With another week of criticism, manager Russell Slade has come out fighting defending his players in his pre Reading press conference.
We’ve all probably heard of Rafa-Facts but now we have some Slade-Facts according to quotes carried by Wales Online.
‘It’s not a catastrophe. We are three points off the play-offs, that`s a fact!’
I suppose when you look at it that way he’s right, but that’s not exactly the full story of form and performances lately, or our search for a goal again is it.
There was also hope from him for a turnaround in fortunes.
‘Once we get everyone fit and back, that will add to the creativity and the ability to score a goal, without doubt. Then we will look at situation in January with what we need to do it even further strengthen that area.’
There was also a bit of tit for tat over the paper’s polls in the press conference, as Slade was asked if it was disappointing that after the Leeds defeat #sladeout was trending.
I’ll quote Steve Tucker as well.
‘RS: What do you mean? It was not another of your polls was it?
‘ST: I would not quote our polls at you because overwhelmingly people wanted to get rid of you.
‘RS: No hang on, Poll? Explain it.
‘ST: It`s online, do you think Russell Slade should go? Click yes or no. That`s it.
RS: Ok, I see. Let me answer the question. I`m inquisitive to know what your poll was all about. Your timing was very good. After a defeat. Have you ever tried it after a couple of wins?’
Tucker obviously wanted to move on from the poll issue and get back to the question, and to his credit Slade answered with defiance.
‘Listen, you say a large section, there are obviously people, and ourselves, disappointed that we have not scored. I don`t see it as a catastrophe, we are three points off the play-offs, that`s a fact. Come Saturday, at 5pm, we could be touching the play-offs. I don`t think that is a bad scenario to be in. There`s no need to panic at this moment in time.’
A big part of that turnaround is having Kenwyne Jones back fit and firing again, and he of course comes into contention for this weekend’s game.
‘It is very good news that Kenwyne is back, it is a massive boost for us. It has been very frustrating to have to be without him following his injury on international duty and having him back gives us more options. You need to have players who offer different threats and we have not had enough of that in recent games as we have been a bit limited in terms of the forwards we have had available. So it is very positive for us to have him back, with Idriss Saadi and Kiko Macheda also close, and we know the threat he carries.’
Slade also confirmed that creativity in training had become a big thing as we looked to get out of this slump, and he and the players were doing all they could to turn around our lack of goalscoring at the minute.
‘When games come thick and fast, we only have small windows to work on stuff. The final ball, crosses, we are working on all sorts of things. All the things we talk about and work on. We are probably missing that. We know we are probably not in the top six because decision making in the final third was not as good as others. Other teams are edging us. We need to work on creativity and composure in the final third. We have got quality and the desire to get a goal, but now it`s not a happening for us for lots of little reasons. It will be the fact maybe other teams have one or two more options, it may well be that teams are clearly creating more chances than us. They`re having more shots on target than us and got that extra little bit of composure. That`s something we need to work on.’
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