Interview : Russell Slade : 06/09/2008
Russell Slade talks to BBC Radio Bristol after the 0-3 defeat against MK Dons
Russell Slade
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Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade spoke to BBC Somerset's Pete Simson after his side had lost 3-0 at MK Dons on September 6th 2008.

PS: Russell, a disappointing result. Where do you think it went wrong for you?

RS: I thought we made a couple of mistakes that proved costly on the day. If you analysed the possession, I thought we had a little bit more than them on the day as the away side and I thought we had a number of chances to go with that, but didn't quite finish our work off and we perhaps lacked that bit of conviction in front of goal. But when you make mistakes like that, it is difficult to win football matches. We conceded four last week at Carlisle which means to win a football match you've got to score five. We conceded three today, so to win that football match we've got to go and score four. That is not easy on your travels. We have to go back to basics, particularly away from home and get that resilient side to us. Maybe the balance of the side is a little bit too creative in many ways, in that we showed some good things going forward, and we looked promising and we looked a nice side. But I don't want to see just a nice side, I want to see a side that can come to places like these and win a game.

PS: I guess that instilling that kind of rugged mentality away from home is quite hard to do but individual mistakes are even more disappointing. How unhappy are you with your players this evening?

RS: Well it doesn't help when you've not got Darren Way. Darren was brought into the side for that purpose. We're very disappointed. It's been a difficult period for us with the four games on the bounce. But we have two games now (at home). We're only five or six games into the season so there's a long long way to go. It's important now that we knuckle down and get back to basics a little bit. We've got two home games to look forward to. We can forget about this, but only if we start getting results at home. That puts a bit more pressure on us to get a result at home but that is what we've brought upon ourselves right now.

PS: Is there pressure only six games into the season? Obviously people will look at the goals that have been conceded in the last fortnight?

RS: Well if you ask any manager, there is always pressure. If you ask any player, there is always pressure on them to deliver, because you're only as good as your last game and unfortunately our last game will be a 3-0 defeat at MK Dons.

PS: And a word on Andy Welsh, who made his debut today?

RS: Yes, I thought he did great. I thought he started well and that in the first 10 or 15 minutes he looked lively and I think the fans are going to like him. I think he'll get better as he has not played much football and that is his first game other than a reserve game for us earlier in the season. So I think there are better things to come from him. But I think there are better things to come from the whole side. I think that, if you look underneath and analyse it - and we will analyse it and we will pull it to bits - we are not a million miles away. We've come here and we've dominated little pockets of possession. We should have done better and we should have scored just after half time and gone one-each. But things are not quite happening for us, and when we are making a mistake right now we are getting punished massively for it.

PS: Is 3-0 an unfair reflection on the game, Russell?

RS: Yes, although you watched the game, didn't you? Did you think that was fair?

PS: That's not for me to say!

RS: I think it is, because you're making comments back to the public back home. So I think it's there for you to make a comment as well, and I'm sure you have. My comment was that I think we did create chances and I didn't think it was a 3-0, but we've got to learn to be resilient. We can't make the mistakes that we've made today and we have to deal with them.

PS: Thanks Russell.

RS: I thought you might finish there, just when I'd got you on the back foot!

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