Interview : Russell Slade : 18/10/2008
Russell Slade talks to BBC Radio Bristol after the 0-3 defeat against Northampton
Russell Slade
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Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade talked to BBC Bristol reporter Alistair Durden after his side had been beaten 3-0 at Northampton Town on October 18th 2008.

AD: Russell, did you lose that game in those three minutes when they scored twice?

RS: Yes, to be honest, I felt that their first goal came massively against the run of play. We'd had a free kick of our own only moments earlier. It was a well taken free kick, but I'm not sure that it was a free kick, although I'll have to tell you that before I have a look on the video, but I'm pretty sure that will confirm that it wasn't. But to be fair, he's taken it well and it's gone in off the post and it's not easy to save them. Maybe Asmir has given himself a lot to do, but that has got them on the up. Then before we could settle again, they've made it 2-0. That was a bit of a killer really, particularly as we'd started quite brightly. I saw good pockets of play and I think if you looked at the stats over the whole game, we probably had 55 to 60 percent of the possession, but that doesn't win you football matches.

AD: You're playing some good football, and both sides did today. How difficult is it to then have to come off the pitch and talk to your players, having lost the game fairly comprehensively today?

RS: It was comprehensive in terms of the scoreline, but not comprehensive in terms of the game itself, and I'm sure that Stuart (Gray) would agree with that. But you've got to be absolutely dominant in both boxes. We look a bit fragile from time to time when the ball is lost. They've got two big front men with a bit of quality, who have been around the block a few times and know how to undo teams at this level. We've got to do the same, and we've got to make sure that when we are in their box that we are converting our opportunities into goals. When we are at the back, we've got to make sure that we are not fragile, that we're not floppy and that we make sure that we get our tackles in and we get our blocks in and that we defend stubbornly.

AD: I suppose the difference between the two sides was that when you looked at the subs today, they were bringing on Leon Constantine, who has been proven at this level, and you're having to bring on teenagers at the moment. That's difficult for you, but is there any kind of flexibility for you to bring in someone of that kind of experience?

RS: I think the flexibility there is over, because I've just brought in two. Yes, we have a slim squad, and the sixteen that came today were obviously the only sixteen. Of course that proves to be difficult. It's not a level playing field - not financially anyway. It is going to be a hard season for us. We're going to have to learn quickly and we've got to move on. We've got a very busy week and the players know that. We've got to be positive with these two games that we've got at home and we've got to make the best of it. It isn't easy when we've got key players out. I thought we missed Gary Roberts who has been tremendous for us over recent weeks and we have missed him immensely today. We miss the directness of Aidan Downes, and we have two full-backs who I think are as good as any in the league and they are both out at the moment and that doesn't help our cause. But the players that get the shirt on Tuesday and get the shirt on Saturday have got to roll their sleeves up another two inches and they've got to fight for the cause. That is what I've promised them. I will have eleven players as soon as I possibly can, that will dig in for the cause and will start digging out results.

AD: There's a lot of young men out there. How tough a learning curve is it for them out there?

RS: It's really tough, but that's all part of it. If they want a living in the game and if they want a career that is going to go beyond League One, then they've got to learn quickly and take things on board. It is their lives and it has got to mean something, and that is the thing to educate and show them that football is a very important part of their world now.

AD: What were your thoughts on the red card?

RS: I'd have to see it again, to be honest. It looked a bit of a stumble over him, so I don't know whether he has caught him or not. We'll look at it and we'll see what we make of it.

AD: The match against Crewe now looks extra-important. I know you said before the game that every game is important but with the situation that you're both in at the bottom of the table, it seems to take on a lot more importance.

RS: Nobody will want to give anything away, will they? It's going to be one of those games that will be nervy and will have an edge to it, but we've got to make sure that we're up for that and positive and that we can step beyond the boundary of being just comfortable. We've got to be positive and go at them and really go out and get those three points.

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