Interview : Russell Slade : 19/01/2009
Russell Slade talks to BBC Radio Bristol after the 0-2 defeat against Leicester City
Russell Slade
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Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade talked to BBC local radio reporter Rob Scanlon, after his side lost 0-2 at home to Leicester City on January 19th 2008.

Qu: Russell, I remember speaking to you after the corresponding fixture and you were pleased with your side's effort and endeavour, whilst disappointed with the result. Is that similar feeling tonight?

RS: It would have to be, wouldn't it? We've put in a terrific shift. We've got ourselves another injury to a key player, and yet we've still given Leicester a game. They've had the fortune, because I've looked at it on the clip and it is clear that it's a goal kick. In any case if the referee is in any doubt at all, then for me he should give it as a goal kick to the defending side - if there is any doubt at all. He seemed to wait an eternity to make the decision, he's made the wrong one and from there they have scored a goal, which is disappointing for us. It's put us on the back foot when I felt that we'd made a really promising start to the second period.

Qu: With Gary Roberts, what's the latest on that one? I saw him hobbling out of the ground on crutches. It looked pretty nasty.

RS: It's ankle ligaments. It's not broken, as he went for an x-ray straight away. With ankle ligaments, I suspect he could be out for four to six weeks.

Qu: Lee Peltier returns for the game at Southend, but a threadbare squad is looking even smaller.

RS: It doesn't help does it? We know that injuries and suspensions don't help us, but we just have to take it on the chin sometimes and get on with it. That is what we will have to do.

Qu: Their opener was against the run of play, because you started the second half very brightly.

RS: I thought we started excellently. I really thought we started well. I thought we had a corner. Craig has gone in for a corner at the top end, and it is clearly a corner and they've got a goal kick out of it. I'm really disappointed, honestly. I didn't think the men in the middle had great games with key decisions today. A key decision there has taken away an opportunity that we had of getting something from an important game.

Qu: Your approach play was particularly neat. It was probably some of the best we've seen all season.

RS: I thought we played some enterprising football from time to time. Our problems were not going forward really, albeit that we haven't got a goal tonight. That's disappointing that we've not scored. But there was enough flair players out there to create problems at times for Leicester, but it didn't happen in front of goal. I think our worry was always going to be when the ball was lost. When you've lost the likes of Skiverton, Peltier and then Roberts, and of course Darren Way is not in the side, you've lost a lot of resilience when the ball is lost and that is perhaps something that we are lacking as well right now.

Qu: At 1-0, you still had that hope of a grandstand finish, but that second goal really was the killer.

RS: Yes, that was the absolute killer. It was disappointing. The result flattered them for sure. But the fortune is with them. They've got that confidence about them that they can win a football match, having only lost two games all season. Probably that got them through that tonight.

Qu: You look at the quality they had on the pitch, and even in the subs they were able to bring on such as the loanee from Manchester United. It's almost a different league, isn't it?

RS: Well, they should be in a different league! That's the top and bottom of it - what on earth are they doing here in the first place? That beggars belief! But they are here, they came to us tonight and they got a fortunate result in my opinion.

Qu: Looking forward to Southend on Saturday. They are a side languishing in lower mid-table. Any new faces that you might hope to bring in before then?

RS: Well obviously I'll reflect on tonight and see how we get on. Then I'll start looking at Southend and start our preparation tomorrow.

Qu: Is it the core of the side you're looking to strengthen ideally?

RS: Well yes, we need one or two extra bodies for sure. We are trying and we are attempting to solve the situation, and if we can do that before our visit to Southend then that would be fantastic.

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