Interview : Russell Slade : 31/01/2009
Russell Slade talks to BBC Radio Bristol after the 1-0 win over Leyton Orient
Russell Slade
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Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade talked to BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson after his side had beaten Leyton Orient 1-0 on January 31st 2009.

PS: Congratulations Russell, three wins out of three, so you must be absolutely delighted.

RS: Yes, it's come at the right time, I have to say. It's happened in difficult circumstances and difficult fixtures. It's only been by one goal, but the three clean sheets have allowed us to come away with nine points.

PS: 1-0 to the Yeovil. It's getting a bit like the Arsenal of old!

RS: Yep, we're getting a bit boring! We left it late of course today, in the 95th minute. Although I am delighted that when we make a substitution like we've done today, where Gavin Tomlin has come on, and he has taken his header really well.

PS: Yes, it was a great header from a corner by Andy Welsh, whose delivery all afternoon was outstanding, wasn't it?

RS: Yes, he's our little outlet and he is the one that can deliver that final ball that can put the killer blow in. OK, so we've waited 95 minutes to happen, but it has happened today.

PS: It's funny because it was the first half in which you looked the more threatening in front of goal. You had a couple of chances for Aaron Brown in particular and again from Andy Welsh's delivery.

RS: I think so, and I think we could have easily gone in 1-0 really. Browny has had a couple of little efforts with his head. Shaun MacDonald has had a shot charged down and Welshy has had a chance himself which he has blazed wide. So I thought we were in control and on top in the first half. It was a little bit more even and scrappy in the second half, but we stayed in there and we always knew it would be a tight game and that is what it turned out to be. But we managed to get that goal at the death.

PS: There was obviously a real release of joy on the bench as we looked from the gantry. That feeling that you battled so hard all afternoon, and you'd finally got the rub of the green, and so to come away with the win but be so relieving.

RS: I said before the game that the team that wins it will be the team with the attitude, and our attitude was good and our focus was good all afternoon. Our concentration was good and we were just waiting for the right minute. We didn't think that it would come, and we thought that it was going to be a draw, but we scored in the final seconds there to get a well-deserved win really.

PS: Jon Worthington on his debut - how do you think he got on?

RS: I thought he was excellent today. I thought he came in as if he'd been playing for us all season. I'm delighted that we managed to snap him up on loan. He's enjoying the fact that he is playing football again and so that is working for both of us.

PS: You're now seven points clear of the drop zone. But much more than that - you're now in a group that is so close together that with three wins on the bounce, it will just bring that confidence that you can go down there and express yourself.

RS: Yes, of course it does. I think you can see through those previous two wins that was the case in the first half. You've come here, in a very difficult game, and we've played with confidence. We've knocked it about and there's been some good moves and shown some good movement in the first period. We were unlucky not to get a goal. Confidence has not been a problem and our spirit has always been there. We've just had that little bit of fortune that has shoved us up the table.

PS: The transfer window is about to close. Are you looking to do some business in the next few days? Will it be busy for you, do you think?

RS: Not too busy, as I think most of it has been done. We'd like to bring another striker in and we are trying on that front, and it might be time for one or two of our young players to go out and get some experience as well. So there may be a bit more wheeling and dealing to be done, but hopefully my phone won't be on all the time.

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