Premier League - Managers: Pardew understands anger
Managerial reaction from around the Premier League, with Alan Pardew admitting he understands why Newcastle fans are upset with his appointment.
Newcastle 3-1 Liverpool
Alan Pardew: "It's been a long two or three days. It was a great victory and not many teams can score three against Liverpool. I was pleased with the spirit. The result is important because that's the business we're in. There's a lot of pressure on myself and the players made it easy. I thought the reception I got was okay. It was negative but I understood that. I need to earn (the fans') trust. I'm pleased that I've had a good reaction from the workplace. There was a great feeling for Chris (Hughton) from the group and it's difficult when a new manager comes in under those circumstances."
Roy Hodgson: "This is a major setback and a major blow because we have been on a good run recently and played well. I thought we played well in the first half - we had most of the ball, asked a lot of questions of their back four and got into some good positions. I had high hopes we would continue to play well but I was disappointed with our second-half display. We let Newcastle back into the game and we conceded a second goal - the like of which you don't want to see as a manager. The ball should have been cleared on at least three occasions before Barton scored."
West Ham 1-3 Manchester City
Avram Grant: "It was a penalty but the referee didn't see it. It could change the game but we don't want to complain. Manchester City were a better team than us, especially when we lost seven players that usually play. The boys are trying, that is what is important to us. While we are not in the middle of the season there is time to turn it, but we do not like where we are. I don't know how many points we will need, but we can win two out of the next three games."
Roberto Mancini's assistant Brian Kidd: "I think the work the manager has put in is absolutely fantastic. His work ethic is fantastic, his passion and desire is first class. It doesn't come overnight, but the work we have put in this season and last is starting to show. I think the club are very lucky to have him as manager. He is a winner. There is no way the boss will let the pressure get to him, he's too meticulous. You don't win anything in December, but if we are in the shake-up in March or April, we can start thinking about it."
Aston Villa 2-1 West Brom
Gerard Houllier: "The defeat at Liverpool hurt us, more with the way it happened. We needed to sort out a few things. We were a bit shaky at times which is normal when you are having a bad run. But I was pleased with the attitude of the players. When you go through a bad patch, you need to keep cool and more focused on a few things. West Brom are a good team. They won at Arsenal and Everton, and drew at Manchester United, and came here full of confidence. The feeling is one of relief and I was proud of the response of the players."
Roberto Di Matteo: "We deserved at least a point from the game. I think they scored two goals, had one more shot, and not much more in terms of chances. We started the game very well and put them under pressure. We had a lot of possession and hit the woodwork but could not take advantage of things. The second half was more difficult because they defended well and were dangerous on the counter-attack as well. We still believed we could get something out of the game but it was not to be."
Everton 0-0 Wigan Athletic
David Moyes: "The longer we didn't take them the more frustrated we got and the more anxiety came into our play and the crowd. The crowd know we have been here before in a similar situation but I think the worrying thing is we are not beating teams at Goodison who, over the years, we have done. I am saying 'Is is something else other than just not scoring goals?' and I am finding it hard to look further than that. It wasn't just the centre-forward today, there were chances shared around the team and no-one converted any of them. We are all wondering where we are going to score a goal."
Roberto Martinez: "When you come to Goodison you need all your players to be concentrating and on top of their game and I think Ali Al Habsi had two or three moments when he showed his quality. I felt we finished the stronger side. In the first half Everton got a very good momentum and were winning territorial advantage and we just needed to defend well with a lot of composure. The performance was what we had to do and was what was needed to get a positive result but in the manner we finished the game I feel we dropped two points."
Stoke City 0-1 Blackpool
Ian Holloway: "Someone had us down for only 10 (points) after 38 games. Bit of a laughing stock we were going to be. I just want to keep going. Twenty-two points won't keep you safe. How many more do we need? Maybe more than 40 points ... We have been in the casino, been in the gym and on the beach. We were there on Thursday. It was brilliant. You have got to adapt. We had a poker tournament and the lads were given £20 each to see who was the champion. We gave a lesson to the ones who don't play. The boys were looked after and our goalie fell asleep. I don't think he likes cards. Ian Evatt was the winner. He must have had a mis-spent youth."
Tony Pulis: "We knew it would be an open game. We have watched a lot of Blackpool this year and they are playing roulette football. They are throwing the dice and hoping things will drop for them. They are very positive with it and playing with no fear. I have never known us to have so many chances in the game since we won promotion. We have hit the woodwork and people were getting in the way of each other. I have just said to the players I cannot fault them."
Fulham 0-0 Sunderland
Mark Hughes: "We're lacking a bit of luck. We had a number of chances, in the second half especially. Sunderland defended really well today, got their bodies on the line for goalbound shots and cleared things off the line. On another day those things go in for you. The possession we had should have been illustrated by goals. If we'd got that opening goal we had the capacity to go on and win the game comfortably."
Steve Bruce: "It was agony. From start to finish and for both sides it was one of those games when we might have gone Christmas shopping. When we had four against one and we overplayed the pass, that summed up our afternoon. I couldn't fault the effort or endeavour and this was probably the youngest side we've ever put out in the Premier League. But we pride ourselves on keeping the ball better. We had too many players who tried hard, but who were way off it."