Jose Mourinho: "I hope he (Mata) tells me on the pitch, 'You are wrong, I am the best and I have to play every game'. I would love that. That is to be professional. My idea is that he is a top kid and a very good professional and I'm waiting for a professional reaction. History doesn't play. The past is the past and you have to be judged on what you do now. I gave Juan the chance to play from the beginning against Aston Villa and against Everton and I also gave him 35 minutes (as a substitute) against Basel - it's not the same as say Michael Essien. I have not played Essien for one single minute and I left him off our Champions League squad list. The point is that I have my options but the thing I most love in football is when my players prove me wrong. If Juan proves that I am wrong then I will be the happy one."
Martin Jol: “I’m not happy after a defeat but, especially in the first 50 minutes, I think they were really worried. They couldn’t find the space, they couldn’t find a solution and that is probably the moment where you have to punish them, and we couldn’t do that. At half-time we were really pleased and we tried to do the same but the second half they stepped it up a gear; they were more aggressive than us and that is what showed with the first goal. We gave away the ball and they broke us, and the second goal was a corner kick."
Brendan Rodgers: " "We are very disappointed. We never got going from the off, it was a bit lethargic and technically we were short… I think that is the big positive from today is the fact he is back and is available from next week. Sometimes players like him can make the difference so it is going to be great to have him back and a real boost to have him back from Wednesday onwards… He is not going to be 100 per cent but he is a worker and a fighter and his condition is good. He just needs to get games to bring him up to speed."
Mauricio Pochettino: "Especially in the second half we were much superior to them and were able to develop how we wanted to play. We fully believed from the start. The secret was not conceding. In the second half we came out correcting what we hadn't done in the first half, when we were hanging back too much defensively. We were faithful to the philosophy of how we wanted to develop our game and over 90 minutes we were superior to them and were able to capitalise on the chances we created. Boruc was outstanding today but the rest of the squad were outstanding. It is not easy to come here and win so to do that makes us really pleased."
Sam Allardyce: "It was a gut-wrencher and leaves you feeling so sorry for the players deep down inside. Obviously the fans are disappointed too because they've seen a good performance but seen us lose 3-2. For me the players have done so much and created a good game in terms of what we've come to expect at Upton Park, but then unfortunately Everton don't seem to be our team here. Last year, we went 1-0 up and I remember Carlton Cole getting sent-off and we ended up losing 2-1. The game has hinged on a free-kick that the referee has given that has not only given them a free-kick that they've scored from, but he's also sent Mark Noble off. Then, they've scored the winner because we were down to ten men. It's difficult to take.”
Roberto Martinez: “We made it hard for ourselves in the first half. Give credit to West Ham, they wanted to stop us from playing and we had to find a way to change that. It was a slow performance from us in the first half and we weren't as sharp as last weekend. We were refreshed in the second half and had more composure and looked a more threatening team."
Chris Hughton: "On occasions when we haven't deserved to get anything we have been quick to put our hands up. I don't think that was the case today. On the balance of play we created good chances and we added an offensive endeavour to our play. The result does not reflect our performance. What we didn't have at the end of it was a bit of quality, fortune and guile to get us the goal we deserved."
Paul Lambert: "The result was the most important thing rather than the performance. What I am really pleased about is we had a few lads carrying knocks and we asked them to go out and perform. I thought they were brilliant… [On Brad Guzan's penalty save] He made a brilliant save on the penalty. He played a major part in the result but that is what we pay him for. That is his job. His job is to make saves but he has been like that for me for the past year. This is a big season for him with the World Cup and for us but he is an absolute top pro and top man. I have seen him do it in training every day and his performances every day have been to that standard."
Alan Pardew: All three goals were poor from us. We have defended really, really well in these last few weeks, and today... It's the consistency of performance that this team is searching for. The team that finished fifth, you see similarities with this team. But that team had a consistency about it of performance as a team, not as individuals, and today, the formation was the same, the set-up was the same but we looked not the same. We looked too loose and gifted goals, and you can't do that against any opposition. Hull, I'll be the first to pay tribute to them because they played very well, I must say that, but for us, it was a really disappointing day."
Steve Bruce: "As you know, I'm a Geordie and it's always nice to come back, especially if we can get a result. What has pleased me more than anything is the manner in which we have played. We have been to Chelsea and we got a bit of a doing in the first half-hour, but we are a little bit bold. We play two strikers and we are a little bit different and at the end of the day, it doesn't surprise me that we can come up here and win because we have got some good players. I hope they can keep their feet on the ground and keep enjoying it the way they are. The big thing for me is can we stay injury-free with the big players we have got?"
Steve Clarke: “You know if you play someone against their former club, and they’re an attacking player, and their job is to score and create goals, there is a possibility they will score. He did what we brought him here to do. He’s clever on the ball, he’s bright, he’s an entertainer, and he’s got some goals in him as well, so it was a pleasing debut for him. He doesn’t smile much, he smiles less than me to be honest. I think he showed good respect to Sunderland. The Sunderland fans loved him as a player. In his own way he is quite an engaging character – and he chose not to celebrate, so that’s fine. If he wants it so I celebrate more than him, I’m happy with that every week. Hopefully it’s the first of many goals he scores for West Brom.”
Paolo di Canio: "The team, not intentionally, have not gelled together yet but that is normal. It is a natural process and it is difficult. We have made many changes, we have 14 new players from many countries. It is obvious one day if we keep going lose, lose, lose there will be a natural consequences, not only for Paolo di Canio. I don't think they will want to keep Paolo di Canio, they will probably want to change. But I don't think that now. Even if you see you are 10th in the table in this league someone can sack you because maybe they expect more. It is our job but I am not worried about that. I am worried about the result because obviously we want to deliver different results. I know it's difficult."