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REACTION - Slade Delighted With Attacking Threat

22 April 2017

BOSS Russell Slade was delighted with the way his side looked going forward in the 4-2 victory over Yeovil Town at Blundell Park on Saturday afternoon, and he is now looking to continue that with a positive end to the season.

Speaking after the game, Slade said: ''I'm delighted with some of the things we did going forward against a team that are still fighting for points so the game couldn't be taken lightly.

''I said to the team that at the end of the day, the team that has the best attitude on the day wins it and we showed far better appetite and attitude, particularly in the first half, which gave us a little bit of a cushion with the two goals. 

''A bit of sloppiness sneaked in after half time and they get themselves back in and the third goal really put it to bed. 

''There were probably opportunities for us to score more goals in the second half but again we got a little bit sloppy from time to time again.

''But saying that, there was some great link-up play and playing between the men and in the wide areas. We switched the ball well too.

''They had the freedom to make decisions, they made the right decisions and I thought there were some pleasing things on the eye, certainly going forward.

Town made three changes to the side that lost at Cheltenham, with captain Craig Disley first coming into the centre of midfield in place of the suspended Gavin Gunning. 

Scott Vernon and James Berrett also came in for Calum Dyson and Ben Davies after making an impact from the bench on Easter Monday, and Slade was pleased with their contribution. 

He said: ''It seems wherever you put James Berrett at the minute, he seems to perform, whether its in the centre, the left side or the right side.

''He's doing well. He's athletic and has a forward brain and then Scott has obviously been out but he's got good experience, he holds the ball up and is a threat. There's no doubt about that. 

''He's been a threat in the past and with his experience, there's no reason why he can't be now. 

Slade feels that he is learning more about his new squad all the time and is getting ever closer to making decisions on who he would like to keep at the club next season.

''You get ever closer, you learn more from the games, you learn more from training all the time so you're constantly learning a bit more about your players really,'' said Slade.

''Look, it's all positive today so lets hope we can go and back that up. 

''I think we've won three in four now so lets see if we can nick another win or two before the end of the season.''

The new boss is also well aware of the fact there are some players he hasn't looked at yet, and is also taking the opportunity to look at them, as well as some of the younger players at the club.

He said: ''I've done that already, I watched Harry Clifton in a cup final at Leek Town on Wednesday and we're trying to see if we can watch one or two more of the young lads.

''We've also organised a game here on Tuesday against Barnsley so we can have a look at those that I've not seen and maybe those that have come back as well, and I've got a trialist or two in too so we're working on things already. 

''We've been proactive, we're not letting the dust settle and we're on the front foot.''

Watch the full post-match press conference below.


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