes in the second period which I think totalled all eleven players and the boys that came on, some of whom have only been with us for a few days, and we've had a look at them for another 25 minutes, and so the exercise was well worthwhile.

CS: The first goal was a really well-worked move as well.

RS: It was. What I was pleased with, was that we got so many people in the box at that particular stage. Danny was in there, Gav was in there, Warney was in there and I think Aidan Downes was in there. When you've got bodies in the box, then sometimes it falls to the right man. We know he can score, because we've seen it in training with young Gavin. I think he scored 24 goals for Fisher Athletic last year and he is technically sound, and he's got off to a flying start there.

CS: How impressed have you been with him? He's obviously come in from non-league, but he seems to have adapted very quickly.

RS: Yes, we're impressed enough to hope to sign him in the next day or two. So we've been very pleased with him. You sometimes go looking for weaknesses. We're very pleased with him, but sometimes you go looking for weaknesses on the training ground. We had a little game against Dorchester a week or so ago where we went looking for weaknesses and really apart from him not being the best defender in the world, although he's not a defender if you take my point! He's done exceptionally well. He is very creative and he loves to get forward and we're very pleased with what he has contributed so far. Hopefully we can put pen to paper and make that one a permanent move.

CS: He showed his class in playing a key role today, playing just off the striker and so was really the chief creator in your team.

RS: Yes, I think one of the things I like about him is that even if the ball goes astray, he still wants the ball and he is hungry to get on the ball. When he is on the ball then things might happen, so we are happy for him to do that. He really does have a confidence about him. That's good and that's what you need in that, because you can't hide in that position and you need your player in that key role to get on it.

CS: The second goal came from Lloyd. You had Lloyd and Andy Kirk on the bench today and Paul Warne starting up front. You've got options up there haven't you?

RS: Yes, I went up top for the last 25 minutes. I had a word with a couple of the boys who had come off and then I went up to the top to look at things a little bit more objectively at the boys that had come on. It was a good ball through and Lloyd took that really well, and then he's swung at it and he's hit it really sweetly and to put it in off the post like that was a great finish. I'm pleased for him. I thought that once the game settled that we created chances throughout. To get a couple of goals out of it was pleasing.

CS: Your other two signings Danny Schofield and Darren Way played very well.

RS: Yes, for me I think that Schofield is a real class act. He is a Championship footballer playing in League One. As you know, I have tried to sign him on more than one occasion and I'm just so happy that he's decided to choose us this time around. I said that he would be a good player. I don't think the pitch was really conducive for Danny. The grass is a touch long so you can't run with the ball so much. He is so clever and his movement is so clever and he always looks as though he might get on the end of something. I'm really pleased with him and I think he's a really good player. I hope he stays injury free because touchwood it will be fascinating to see him develop over the season.

CS: With Darren Way it was like he'd never been away from the football club, the way he slotted back in.

RS: Absolutely, and I think also that when he came to us at Christmas that he was maybe not 100 percent fit. But with the pre-season behind him now, he is gathering pace now and I think he will go from strength to strength. He has been immaculate in training and again today he was absolutely immaculate. And alongside Birch, I thought those two worked really hard shutting down as a pair and keeping us nice and solid. I thought that was something that was evident in our game, particularly when Barnsley came at us just after half time. I felt we stood firm.

CS: Are you still looking to add one or two more. Obviously you've still got to bring a goalkeeper in.

RS: Yes, of course we need to address that but it is important not to panic. I've got the right signings in Schofield and Darren Way. I was particularly pleased with Gavin Tomlin and even Kieran Murtagh when he came on. He showed he's got some real ability. Nathan Smith has got a slight injury to his knee but he should be available for Monday. Scott Guyett has also picked up a bit of an injury in training but he may be not fit for Monday but certainly the tour. Obviously we still need to address the goalkeeper and we do need to add in a couple of positions to strengthen the squad.

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