Interview : Russell Slade : 06/12/2008
Russell Slade talks to BBC Radio Bristol after the 0-0 draw at Hartlepool
Russell Slade
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Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade talked to BBC Bristol's Rob Scanlon after his side had drawn 0-0 against Hartlepool United on December 6th 2008.

Qu: Russell, thanks for joining me. How pleased were you with your side's display?

RS: I'm really pleased again with the work ethic and the endeavour throughout the game. What was pleasing was that we were actually creating chances as well and I thought we had some good opportunities, particularly in the first half when I felt the best chances came our way. We had one or two hairy moments, mainly from set plays and things in the second half. But I thought Brown had a great header that was an opportunity for us to take all three points. But if you had said to me before the game a draw, then I might well have taken it, because it is a difficult place to come here. I felt it was a very open game and in the second half it really opened up remarkably. On another day we might well have won it. But let's not get greedy. We came to get something here. We came and we were positive and we tried to be positive all over the pitch. That was the message and I felt I got that from the team, albeit that we didn't get that vital goal.

Qu: Goals may be a bit of an issue, but the strike partnership looked very good today with Gifton Noel-Williams and Luke Rodgers.

RS: I thought so. It was a little-man and big-man. They seemed to be reading each others runs. Gifton was the focus and was winning his headers and Luke was in there and could have helped himself to a goal early on. But hopefully that could get better and better. But we'll just have to wait and see what is going to happen with the Gifton situation.

Qu: It doesn't help either when you are forced into an early sub with Craig Alcock coming off.

RS: No, we had to redesign the back four a little bit and shuffle Forbesy out to right back. He did a grand job when Craig came off. He's got a bit of a knee injury and of course we replaced him with big Browny in the centre of defence.

Qu: The three strikers they had have plenty of pedigree there and plenty of goals in them but you handled them very well.

RS: Yes I thought we did, by and large. I thought we restricted them to not too many chances to be honest. They were a little bit of a threat from set plays as they've got some big bodies. But I thought we headed and we blocked things and I thought we were extremely resilient.

Qu: Lee Peltier struck the crossbar in the first half with an excellent strike and it looked as though the keeper might have got a tip on it.

RS: I forgot about that one! We're encouraging him to try and be positive and he was, and he managed to get that strike away and in fairness the keeper was beaten. He was a little bit unfortunate.

Qu: With such a threadbare squad, it's encouraging that the guys that have had to come in replacing Darren Way and Gary Roberts have done well.

RS: Yes, they have. There was nothing wrong with the performance. We'd just like to win a few more football matches of course. That's been difficult away from home, but we've got ourselves a vital point away today. Hopefully that sets us up. What we've got to not do now, after all that hard work that we've put into today's game, is when we play Stockport next week, is to throw that away. We've got to build on it.

Qu: Was Luke Rodgers coming off just to give him a bit of a rest? Obviously he hasn't played many 90 minutes worth recently?

RS: Yes and just for those last six or seven minutes for Gav Tomlin to do something that maybe they weren't used to. As you say, Luke has not played too many 90 minutes in the last six weeks and I think he was feeling it just a tad.

Qu: It's a long journey back again, but it is a free week and then it's Stockport on Saturday. I understand you've banned all talk of that FA Cup game, but it would be nice to get revenge wouldn't it?

RS: Well we are trying to do our very best at home and get some wins under our belt. It's timely really, that Stockport are coming.

Qu: It's a busy Christmas ahead and points like this are invaluable aren't they? At Hartlepool, not many sides will come here and do what you've done.

RS: No, I think it's a difficult place to come and get a result. But I thought we deserved it and you've got to give credit to the players. I thought we were positive all over the pitch and came here to try and win a game.

Qu: Finally the supporters as well, who backed you with their voices. They kept singing all the way through.

RS: Absolutely magnificent - from about two o'clock by the way. They were magnificent and I know they will have appreciated the shift that the boys put in today, and we appreciate them.

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