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REACTION - Slade Pleased With First Victory

14 April 2017

The new Town manager reacts to the 2-1 win over Cambridge United on Good Friday.

NEW Town boss Russell Slade was pleased to pick up three points in the first game of his second spell in charge in the 2-1 victory over Cambridge United on Good Friday, and believes it made for a good starting point for his new side.

A Callum Dyson penalty gave Town the lead on the hour mark before Chris Clements doubled the lead with six minutes remaining, and despite a late goal back from U's midfielder Brad Halliday making it a nervy finish, the Mariners held on for all three points.

Speaking after the game, he said: '' I'm really pleased and really pleased with the attitude. 

''I just wanted them to be a little bit braver in that second period because there wasn't much in the game first half and there was probably a chance each for each side.

''In the second period I thought we started well, got on the front foot and that pressure led to them bringing Osborne down and getting us down that penalty and we built on that and got a second goal.

''I'm just disappointed with the last goal, we were defending in the box but weren't stopping the cross coming in and they've got themselves back into the game so it was a bit eerie in those last few minutes but I thought we deserved the win overall.''

Slade has only had a short period of time with the players since his appointment on Wednesday, but believes the players knew what he wanted from them on the day and that they delivered that. 

He said: ''I've had half a day with them and obviously a couple of conversations but not long ones.

''They knew exactly what was required from me today and they delivered that in bundles with their attitude and desire to go and do that.

''Where we lacked quality from time to time, we made up for it in endeavour and I'm pleased with the way they've reacted to different situations out there but all it is is a starting point and a first step.''

Asked how much input he had in the preparation for the game, he said: ''I watched them train on the Wednesday and on the Thursdahy I talked about three or four things we needed to do in and out of possession.

''We put that into a game plan and then its about the motivation before the game which I go stuck into and got the right reaction. 

''We were ready and this is a good side - we probably didn't see the best of Cambridge today but that's credit to our players because we didn't allow them to be themselves.''

Town now face a quick turnaround as they make the long trip down to Cheltenham Town on Easter Monday, and Slade is looking for another positive result from that one.

He said: ''It's been a whirlwind and then I've got two games in a couple of days so we'll be travelling down on Sunday and we'll have a little session on the way down if we can manage to do that and then look forward to the game. 

''I don't think its the best surface at Cheltenham so its gonna be difficult, obviously for the home side as well so well take what it is and lets hope we can get another positive result. 

''I said before the game that it was important to try and build on last week's win and we've managed to do that, so hopefully as the days and vital hours go by, I can get to see more of the players.''

Slade admitted that he may make changes for the trip to the Robins as he is keen to get a look at his new squad, but that it will depend on how the players have come out of the game today. 

''If it means we'll see how we've got out of this and how bodies have come out of this and wel make a decision and choices, '' said Slade.

''If that means two, three and four changes then we will do that because I think you have to value the group.

''It's not about the eleven these days, those days are long gone – It's about the group you've got and if we have to use them we'll use them. 

''It's still gotta happen, even if it is Tom (Bolarinwa) coming on for the last 20 minutes or so, so I've got a look there. 

''Dis got his first little taster back too and I think that's important for player's mentality to see an opportunity because I haven't made my mind up yet so its all about what they give me. ''

Slade was also delighted with the response that he got from the fans today and made sure he went over to applaud them at the end of play.

He said: ''I was really pleased with the victory and I did that because it was great to be back and it was also great to see them behind us from the first to the last minute.

''So I'm pleased and proud of them today as well.''

Watch the post match press conference on our Official Youtube Channel. 

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