Interview : Russell Slade : 21/10/2008
Russell Slade talks to BBC Radio Bristol after the 3-2 win over Crewe
Russell Slade
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Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade talked to BBC local reporter Pete Simson after his side had beaten Crewe Alexandra 3-2 at Huish Park on October 21st 2008.

RS: If we get too many more games like that, then I'm going to age quickly! We were 2-0 up and we were obviously in control in what was turning out to be a terrific performance, but then to be at 2-2 in the space of a few minutes with not an awful lot of time to go was incredibly frustrating. But fair play (to Crewe). We made the substitution and we didn't have too many options, but Gavin was one of them and we put him on up front and he provided the cross, and Darren Way was brave enough to keep his toe on the ball and it managed to go in off the post. It would have been an absolute travesty if we'd lost the football match tonight, because I thought that (we dominated) apart from those five minutes when they took an almighty chance by going 4-2-4. We just needed to adjust to that when they made the two substitutions and we didn't get a grip on it, and it was 2-2 before we knew where we were. But credit to us, because we kept going and we certainly deserved the win massively tonight.

PS: What was going through your mind, when Crewe equalised?

RS: You don't want to know really. It was really x-rated!

PS: Is it right to say that up until that moment that the game was completely yours?

RS: Well it was. They'd done everything that I'd asked of them. We'd kept our tempo up, we'd moved the ball well and we'd created chances. We were very dominant and you couldn't see a way back for Crewe. They made their two substitutions and that clearly had an impact and it got them a goal back, and then for the first time in the game we looked that little bit jittery - particularly our young players. That's where we can't afford to panic. Fair play, we played it like a cup tie and we kept going. I didn't feel the game was finished at 2-2. That wasn't to say that I thought we were going to win 3-2. We could have even lost 3-2 at that stage. Fortunately we got the goal and we deserved it.

PS: From the calm before all of the theatrics ...

RS: There was no calm out there tonight!

PS: ... there were some good performances out there, particularly Danny Schofield who was excellent tonight.

RS: His two finishes were absolute quality. He is a quality player and he's now scored four. In terms of league goals, he's now our top scorer. I told you that he'd get eight goals from a wide position and he is already halfway there. So I'm really pleased with Danny. He had a minor set-back with that injury earlier in the season. But he's back to his best now and I'm delighted because he has got so much to offer. Of course we've now got the opportunity, if we want to, to bring Gary Roberts back into the squad on Saturday.

PS: Tonight was a real boost and you've got another home game this weekend and confidence will be sky high going into that.

RS: We need more of the same, don't we? We need to perform again to that sort of level and that sort of tempo. One swallow doesn't make a summer, and we have got to go out there and reproduce because if we don't reproduce then what we've done today will not be a waste of time, but will certainly be a setback. We don't want that.

PS: A word on Craig Alcock, who slotted in splendidly at right-back, but it just goes to show how just a small lapse in concentration can make a difference at this level.

RS: Absolutely right. We didn't look troubled and I thought Craig had covered it and done his job, but somehow he has got a shot in and it was 2-1. That's the trouble with my team at times, in that because there are so few games between some of these players, we lack that experience and with that we lack concentration from time to time and obviously that showed from one moment to another. If that happens in a key moment, then we are in trouble.

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