Premier League - Managers: Roy's 'nightmare'

Sun, 03 Oct 18:49:00 2010

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has admitted the 2-1 defeat at home to Blackpool that leaves them in the relegation zone was a "nightmare result".

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Liverpool 1-2 Blackpool

Roy Hodgson: †"In the first half we were correctly punished for a lacklustre display. We had the ball as much as them but did not do anything with it anywhere near enough to satisfy my, the club's or the players' demands. Their great result is our nightmare result. It is a very bad day and there is nothing I can say. At the moment things look bleak and really bad and it is difficult for me to put a bright face upon it. There are 31 games left but when you are in the relegation zone you are in a relegation battle. I am not going to think too much about relegation with 31 games to go."

Ian Holloway: "To see the best striker in the world limp off after a few minutes I can't tell you what that did for us," he said. "His mere presence is awesome so to see him come off played into our hands and helped us. (Managing at Anfield) is one of the dreams I've had for years. When the fans were singing You'll Never Walk Alone - it's my dad's favourite song but he's no longer with me - I was singing myself and it was a bit emotional. This is a fantastic moment for Blackpool."

Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal

Chelsea assistant manager Ray Wilkins: "It's been an extremely difficult week but Carlo would like to thank everybody who has sent their best wishes, especially the League Managers Association. He also got a very nice very text from Sir†Alex Ferguson†and he wanted me to say that. The team prepared itself very well because it has been very difficult for them. The first day after his father died was a little bit lack-lustre but then for the last two days they trained exceptionally well. You can see from the work ethic of the players how much they wanted to win it for him. They knew what was in front of them with the Arsenal. They are a very good side indeed. For us to beat them is always a delight, it is not always very pleasant to look at but it was effective and I thought the lads were terrific."

Arsene Wenger: "We have to be more clinical to win Championships. We cannot lose a game like that. Their strikers were more clinical than ours and that made the difference. Apart from that,†Chelsea†were on the ropes for long periods in the game. We had the chances but we need to score. I feel sorry for my team because they had an outstanding attitude. I feel sorry they were not rewarded but when you don't take your chances you don't win big games."

Manchester City 2-1 Newcastle United

City assistant manager Brian Kidd: "Everybody knows Nigel (de Jong), he is as honest as the day is long. It's so sad when you've seen that happen (Hatem Ben Arfa's injury). There was no malice in it, definitely not. Nigel's not that type of lad. He's the same in training. Sometimes you have to win ugly. You have to scrap and fight. And if you are going to win things or get a top four place, you need some luck as well."

Chris Hughton: "It doesn't look good, but he looks like he's broken his leg and that will be confirmed by the club later. Everyone will have their own opinion, but it was a tackle that did not need to be made. When you have a young talented player when they have that type of injury and it's there for his team-mates to see, it's of course very upsetting. It is an injustice that we have come out of the game with a result like that. Games like this are difficult enough, but you need decisions to go your way and with those two incidents, the referee made two horrendous ones."

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