PA Sport - Thu, 25 Mar 09:46:00 2010
Roberto Mancini and David Moyes both played down their touchline fracas after Manchester City's clash with Everton ended in explosive fashion. The remarkable incident was sparked by Moyes, who caught the ball ahead of making a late substitution.
Manchester City 0-2 Everton
Roberto Mancini: "I've spoken now with David and if I made a mistake I am sorry. I wanted to get the ball because there was another five minutes at the end. This can happen in a game but it is finished now. I was frustrated for the players because we played a good game and sometimes it can happen where scoring a goal is impossible."
David Moyes: "Next time I might just let the ball run through. I caught it because I was making a substitution, I would have thought it would actually have helped him. I was very surprised, I didn't know what I had done wrong. Maybe I held onto the ball a second or two longer than I should have done but I was trying to make a substitution. But if I had let the ball go, let it run down the touchline - I actually speeded it up. I wasn't the one waving my hand for bookings. I shouldn't have been sent off, simple as."
Portsmouth 0-5 Chelsea
Portsmouth assistant Paul Groves: "Ricardo (Rocha) has gone to hospital to see how bad the damage is and Avram (Grant) has gone with him. Ricardo may not play again this season. I thought the challenge merited a yellow card but I only had half an eye on the incident when it happened. There's not too many fit players left. You look at the back four and we had two right-footers playing at left back and right back and in the middle you have Marc (Wilson), who's been playing most of the season in midfield. From a financial point of view it's out of our hands. It's something that will be dealt with by other people."
Carlo Ancelotti: "We needed to have this performance, we needed to win. I hope that bad period for us is finished. We'll only know on Saturday whether it has but tonight we played well, stayed focused for 90 minutes and put in a good performance. It was necessary to do this. We'd lost some confidence in our play in the last few weeks, but we played well here. This performance will improve our confidence."
Martin O'Neill: "We just couldn't get that elusive second goal and we were disappointed in the dressing room afterwards. But the Manchester City result keeps us in there still. Tottenham will be delighted that the two of us have dropped points but we all have some tough fixtures ahead. It is going to be really tight and there will be many twists and turns in the final part of the season before things are settled."
Steve Bruce: "Will 38 points be enough? I would think so but the one thing we can't do is take anything for granted. Possibly one win will be enough but we have got Liverpool on Saturday, Tottenham next week and then West Ham in three weeks time. But we have done quite well of late and today we proved it. We have been a bit more settled with our big players being able to play and that has made a difference. It has been a tough winter through players missing through injury but we have lost only one of the last nine games, against Arsenal, and we have hit a bit of form."
Sam Allardyce: "The difference today, no doubt about that, was the outstanding quality of David Dunn's three goals - that should have been. It was only two but should have been three. That was the difference to us getting three points, his outstanding quality. Dunny could be sat with the ball signed, with a hat-trick ball, but it doesn't really matter now because we have won the game and he has scored two. He is very happy, as all the players are."
Alex McLeish: "He scored the two goals and there is no doubt that Dunn is a good player. But they were gifts in my opinion and I also thought they had a helping hand in the decision which led to the corner. It was a clear foul on Roger Johnson (before the ball went out) - it would have been a foul anywhere in Europe or international football, because (Christopher) Samba is climbing all over the top of Roger. And I've just been told that the ball was just outside the (quadrant when the corner was taken), so it's a shame these things weren't spotted. They should be spotted by professionals of that calibre."