Premier League - Managers: Wenger upbeat

Thu, 02 Feb 09:00:00 2012

Managerial reaction from the night's Premier League games, with Arsene Wenger confident over Arsenal's title chances despite a goalless draw at Bolton.

Bolton 0 Arsenal 0

Bolton Wanderers 0-0 Arsenal

Owen Coyle: "Coming onto the game we were in good form but we knew we would have to work very hard against a quality side. Adam made a great save from Walcott and David Ngog had a couple of great chances to score in the first half. In the second half the longer the game got the stronger we got and if truth be told we could have won the game late on so there is a lot to be pleased about."

Arsene Wenger: "There is a long way to go and I am confident we can come back. It is a long way to go. We have gone through a difficult period, we've lost three league games (prior to tonight's match) but we could have won the three as well. We have confidence but we have to produce it game by game - for us every game in the championship is a cup final for us now. Even when we have won championships we have not won for six games. It is part of football that when you lose three games like we did when you don't lose the fourth game it is already not too bad."

Sunderland 3-0 Norwich City

Martin O'Neill: "Of course, I am very, very pleased. I am more concerned, seriously, with the points on the board. We have got a type of a landmark, to get 30, and I am very conscious about saying that because we might not move again. But the 30 points on the board are very important for us. The eighth position, because the thing is so concertina-ed - you can go from eighth to maybe 13th - but overall, it's the points on the board for us."

Paul Lambert: "We were beaten by the better side on the night, so no, I have no complaints. I just think we were second best and when you are second best, normally that's what you get. But there are not too many times I have ever said that about the team. They have done remarkably well to get themselves into this position they are in, so I am not going to be over-critical of them because they have given us everything."

Fulham 1-1 West Bromwich Albion

Martin Jol: "Of course you always want to get three points and I really thought that would be the case today, but then again we conceded a goal. You need a lot of patience against West Brom. They try to screen and don't give you a lot of space. You need extra quality and that is what we did with the goal, which was good. The first half was not what I wanted, but the second half was better."

Roy Hodgson: "It was nice to come here and get the point. I was absolutely delighted with the way we played the game. I thought it was fantastic, the reception I got from the crowd. That also made it a very nice evening for me."

Blackburn Rovers 0-2 Newcastle United

Steve Kean: "I think we had enough chances to win three games, never mind one. We didn't start the game well, but after the deflected goal we controlled the last 30 minutes of the first half. In that respect we were happy, we just felt we snatched at a few chances and didn't show enough composure in front of goal. We've just got to take that one on the chin, sometimes the performance and chances don't always equal a result."

Alan Pardew: "With the loss of (Yohan) Cabaye this morning and so many key players out, I think we knew coming here it was going to be very difficult. We talked about it before the start of the game, to be resilient and strong. Blackburn put everything in your box. We had to be strong and we were, but we had some fortune in the game, something I didn't think we got at Brighton, and sometimes that can make a difference."

Aston Villa 2-2 Queens Park Rangers

Alex McLeish: "We showed a lot of resilience again to come back but I was not pleased with the first-half performance. The goals were a joke but we were pedestrian, there was no imagination or creation. The goal just before half-time gave us an injection and during the break we demanded that we played with a much greater tempo. They responded and full credit to them but we need to see that for 90 minutes in games."

Mark Hughes: "I thought (debutant goalscorer Djibril) Cisse was excellent and everyone can understand now why I wanted to bring him to the club. We only got clearance for him to play as I was walking into the entrance at Villa Park when a text came through. But he is going to be vital for us. He was bright, intelligent and powerful. The fact he has already played in the Premier League (with Sunderland and Liverpool) was a factor in signing him because it means he can hit the ground running. It is difficult in January to bring players in who do not know the Premier League."


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