Premier League - Managers: Mancini admits favourites tag
Mon, 07 May 08:01:00 2012
Manchester United 2-0 Swansea
Sir Alex Ferguson: "I want to thank the directors for supporting us the way they do and hopefully next week we will have the biggest celebration of our lives. We have to go (to Sunderland) with the right spirit to win the match. You never know. Our responsibility (next week) is to win the game. We've got next week. QPR need a point you never know. I just wish Sparky (QPR boss Mark Hughes) was playing."
Brendan Rodgers: "Next week (our final match at home to Liverpool) is going to be brilliant. I will be asking all the fans if they can wear as many Elvis Presley costumes as we can because when we got promoted the bookies said there was more chance of seeing Elvis Presley than us staying at this level."
Newcastle United 0-2 Manchester City
Alan Pardew: "We have great potential at this football club. We are back where we should be, we have tradition and history that few clubs can match. If we can win at Everton next week it will put massive pressure on Arsenal and Spurs. They have go to win now."
Roberto Mancini: : "Maybe (City are title favourites), maybe yes because it depends on us. If we beat QPR, we will be the champions. But at this moment, we can't think about this. We need to prepare very well for the next game, only this. I am excited because we are on the top, but it's not enough. One week more and if we play like we did today, we have a lot of chance to win."
Alex McLeish: "It is as tough a season as I've had. I knew it was going to be a challenge but I've always stood up in the face of adversity. I assessed the squad at the start of the season and knew there was a possibility of being in the lower half of the table if we got injuries. Randy Lerner has been very supportive, he's sent positive texts in the last few days and there is no indication of an urgent meeting being required. I expect to be here next season and hope to win the fans over. In general, the fans have been excellent. I bought into the project here with Randy and the board and the need to reduce the wage bill. There has been some pain along the way but I have shown leadership and stood up in times of adversity."
Harry Redknapp: "When you are down to 10 men and you are 1-0 down it's a point gained in the end, but on the balance of the game it was two points lost. Of course, there was frustration because a win today and we were guaranteed fourth place but it's all to play for still. There's one game left and look at the permutations. It could be Chelsea, it could be us, it could be Arsenal, it could be Newcastle. It's just impossible to tell. We've all got tough games next week. No one has got an easy game so it will be an interesting last game of the season."
Owen Coyle: "We have to pick ourselves up and win that game (against Stoke) and I truly believe that will be enough to keep us in the Premier League. There is no getting away from how disappointing it is to have drawn a game that to all intents and purposes we were well placed to win. We created some unbelievable chances and at 2-0 up we should have closed the game out and had the three points we craved. My disappointment is that we allowed that to slip away, and now we have to stand up and be counted. "
West Brom assistant Keith Downing: "Things were said about the timing of the FA's announcement and whether we were going to be taking it seriously. But we knew the magnitude of the game, particularly for Bolton and the other teams in fear of relegation. I think it is testament to the players that they showed so much concentration and application."
Fulham 2-1 Sunderland
Martin Jol: "I want to enjoy today and I enjoyed it before the match, which is probably the first time this season because there was not a lot to lose. But, on the other hand, we thought if we would get a win under our belt, we could end up above Liverpool. If we had ended up with one point, we were certain of ending above Stoke, Swansea and all the other teams so it is great to have a win and we will be in top 10, which was our main target."
Martin O’Neill: "I think that obviously we missed some gilt-edged chances and eventually that proved the difference in the game. Overall it was an encouraging performance by us and in possession I thought we passed the ball pretty well today so to concede just after we scored a great equaliser was particularly galling. We went to sleep after the equaliser and maybe we were distracted by the fact that [Stephane] Sessegnon had to change his footwear at that time. "
Queens Park Rangers 1-0 Stoke City
Mark Hughes: "I'm delighted for Djibril [Cisse]. Obviously it has been a little bit stop-start for him and invariably when he has played and been on the pitch he has made an impact in terms of scoring and been involved in key moments. We left it late. We played a little bit stop-start and it was difficult to replicate the momentum we've generated in recent weeks. You hope that something will happen and thankfully it did."
Tony Pulis: "I was disappointed today, I don't think it was a game we deserved to lose. I don't think anyone could question the players' attitude and application. When we've got in there we've not hit the target, I don't think we made the keeper make the save, though we created some great opportunities. There's about four or five chances where you'd expect us to score."
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-0 Everton
Terry Connor: "Everton have not lost in seven, they've scored four goals in three of their last four games, they're a team bang in form, so to get a clean sheet from our point of view is a good effort. It was important to try to leave the fans with something. If we couldn't win it then we wanted to take something from the game so they had something positive to go home with for the summer, and come back next year to support the club in its quest to be back in the Premier League."
Everton assistant manager Steve Round: "The players are disappointed in the dressing room. We had enough dominance in possession and created enough opportunities definitely. We just couldn't take that defining moment, whether it was the pass or the final shot, and obviously we had a really good goal disallowed. I thought the second one was offside, Fellaini doesn't touch the ball but he does go for it, which makes him interfering. Recently we've been playing as well as that but taking the chances, and today we didn't."PA Sport