Interview : Russell Slade : 23/08/2008
Russell Slade talks to BBC Local Radio after the 1-1 draw against Leeds
Russell Slade
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Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade talked to BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson after his side had drawn 1-1 against Leeds United at Huish Park on August 23rd 2008.

RS: I am delighted with the comeback in the second half. Football is such a strange game and sometimes you never know quite what's on the next page. Today it was a story worth reading really. We've lost a couple of players, we've gone 1-0 down, and then we've had a follow-up to a penalty and that was a fantastic story to finish on. In the end, we didn't quite make it the epic by getting the winning goal, because that would have been fantastic if we could have turned it into a real fairytale ending with the winning goal, which in a way we deserved. But to go from where we came from with the injuries and being 1-0 down, it was a terrific effort.

PS: It was a game of so many talking points, one of which was the penalty. I've got to ask you how you saw that because it came as a bolt out of the blue.

RS: I didn't see it. And to be sure I didn't expect it. We've not had one in 115 games, so I certainly didn't expect it. So fair play to the referee, because he's seen it off the ball. He's been alert enough to see it. The boys have said it was a definite push so the referee has given it. So yes, it was a penalty, but we're not used to getting them, are we?

PS: There were eight bookings in the game. Did you think it was that sort of a match where it had the potential to boil over at times? There were a lot of challenges flying in at times and you mentioned those two injuries that you've got as well.

RS: I don't think we boiled over at all. I thought we were strong and mentally tough, but I don't think we boiled over. I don't think you saw a Yeovil Town player getting in the referee's face all afternoon. I thought we got up and got on with the game. I thought there was a spell in the second half where we had the opposition rattled for 15 minutes, and really at that point we should have put them to the sword. But we didn't and we're still thankful that we managed to get a point today, given where we came from with the injuries and going 1-0 down so early, that was very good for us.

PS: Do you have any news on Aidan Downes and Danny Schofield?

RS: Danny was whizzed off to the hospital. We don't think there is a fracture. We had whizzed him off to hospital to have an x-ray but they didn't give him one, which bamboozles me slightly. We think he's OK and we hope it is just bruising, so that is good news. Aidan Downes has done his medial ligaments in his knee, so he could be out for a good few weeks. Of the others, Darren Way will probably need an x-ray on his cheekbone. He has had a couple of stitches and we just need to know that is not cracked. So there are a few injury worries of course. That is a problem for us, and that is perhaps the downside of the day and that will always be the downside with such a small squad.

PS: What's your overriding perspective on the day, because you had chances to nick that game in the second half.

RS: Yes, I thought we did tremendously well. Different people had to play in different positions and in the end we finished up with a three man midfield with Gavin Tomlin on one side and Paul Warne on the left-hand side, and Lloyd down the middle. It was only really the back four that didn't change, other than we had Nathan Jones coming in at the start for Nathan Smith. So players have had to go into different positions and do a job. They've done that and they've taken the responsibility and that was terrific.

PS: You mentioned Nathan Smith. There's a lot of speculation that went round the ground when he wasn't named on the teamsheet. Can you clarify what's happened there?

RS: Oh dear, that's because you lot must have boring lives! No, he's got an injury. He's got a groin strain or an abductor strain. So he's been pulling out of training in the last couple of days but for obvious reasons, I don't tell you everything. But it was in his interest not to play today. He could well be available for Tuesday but we'll monitor the situation. What we don't want is a long term injury with him and we felt best to rest it today.

PS: You have a run of away games coming up. If I could ask you about Middlesbrough on Tuesday night. Is that a good place to be going to at this stage of the season?

RS: It would be good on our current form away from home! Two wins out of two so I'm delighted with that. So we'll go there in confident mood. It would be nice if we can make a few recoveries on the player situation but it is a great place to go. What a fantastic occasion it is for us to go to Middlesbrough! It is the first time in the club's history and the boys will relish that. There might only be eight or ten thousand there but it is a fantastic opportunity to be playing there against Premier League opposition. We're flying up on Monday and we're going to enjoy it. We're going there on Tuesday, we'll have a lie-in and then we'll come back on Wednesday and get ready for Carlisle.

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