Interview : Russell Slade : 28/12/2008
Russell Slade talks to BBC Radio Bristol after the 1-1 draw at Millwall
Russell Slade
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Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade talked to BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson after his side had drawn 1-1 at Millwall on December 28th 2008.

PS: Russell, a 1-1 draw but Millwall is a tough place to come. How pleased are you with the result today?

RS: Yes, certainly before the game we might well have taken that. Paul Warne and Gary Roberts were out of contention through illness so that was difficult enough and a bit of a blow. But the second blow came after about three minutes when Millwall took the lead! I was disappointed with our opening five or ten minutes, but once we settled into the game, I thought we played some really good stuff. We played with good energy and good movement and we deserved to get back into the game and could have got back into it earlier. Allegedly we were offside - either Gavin or Luke and we're not really sure. But that looked a good move and a good finish really.

PS: The signs looked ominous in the way that Millwall pushed forward after you conceded early on. But you seemed to find your feet in the game and in the second half played your part in a great performance.

RS: Yes, I thought we did great, particularly on the counter-attack. We had that energy particularly with Danny Schofield, Welsh and also Aidan Downes who played in a three man midfield for the first time in his short career. He was terrific and the two up front worked very hard and Luke was a threat throughout the game. I thought we deserved to score more than one goal today and two goals would have won it.

PS: Luke Rodgers was on the mark for the second game in succession. Everyone is talking about him and his deal expiring. Can you give us any news on that?

RS: Well certainly that is something that we have got to discuss and sort out in the next few days. He has had a terrific game today. He got his goal against Cheltenham and I think that has helped him. That has given him a bit of confidence and as we saw today he looked lively and he got the ball in the back of the net twice and one of them counted again for him.

PS: There were some great performances and you did find your way back with an equaliser in the game. At the back you're always going to be under pressure here at the New Den, but considering he took a nasty bang to the head, Craig Alcock did ever so well.

RS: Yes, I think all of my back four are a little bit bashed up. Nathan Smith needs a couple of stitches in his lip. Craig has had a bang and Skivo has had a bang on his ankle, so they have put their bodies on the line today. That is required when you come to places like Millwall and I'm proud of them really. We defended well and we got our blocks in and we had that energy and that movement going forward to cause Millwall a number of problems.

PS: It's the last fixture of 2008. I know footballers don't always think in terms of calendar years, but how would you summarise the year, Russell? Mixed?

RS: I think that's probably right. I think if you analyse our last 13 games, I think we've won four, drawn five, lost four. That shows mixed fortunes really. But as I've said before, it's a tough league. We know that this year, and it is going to be tough for us all the way through the season, all the way through to the end of April and the beginning of May. It's going to be a tough tough year for us. But we're playing with the right spirit and the right attitude. We've got a good focus. It's about if we can keep enough bodies on the pitch and I think that is key for our season. We need to keep injury-free, and I think suspensions are going to play a part. I think that is Lee Peltier's 10th booking today and so that means he misses two, and so that is a blow again. So we've got to get over the blows that we get during the season and hopefully get enough points on the board.

PS: A performance like that bodes well for some tough fixtures coming up in January.

RS: Yes, but they are all tough. It's a tough tough league. We like that challenge and I think we've proved that we like that challenge today. Yes, we might make the wrong decisions at times and show a little lack of maturity at times. But we're growing up and we're improving and hopefully we'll learn from a season that is going to be tough.

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