Interview : Russell Slade : 26/08/2008
Russell Slade talks to BBC local radio after the 5-1 defeat against Middlesbrough
Russell Slade
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Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade talked to BBC Somerset's Pete Simson after his side had lost 5-1 to Premier League side Middlesbrough in the Second Round of the Carling Cup on August 26th 2008.

RS: We have to remember that Middlesbrough were very unfortunate not to get three points at Liverpool on Saturday, never mind one. If you put that together with the fact that they beat Spurs on the opening day. That gives you some idea of the task we had in front of us. When you then analyse that we had our whole left side missing from the start of the season in Nathan Smith and Danny Schofield and perhaps that was a little bit damaging for us as well. But we kept going and we kept trying to play. Middlesbrough showed some fantastic finishing that shows if you don't close down and if you make mistakes you get punished. They showed all those lessons. I just think that if we could have been playing them every week in pre-season, we would have been a much better side now, because we'd be learning all the time. I'm not sure how much Middlesbrough would be learning but we would be learning plenty.

PS: You alluded to it there - there are certainly things that you can take from this game and your young players can take from it, including the experience of going to Premier League opposition and seeing how clinical they can be.

RS: Yes, absolutely. I found it interesting that I was actually bringing players off as well and trying to think of Saturday when the game had gone beyond us at 4-1. So we've tried to be sensible. We've taken Darren Way off and he has just played the 60 minutes, along with Paul Warne and then Lee Peltier who has had a bit of a knock. So we've tried to look at the bigger picture as well and that's important to us. We didn't want to let our fans down and we wanted a good performance. But as the game was getting away from us, it was important for those boys to get their rest.

PS: There are hopefully other cup runs to be had later on in the season, but for now it's time to put this result to bed and look forward to Carlisle on Saturday which is an important game and another tough game.

RS: Yes, this is a terrific stadium and we played against a terrific side, who had plenty of ammunition to throw on as you saw on the teamsheet. So they will go back to their Premier League looking for a win on Saturday and we'll go back to League One, looking for success at Carlisle. That's the nature of football - the fact that these two clubs have been brought together is fantastic and that is a first for Yeovil Town to be playing against Middlesbrough (in a competitive fixture). As a player and as a manager, you want to come to these places more and more, but we go back to our respective leagues now and we get on with life and we hopefully both be successful.

PS: Gary Roberts and James Dayton made their full debuts for the side tonight. How do you think they got on?

RS: I thought Roberts did really well, particularly once I pushed him into the centre of midfield. We were getting over-run in midfield a little bit and so I put him in there and put Gavin Tomlin on that side. That's not Gav's best position, but we put him out there and I think it balanced the team up a little bit better. So I thought Roberts did particularly well. But it was a hard night down that left hand side for Nathan Jones and for James Dayton. It was a difficult night as I thought Middlesbrough were very strong going down that side and so it wasn't easy for them. But I'd also give a little word for Andre McCollin who came on and had half an hour tonight and he's had one shot that has just fired past the post and I thought he did some good work during the half hour that he was on.

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