Interview : Russell Slade : 25/10/2008
Russell Slade talks to BBC Radio Bristol after the 0-0 draw against Leyton Orient
Russell Slade
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Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade talked to BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson after his side had drawn 0-0 at home to Leyton Orient on October 25th 2008.

RS: Obviously it wasn't a classic. I don't think the conditions allowed it to be a classic. Certainly with two teams, where points are precious at the moment, they went out to be tight, be strong, not give much away and perhaps to nick one. I thought we were the more adventurous of the two, by and large. I thought we created the three major chances of the game. There was one in the first half that fell to Roberts, one in the second half that Owen hit the bar and he was unlucky as he made a good connection, and finally Darren Way's header at the death. They were the best three chances of the game, and it's those sort of scrappy games that you've got to dig out and win 1-0. But we've taken four points from the two games and that's better than nothing. As I said on Tuesday, it gives us something to build on. It's only a little brick, but it moves us forward, it gets us out of the bottom four. As you know, we have a big game on Tuesday again. Bodies are tight and it's going to be all hands to the deck, but hopefully we can dig something out at Huddersfield, who are finding life a little bit difficult at home right now.

PS: Talking of performances to build on, the first clean sheet of the season must have delighted you.

RS: If you'd asked me before the game if it was going to be a clean sheet today - I thought it was going to be a very open game. But it remained fairly tight and possession was fairly even today. Probably the conditions helped them more than us. I really wouldn't have bet on a 0-0 today, but there you go, it's the first clean sheet of the season.

PS: Without wanting to draw on the conditions, it's not the first time this season that there's been such a strong wind and that does make it tough bringing the ball out of defence and doing the basic things that are usually so much more easier. Especially in the first half it seemed to have a bearing on the way you played.

RS: It stops you playing. What it does is it stops you playing one-touch football sometimes, or even two-touch, because you have to take that extra touch to get the ball under control. If you let balls bounce, they take an eternity to come down, and it makes for a lack of fluency for both teams. It means there are only pockets of interesting and attractive football. Some of that came from Andy Welsh, I thought. He had one or two periods where he has got past his wide man. We got in a couple of decent crosses today, but I still feel that we seemed to go where the ball wasn't. We were going past the near post if it was delivered to the far post, or we've headed to the back post if it was delivered at the near post. We've got to sort that out a little bit, but they know that as well. I found that a bit frustrating.

PS: You mentioned Gary Roberts' chance at the end of the first half. He seemed to be really livid with himself. But all in all, it was an excellent performance coming back into the side.

RS: Oh yes, he's done well. It was a great knockdown by Scott Rendell, and he (Gary Roberts) has gone onto it. I think you've got to give credit to the keeper really. I think he has spread himself well and blocked it well. Yes, it was a wonderful chance and probably the best chance of the half really.

PS: Gareth Owen at the end did everything, got on the end of it, but it just didn't fall on the right side of the bar.

RS: Well there you see, all you would want from your centre-half is to make good contact. He's made excellent contact with the side of the foot and if it was another inch further down then it would have been in the back of the net off the bottom of the crossbar. That's just unfortunate and they got away with that a little bit today.

PS: Four points from two games. Are you generally pleased, going into Tuesday night?

RS: Yes, but when you win the first one on the Tuesday you get greedy and you want the three points on the Saturday. But I suppose that if you'd said at the beginning of the week that if you'd got the four points from the two games, would you be reasonably happy, I suppose that the answer to that question would have been yes, we would be reasonably happy. It would show that we'd won a game, and that we'd got something to build on. But I was desperate for the six.

PS: You get your third game in a week on Tuesday. Did today have any adverse effects? I saw Scott Rendell was taken off.

RS: Yes, I thought he looked a bit tired today, particularly in the latter stages. He's had a lot of football after not having had a lot of football. Gary Roberts has got a bit of a groin strain and he was struggling in the last 20 minutes so we'll just have to see. We're having cool-downs and warm-downs and treatments. But we'll get a team out on Tuesday, I'm sure.

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