FA Cup - O'Neill challenges Carew

PA Sport - Sun, 07 Mar 19:23:00 2010

Manager reaction from today's FA Cup matches as O'Neill challenges Carew to perform.

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Reading 2-4 Aston Villa

Martin O'Neill: "John (Carew) at his hungriest can perform like that. He can do that and I want him to perform like that more often. I would be delighted if he could score a hat-trick every week but first he needs to find a level of performance which is up there with the best strikers.

"It was a great spell by us just after half-time and we needed to do something because we had played so meekly in the first half. But I am delighted with the team, we have showed great character."

Brian McDermott: "I thought we played really, really well in the first half and we were good value for a 2-0 lead. But if you are going to lose a game that's the way to do it, especially in the FA Cup. Our play was excellent and I am looking forward to watching it again on TV. We could even have had more goals.

"It wasn't nerves. We came up against players who could be in the Champions League next year. They have pace, power and quality all over the pitch and I think we gave them as tough a game as they have had all season. We knew at half-time that they were capable of producing something and they certainly responded to whatever Martin said."

Chelsea 2-0 Stoke

Ray Wilkins:"That was another superb performance from him (John Terry). He's an exceptional captain and we're delighted to have him on board. He leads these players on the pitch in fantastic fashion and scored a great second goal.

Stoke put you under a lot of pressure, especially from dead balls and long throws but our concentration was fantastic. Aston Villa are a very strong side and beat us earlier in the season. It will be another tough game in the semi-final."

Tony Pulis:"Our fans are brilliant, different class. John will have to accept he'll take stick, (but) if John does well in the World Cup and wins it, he'll come back a hero.

"We've knocked Arsenal and Man City out. To pull Chelsea out of the hat at Stamford Bridge was a difficult tie. The players were first class. We gave everything and had a right go."

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