Interview : Russell Slade : 30/08/2008
Russell Slade Talks To BBC Local Radio After The 4-1 Defeat At Carlisle
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Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade talked to the BBC's Rob Scanlon after his side had lost 4-1 at Carlisle United on August 30th 2008.

Qu: Russell, commiserations as the unbeaten run ends. But do you get the feeling that not too many teams will come away from here with three points?

RS: It's always a difficult place to come for sure, but we got ourselves in a good situation, didn't we? There was not too much happening really during the first period and there weren't too many chances. But we managed to get a goal and Carlisle only really began to put pressure on us during the five minute before half time. Unfortunately, there were too many crosses coming in and then inevitably they got themselves in a good situation and got themselves an equaliser just before half time. That was a great tonic for them to be honest.

We came out in the second half and I thought we were excellent for the first 10 minutes. I thought we should have taken the lead but it didn't happen and against the run of play, Carlisle got their second goal. What then really went on and killed us was a bit of a rash challenge really, through Lee Peltier for the penalty, and at 3-1 that is a mountain to climb, isn't it?

Qu: How crucial was that first goal? Did that change your team talk at half time?

RS: Well it wasn't crucial enough, because we couldn't build on it. I still didn't think we were doing enough to stop their balls into the box and it was inevitable that at some stage that they would get themselves a goal through a knockdown or whatever, because Terry (Skiverton) can't be clearing everything up in the box, and if we were going to go that deep and not defend everything then Carlisle were going to get a goal.

Qu: Gavin Tomlin scored but was then withdrawn at half time. Was that a tactical decision?

RS: Yes it was, because I needed to change things around as that was only going to continue. The last 10 minutes before half time were our worst 10 minutes of the game in my opinion, and if it had gone on any longer we would have been 3-1 down before we'd even got in at half time. So we needed half time as a matter of fact and we changed things around and I thought we were excellent for 10 minutes and I thought that was our best 10 minutes of the whole game. I looked at the clock and there was something like 54 minutes gone and I thought it was a great start to the half because we should have been 2-1 up. They hadn't had a cross and they hadn't had a shot and they hadn't been in our box.

Qu: Nathan Smith getting injured just before was not the ideal preparation was it?

RS: No it's not and things like that are going against us a little bit. We just hope that little bit of fortune changes our way. As we've said, when we get our strong eleven out, we have energy, we have a discipline about us, we're a threat going forward. But today, when things are not going for you, it maybe unsettles players who are not in the positions they are used to playing in and things can get a little bit unbalanced. But the main point of today is that when we lose the ball we have to do better. We have to stop crosses from coming into the box and we have to defend better.

Qu: Is it a team responsibility in terms of defending, because there were no individual mistakes apart from maybe the penalty. It was good attacking but maybe the team as a whole not defending as a unit?

RS: Yes, as a unit. Some individuals have defended remarkably well at times today. But it is about doing it as a team consistently. It's about reducing the odds of them getting a goal and trying to minimise the risk factor. Defensively as a side today, we took too many risks.

Qu: What positives can you take? I thought Andre McCollin looked very sharp when he came on.

RS: Yes, Andre has done OK. He was on there and he had a great chance on the edge of the box to get himself a goal, and a header that he couldn't quite measure up to. So we're pleased with him. It's a knock back and we're disappointed we've lost a game but this is a difficult place to come. Hopefully we can get one or two players back and get ourselves back to winning ways.

Qu: You've got a long trip and then Brentford away. It's not ideal is it, but you'll be looking to bounce back immediately.

RS: Yes, there is no respite for us, but that's life at the minute. Hopefully we'll have a body count and find that we've got enough to go to Brentford with.

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