Interview : Russell Slade : 09/08/2008
Russell Slade talks to the BBC after the 1-1 draw against Walsall
Russell Slade
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Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade talked to BBC Somerset's Pete Simson after the Glovers had opened up their League One season with a 1-1 draw against Walsall on August 9th 2008.

PS: Russell, was it the conditions that got the better of you today, do you think?

RS: I don't think it helped our cause, because in the second half things definitely got worse. That seems to happen every time we play Walsall at home and we've just been having a chuckle about that. The conditions were very difficult. We showed character in that second period where we defended very well from the corners and free kicks that were forced upon us. We needed to show a little more confidence on the ball to play out a little bit more and to keep it that little bit more. But it really wasn't easy for your opening game to defend in that and be bombarded.

PS: You say bombarded - were you worried for periods during that second half, because Walsall certainly seemed to have their tails up, didn't they?

RS: Yes, clearly their message was to throw balls into the box and into that final third and that's what they did. That was always going to be a threat for us because we are not the biggest side in the world. But to be fair to the players, I thought we defended that really well and you'd have to be honest that there was only really the one real chance just after half time where Asmir made a good save with his feet and other than that he's not really had to do anything else, but we've we've kind of gifted them the equalising goal sadly. But we'll learn from it.

PS: Prior to that some excellent showings in the first half. You seemed to be confident in the way that you were playing and passing and Gavin Tomlin must be delighted to get on the scoresheet on his debut.

RS: Yes, I thought there were some good passages of play in the first period. There was some enterprising football and on another day we could have been a couple of goals clear. Warney has had a header and then just before half time they were lucky that they had that ball land in Clayton's hands because it could have gone anywhere. So yes, I thought we were showing good signs in the first period with some good passages of play. Conditions didn't help us in the second half, but that's life and it's unusual to get those sort of conditions on the first day of the season. But perhaps it's because of Walsall that the weather arrived?

PS: Charlton on Tuesday, but beyond that you've got some tough fixtures for the rest of the month haven't you?

RS: They're all tough though aren't they because we've got a minute squad. We have to live with that and players are going to have to put double shifts in. But you saw today that nobody's head went down even when they scored. We kept battling away, even to the extent that we might have nicked one on the counter-attack near the end. But we'll play with a big heart and a big commitment and that's all I can ask for.

PS: Are we to expect reinforcements this week?

RS: Well it would be nice to get one or two extra bodies in, but we will have to wait and see. It might be that we can add in one more but we'll have to see what we've got to do. But certainly if we are going to add two or three then we are going to have to wheel and deal a little bit.

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