Premier League - Managers: Newcastle locked in

Mon, 06 Dec 00:45:00 2010

Newcastle United boss Chris Hughton explained why he locked his players in the dressing room for an hour after the 3-1 defeat at West Brom.

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West Brom 3-1 Newcastle United

Roberto Di Matteo: "No absolutely not (when asked if the priority was avoiding relegation). We are trying to learn to be in the Barclays Premier League. We need to keep it going game by game. We have a great game against Aston Villa next week, which hopefully we can go into with a lot of confidence."

Chris Hughton: "After most games, there tends to be an inquest into the game and we didn't do well enough to win a football match. Some of it is about getting answers, some of it is about venting your anger. But these are the normal things that will go on after a game, particularly when the result has been as disappointing as that. Our season has very much been highs and lows. We've picked up some disappointing results and we've had some tremendous results."

Sunderland 1-0 West Ham

Steve Bruce on Jordan Henderson: "He's a wonderful young talent and arguably his best position could be out wide because he's got a terrific delivery. We all know he's got a goal in him and hopefully there's more to come from him. The biggest challenge I have is managing Jordan. He's played solidly for 18 months so you're always monitoring him. There was an edge to his training all week as he'd maybe had a sniff I was going to leave him out. He showed me he didn't want to be."

Avram Grant: "We were better in the second half. We started the game not so good. We had chances to score so we're disappointed. We are playing away at Sunderland and we had chances in the second half. They had possession and they scored. It's fair to say that we need to improve, the gap is not too big, we came here and got a one-goal loss. I think we have a very good squad to stay up. We showed that in our last two games."

Saturday's games:

Chelsea 1-1 Everton

Carlo Ancelotti: "We played good football in the first half and the second half was totally different. We played the long ball. We were a little bit scared. I didn't like this. We are working to play a particular kind of football and I don't understand why we have changed it. We have to look at it and I have to understand and change it."

David Moyes: "I have got to say Phil Neville did fantastic. (Florent) Malouda came in and stamped on him but Phil got up and ran away. But a minute later one of their players went and got him booked for nothing. It was disgusting. (Neville) helped keep Malouda on the pitch and a second later one of their players goes down easy and gets Neville booked. Ridiculous. But you need to have a look at (Branislav) Ivanovic's tackle in the 31st minute as well and look where the referee was."

Arsenal 2-1 Fulham

Arsene Wenger: "We are good enough to go on, that is for sure. As you see, every single team struggles to be consistent. At the moment, we are where we are despite having lost three games. Today, you could see again every game is a cup final. And if you're not completely up for it, you don't take the three points. We have the spirit, we have the quality but we face tough opponents. And it will be down, as I have said already many times here, to consistency. We are far from winning the championship yet. The only thing I can say: we have the desire and the spirit to fight for it. Will it be good enough? We'll have the answer in May."

Mark Hughes: "Obviously, the boy Nasri has been playing at the top of his form in recent weeks. I think we probably edged it in terms of chances we created and pressure and momentum that we built during the game. But, as most top teams have, they have individuals who can win the game for their team when, possibly, the team isn't functioning as well. From our point of view, we're happy with the performance. I thought we showed real belief in what we were trying to do today, took the game to Arsenal and caused them problems. At the end of the game, the crowd were asking for the final whistle."

Birmingham 1-1 Tottenham

Alex McLeish: "The Villa game took unbelievable energy out of the players. It was an emotional night. "Harry (Redknapp) might have thought we were there for the taking because of that. A lot of players were running on empty and we had to patch them up but one thing you can't deny them is our phenomenal spirit."

Harry Redknapp: "At half-time, I couldn't see any other result other than three points for us. We dominated the first half but they brought (Nikola) Zigic on and that's the best I've seen him play. It feels like a missed opportunity. I thought we would win here and at half-time I felt sure we would. I said at half-time that there were more goals for us, to keep going forward, but we started dropping deeper. (Craig) Gardner kept making runs forward and eventually got on the end of something."

Blackburn 3-0 Wolves

Sam Allardyce: "I benefited hugely from the two days off (after snow closed Rovers’ training ground) and I'm sure the players did. I was really quite mentally fatigued because it's never off your mind when something like (last week’s 7-1 defeat to Manchester United) happens. We were very disappointed but we didn't want to make the players any more disappointed. They were hurting all week and they knew they had to make sure they put it right. I picked the strongest side I had available and they've gone and done the job. You've got to be satisfied to come back from a 7-1 defeat and win 3-0 at home."

Mick McCarthy: "We defended badly. Bearing in mind we haven't had a clean sheet for so long, maybe it's not a surprise. We had a bit of bad luck at the start by not scoring but then let's have an ugly point at 0-0, not concede goals that we shouldn't concede. We started the game really well. We've just got to keep going and keep working at it."

Manchester City 1-0 Bolton Wanderers

Roberto Mancini: "I am happy about (Carlos Tevez’s anger at being substituted). I would like all players to be like Carlos and want to stay on the pitch. I needed a player like Mario on the pitch as he is taller than Carlos. We must continue to score when Carlos doesn't play."

Owen Coyle: "It was a soft goal to concede. But bit by bit I felt we got into the game and were always in it. We could very easily got the equaliser. As much as I didn't think we got to our maximum - we didn't put enough quality ball in the box - we could have nicked a point. We showed tremendous spirit. Of course I am unhappy our run has ended but we will get back to work with a smile on our face next week."

Wigan Athletic 2-2 Stoke City

Roberto Martinez: "The first half we were a little bit edgy, we reflected the anxiety that we had after the bad performance in the first hour at West Ham. But then I was extremely proud of the second-half performance and the manner we approached the game. You're looking at a very experienced and strong Stoke side and, when you give them the lead, the games become very, very difficult. With the deflection, it seemed that everything goes against us, but we reacted in the right manner and Charles N'Zogbia's chance at the end, which is an outstanding save from (Asmir) Begovic, that would have given us the reward I think we would have deserved."

Tony Pulis: "Fair play to Wigan, they came back twice, albeit the two goals they scored were deflected goals. We created chances, they created chances, it was a very open game. I thought (both keepers made) two fantastic saves. Begovic's was a superb save from the angle but I thought their keeper got down ever so well because the one thing you want to do is head it down, and for him to get down that low so quick was fantastic."


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