Interview : Russell Slade : 11/11/2008
Russell Slade talks to BBC local radio following the 1-0 defeat against Leicester City
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Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade talked to BBC local radio reporter Rob Scanlon after his side had lost 1-0 to Leicester City at the Walkers Stadium on November 11th 2008.

Qu: Russell, disappointment in defeat ...

RS: No, no. There's no disappointment in defeat. I'm proud of what they've done today. I'm really proud of my team because I thought they'd gone out and given absolutely everything. I couldn't have asked for anything more, and I don't think that any other manager in the country could have got another inch of sweat or desire out of this team tonight. I thought they were terrific.

Qu: With the side that Leicester have got with several multi-million pound signings you ran them very close, even with all the pedigree they've got.

RS: That's the point that I made. It's not a level playing field, and so to come to places like Leicester is always going to be tough. I thought we equipped ourselves really well and we showed tactical awareness. We changed it and opened it up a little bit more at half time and in the final 10 minutes we opened it up even further by going 4-3-3 and if we had had one or two more decent crosses coming in when we had Leicester under severe pressure in the last seven or eight minutes then maybe we could have snatched a goal. That would have been just reward for the effort that the boys put in tonight.

Qu: The first goal, that finished you off in the end, seemed to come out of nothing. It was a cross-field pass but it was a bit of a slip from Terrell.

RS: Yes, we're really disappointed with the goal. It's a mistake. He (Forbes) is big enough to put his hands up. He's made a mistake and it has cost us dearly. But after that there were a couple of opportunities. Darren Way put a volley just wide.

Qu: There was also a nice bit of interplay between Aidan Downes and Danny Schofield for a header.

RS: Yes, and Aidan could have perhaps done a little bit better with the header to be honest. He's had a volley as well. There were a couple of chances and probably the closest was near the end when Warney was a toe-nail away from stabbing the ball in the back of the net from a cross. As I say, you want to create more and you want to to provide more goalmouth action for your team away at Leicester City, but that's not easy. I thought we equipped ourselves really well tonight and I couldn't have asked for any more and nobody in the world could have got any more out of that team tonight.

Qu: The guys that came into the side after recent layoffs, in Aidan Downes and Nathan Smith, how did you think they did?

RS: I think they did great on the whole. I think they got a bit tired. They made one or two mistakes, but I thought that was inevitable. It was a great game to throw them back in, and I threw them back in and you saw signs of the old Nathan Smith in the first period when he was galloping past players. He made one or two mistakes and perhaps tired near the end, but certainly he can be satisfied with his first game back following his operation.

Qu: Leicester supporters were getting a bit panicky near the end when they were getting a bit hurried. Do you think if you'd gone in at half time at 0-0 that really would have set you up for a victory?

RS: Yes, although football is all full of ifs and buts, isn't it? The facts of the matter were that we were losing. But I did say to them, if after 80 minutes it is still 1-0, don't worry about that - that's OK. That was because they could start feeling a little bit edgy, which they did. They were starting to be put under pressure and at that stage there was only one team going to grab the next goal in my opinion.

Qu: Gifton Noel-Williams now knows what it is like to be the lone striker and he had to put up with a few pushes and pulls. But he did well.

RS: I don't think he minds all that, does he? I think that's part and parcel of him being a centre-forward. But yes, he'll be pleased that he's got through that 90 minutes, and hopefully he'll come out of that game OK with that. So I was pleased with him as he worked exceptionally hard. He has tried to help the others around him which is pleasing.

Qu: Scott Rendell has now returned to his parent club. Is he someone you might look to bring back in the future?

RS: We'll sit down and have a look at it, but I think that if you've got Gifton in your side at the moment, then it is probably not the right sort of partnership to pursue really. But Scott has done great for us, and we're pleased with his contribution.

Qu: Obviously with the Luke Rodgers deal dead in the water as we said before the game, you're going to be looking at another list of strikers. We spoke earlier in the season at Hereford and you said there were still quite a lot of strikers out of work, so do you have a few options?

RS: There are not so many now. Most of them are tied up and they are banging on goals for some team or another. So we'll have to see. They are not easy to come by and everyone is looking for one, and everybody wants that one that can bang 20 goals in for them. They are not easy to find and if you find one then they will cost you a lot of money.

Qu: Finally, Peterborough are another top six side on Saturday, but you are at home. You'll be looking to get a second home win of the season.

RS: Yes, I hope we come out of this game and that we take some of the plusses that we've gained tonight. We need to take those with us and into the game against Peterborough and try and come out on top.

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