Brighton Boss Russell Slade On Tomorrow

Russell Slade
Seagulls manager Russell Slade spoke to BBC Radio Sussex and the Brighton Argus about his side's game at Brunton Park against Carlisle tomorrow, Slade happy that Albion got their first three points of the season last Saturday with a 1-0 home win over Wycombe :

" I think there were a little bit of relief, the boys have been a bit more bouncy when they have come in, so everything is the result of winning a football match really. It lifts everybody surrounding the football club and more importantly it lifts the players. We have improved and we have got to maintain that improvement, we have conceded one goal now in the last two games and that is the sort of record we want to be proud of.

" Every day Elliott Bennett is getting stronger and getting more used to his team mates. He is a very good signing for the football club and he will continue to progress I am sure. He has got genuine pace, but it is his positivity as well, he is prepared to use it. You see so many wide players that have got that pace but don't use it, he is up and at you and he wants to go past you.

" He wants to get the ball in the box and he doesn't mind if he gets kicked, he will get up again and he will still go at you, these are the sorts of qualities that he has brought to the table for us. Dean Cox has made a massive impact on the left wing as well, really delighted with his contribution and competition for those two wing slots is very, very strong.

" If you had said to me at the start of the season that your major complication will be at the back then I wouldn't have believed you that's for sure, but it has turned out to be that for one reason or another. Whether it has been a suspension or whether it has been an injury, to get a settled back four has taken a little bit of time. What has pleased me is that the midfield seems to be getting stronger and (Liam) Dickinson and (Nicky) Forster are scoring goals and linking up quite nicely right now. "

" Carlisle will be a difficult team, they will pass the ball, they have got Joe Anyinsah upfront who was here of course who has got a little bit of pace. They have got Scott Dobie that they signed from (Nottingham) Forest who is a strong target man for them.

" They are quite experienced you know, when you look through their line-up at the back where they have got (Ian) Harte and (Danny) Livesey who has been there a good few years and so has (Peter) Murphy at the back, and (David) Raven. That is a back four that knows its way around in League One. Then of course the very experienced (Graham) Kavanagh in midfield and (Paul) Thirlwell. So a very experienced side, more experienced than us.

" We are still hopeful and positive that we can go up there… I think the important thing is to go up there and not get beat, it's to keep some sort of momentum going. If we can keep an unbeaten run and build on that, we have a chance to do that having taken four points from the last two games. I think it is important to go to these places and make life difficult but still be capable as well of scoring as we were against Millwall.

" We know that it is going to be a tough place to go and we are preparing in the best possible manner to deal with that, it will be tough but it will be worth it, it will be worth getting a few points. We won't be negative in any of our play I think, obviously you saw the Millwall game, I don't think that we were negative for any second there. In any of the games really we have gone in with the intention of picking a team or a formation that can win the football match.

" Andrew Whing has got a fight on to be available. He has also had a scan with regards to his groin. There is probably a little bit of wear and tear in there. We will have to monitor that situation and see what the specialist says. He had a groin operation about four years ago and sometimes they can need repairing again. "