Interview : Russell Slade : 20/09/2008
Russell Slade talks to BBC Radio Bristol after the 2-2 draw against Bristol Rovers
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Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade talked to BBC Bristol reporter Alistair Durden after the 2-2 draw with Bristol Rovers on September 20th 2008.

AD: Russell, it was a cracking game, but I guess disappointment in that having led twice that you didn't come out with all three points in the end?

RS: Yes, I think so. Once again, I think we've done enough in terms of performance to win a game. But maybe we have something missing that is not turning these draws into wins. We took our goals particularly well and controlled the game for long periods. We're disappointed in the way that we conceded the goals for sure. But we'll battle on, we'll soldier on and Bristol Rovers aren't a bad side and they always remained a threat from a corner or a free kick.

AD: Terry Skiverton has got the opener but he was then penalised for a handball. Has he been able to shed any light on that decision?

RS: They were blocking Terry from corners. Terry got blocked off and he's tried to win it, he's stumbled and his arm has gone up and it has caught his hand. So that was a bit unfortunate really.

AD: It was a terrific finish from Gary Roberts just before half time - that was just what you needed I guess.

RS: Yes, that was what we needed. It was a great finish and it capped a great performance by him. I thought he was outstanding and was by far our best player today.

AD: Is that a partnership, when Darren is on the field, that is evolving?

RS: I hope so. That's the second time they have played together. We've lost Darren and obviously that was a big miss at half time. But Gary took control of the game for long periods. He's a lot fitter now and he is starting to look a player.

AD: What was the problem with Darren?

RS: He's jolted his knee in a tackle and he is a little bit sore. There was a little bit of swelling and we really need to see it for a second time. So it was advisable to bring him off at half time.

AD: Jo Kuffour did come on and I know you said before the game that you expected him to start, but bearing in mind that he scored within 60 seconds, maybe it was a good thing that he didn't start. He was hard to handle, wasn't he?

RS: Yes, he is capable of doing what he did today. It was a good substitution for them and it paid off. Sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn't, and today it has paid off.

AD: Both sides have hit the bar, but when you look at the whole game across the 90 minutes, was 2-2 the right result?

RS: I don't know. Maybe I'm slightly biased but I thought we did enough to shade the game. I thought we played the better football and I thought we created one or two better openings than Bristol Rovers did. Perhaps we were guilty of being a bit more wasteful at times. There was a marvellous chance that Andy Welsh couldn't quite convert with about 20 minutes to go that was very close range and maybe that was our best opportunity in the second half.

AD: And Gavin Tomlin came a shoelace width away from getting the winner with the last kick of the game.

RS: Yes, that was another one. So we're creating and I think that is the encouraging thing. We're scoring goals, which is something we had a problem with last year. We just want to turn some of these draws round and send our fans home happy with a win.

AD: You've picked up four points with the four draws. Do you feel you're worth more than that really?

RS: Absolutely. We were worth a win last week and again I might be guilty of bias, but I felt we were worth a win in the Leeds game, and probably shaded today's.

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