Interview : Russell Slade : 02/08/2008
Russell Slade Talks To BBC Bristol After The 1-0 Win Over Weymouth
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Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade talked to BBC Somerset's Pete Simson after his side had won 1-0 against Weymouth at the Wessex Stadium on August 2nd 2008.

PS: Russell, a pleasing pre-season run-out. What did you learn from today?

RS: Well obviously it's all about progress and we are looking to progress and work the system and the shape. We had some dogged opposition today, but we continued to create chances and we were perhaps guilty of being a little bit wasteful at times. I thought we got into some good positions and maybe the final ball or the final cross sometimes let us down, albeit that I thought their keeper made two great saves in the first half, particularly the double-save to keep Paul Warne out. I was hoping that Warney would get on the scoresheet, because he deserved it as he'd had two or three great chances to get himself a goal, which would be good for confidence. But overall I'm really pleased. I think the main important thing is that we came through it today with no injuries.

PS: There were some really pleasing passages of play, especially in the first half, with Gavin Tomlin at the centre of those. He did well dropping deep didn't he?

RS: Yes, that's what I brought him in for - to fill that role. He does that well at times and he is very creative, and I thought we created a number of opportunities. The same applies to Danny Schofield who is another one who is very creative. Those two at times can open up a back four as you've seen through the pre-season. As I've said, it's early days, but if they can continue to do that in the league then hopefully we'll create the chances necessary to create a few goals.

PS: Weymouth didn't offer too much going forward, but you must be pleased with Asmir Begovic. He played 90 minutes and was called on a couple of times to make some fine saves, especially late on in the second half.

RS: It's been good to have him back in the club these last few days. He was called on, as you say. I always see the sign of a quality keeper when they do make that one save when you're asking them to concentrate for long periods without doing anything. He made the save that needed to be made during the entire 90 minutes really and he did that very well for us.

PS: Obviously it became a little bit disjointed in the second half with all the changes that were made. Was that a message from you to slow things down and take things easy given that you don't want any injuries going into next week?

RS: The message before the game was to look after yourself. We needed to come through unscathed today. But by the same token we needed to work hard. I felt we played with a big heart. Yes, it did get a bit disjointed, but that's only natural when you make all those changes. That is to rest players because it's been a very warm day today, and it is very hot out there. In fact one of their players had to be brought off early because he was a bit dehydrated. So that shows you how warm it was out there for some of the players today.

PS: Are you pleased with the way pre-season has gone? What sort of shape do you think you are in, leading up to Walsall?

RS: Well, I think we've done a lot better than a lot of people thought we may do. Some of the performances have been pleasing. I still think we've got a long way to go, because it is early days, but it is encouraging, and I think we go into the first game of the new season with at least a little bit of know-how about what we're doing and a little bit of confidence.

PS: And finally do the players get to have a stroll on the beach or a dip in the sea before they go back to Yeovil?

RS: Probably not, but the gaffer does! I'm going to make the best of tomorrow. The boys need their rest, and I can go about and contemplate walking in the sea and thinking about seven days time.

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