Premier League - Managers: Redknapp, Wenger condemn chants

Sun, 02 Oct 21:49:00 2011

Reaction from Sunday's Premier League games, with Harry Redknapp unhappy at the Arsenal fans' chanting against Emmanuel Adebayor and himself.

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Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Arsenal

Harry Redknapp: "What was chanted at Emmanuel [Adebayor] was disgusting. There was some pretty disgusting chanting at me as well, but that's life. How do you chant something like that at someone? You can't be right mentally. You need help. It's got no place anywhere in life. Emmanuel never said anything to me. I think he regretted what happened when he ran to the Arsenal fans after scoring for Manchester City the other season. Even then what did he really do? They are all shouting abuse and he ran up and said 'have a bit of that'. He's run up and slid on his knees and said 'I've scored'. It might have been a bit over the top but he'd been getting grief for 80 minutes and that's how he reacted."

Arsene Wenger (on the chanting, then on his apparent refusal to shake Spurs coach Clive Allen's hand): "Yes, [I'm disappointed with the chants]. We respect everybody and want to be respected as well.... Nothing happened. I shook the hands of the Spurs manager Harry Redknapp and his assistant. How many people do I have to shake hands with? There were no words exchanged."

Bolton 1-5 Chelsea

Owen Coyle: "We gave ourselves absolutely no chance early in the game - in the first 90 seconds we've switched off at a set piece and allowed a free header which costs us a goal. I think we could have defended the second goal better because we had enough people back. Adam Bogdan is a young goalkeeper who we know will have a terrific career. But he knows he's had a difficult day today - the third and fourth goals should have been easily mopped up. That gave us an absolute mountain to climb."

Andre Villas-Boas: "We have been looking for this victory for quite some time. It fills us with pride. It's not that we have not been trying to do this before... [but] for various different reasons we weren't able to find a result with this expression before. We have been creating the same amount of opportunities but we were more prolific [in this game]."

Fulham 6-0 QPR

Martin Jol (on hat-trick hero Andrew Johnson's contract being up at the end of the season and reports that Bobby Zamora was upset at being left out): "I'm very happy for him, and for us as well. Other people are doing the negotiations. I will back him all the time and hopefully he is good for us this season because he has scored more goals today than he did in the whole of last season. But I feel Andy Johnson and Fulham is a good combination... If you drop somebody or leave someone out they will tell their agent and the agent will tell [the press]. Bobby is okay. He is a sensitive person. If he's ill in bed you can't expect me to take him with us. He was ill. He was not even on the training ground. When he came to training I said 'you better stay here and do some extra sessions'. I still had Andy Johnson and he proved me right up front because he scored two goals."

Neil Warnock (on reports that Adel Taarabt stormed off after being replaced at half-time): "That's not my problem at the moment. I have no idea [whether he left the dressing room]. I've more worries than any individual when you lose 6-0. I don't think you can blame Adel Taarabt. We conceded six goals. You've got to look at that. If I'm honest, if we had Darren Bent playing for us, and a few England players, we'd have still been beaten 6-0. I don't think you can get carried away too much. You get days when Adel comes off. You're going to get days when he throws his toys out the pram, but that isn't a worry for me. If I sub somebody and they are happy, then I have more of a problem with that."

Swansea 2-0 Stoke

Brendan Rodgers: "It was a mammoth effort, everyone knows Stoke are one of the most difficult teams to play against and I thought our performance and what we put into the game was incredible. My players have put a marker down that people who do not know us will look at. Everyone talks about our style and our football, I think you saw there is a steel in the team. To keep a clean sheet against a team like that...the players were incredible and they got their just reward."

Tony Pulis: "We gave them a good start, Ryan's challenge was a poor challenge which he did not have to make as the kid was going away from goal, and they get the start every team in the Premier League wants. It lifted them, they were nice and bright in that first 15 minutes, but after that time lapsed until they got the second I thought we were the team looking to get the equaliser. Psychologically three games at this level in a week is tough, we looked a little leggy in the first 15 minutes, but we grew into the game and if Walters's effort goes in or Whelan's doesn't hit the post it could have been different. But those are the fine lines."

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