FA Cup - Managers: Kean laments late drama

Sun, 08 Jan 09:08:00 2012

Managerial reaction from the day's FA Cup ties with Blackburn boss Steve Kean under more pressure after an agonising 2-1 loss to Newcastle.

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Newcastle United 2-1 Blackburn Rovers

Alan Pardew (Newcastle) on Ben Arfa's equaliser: "It's the greatest goal, in my opinion, I have ever seen with my eyes because just the technical part of it - to beat six players, to skip past people, left-foot, right-foot, cut-back, accelerate, everything that was involved in it, it was an unbelievable goal. I am absolutely chuffed for him."

Steve Kean (Blackburn): "We are disappointed we haven't got a replay. We played very well in the first half and I felt, on our first-half performance, we merited one. First and foremost, we wanted to get through to the next round and I think everybody would see that in the way we played in the first half, and we are really disappointed we are not in the next round."

Swindon 2-1 Wigan Athletic

Paolo Di Canio (Swindon): "My lads today deserve something from the club - to do something and put their names in the stadium Normally you do this when you win something important, but I don't want a big statue. Maybe just a small plaque with all their names because they did something special. (At half-time) I said to them 'once we go forward, attack because otherwise it is difficult to get what you want today, let the dream come true. And today they did show the dream can come true. But what was a surprise to me was that at half-time they believed more than me. So with this I came into the second half with a feeling we should win the game and it happened."

Roberto Martinez (Wigan): "I thought we started well and we got a well-deserved lead but I thought Swindon reacted really well to the emotions of the crowd. They got a little bit of luck with the second goal which looked offside but it was a great opportunity for me to see the whole squad and all my players. Swindon have a real togetherness, have a real fighting spirit and they showed what it means to be in the FA Cup. I'd never say that we're not interested in the FA Cup, we want to win every game that we go into, but it's true that to be in two competitions you need to use your whole squad. Today it was pleasing to see two youngsters, Jordan Mustoe and Callum McManaman. I thought they adapted really well and they have progressed really well in the last 18 months and that is pleasing. We can't expect to go into the FA Cup using just the 12 or 15 players because that can be very, very damaging. We want to be successful, but using the whole squad and today clearly in certain areas we were a little bit slack, a little lacking in minutes."

Bristol Rovers 1-3 Aston Villa

Shaun North (Bristol Rovers): "Our opportunities came far too late, although it would have been nice to score the second goal because we never gave up and battled to the very end. I have been told nothing more at the moment (about a new manager). I will start preparing for Tuesday's game against Hereford unless I am told otherwise. I imagine the board will let me know what is happening as soon as possible because any newcomer who takes over will need time to prepare the side in his own way."

Alex McLeish (Aston Villa): "We got a wee bit complacent towards the end but the players controlled it from start to finish. Rovers have some dangerous customers, we had watched their games over the last couple of weeks and they are a proud team who keep going right down to the end, and that's what can happened. As we know it only takes a second to score a goal in football and they got the one back, I thought they were a little lucky with the penalty but Brad saved it and it was a well controlled performance by the players. They had the psychological thing tonight of overcoming nerves that can happen, as we have seen in many giant-killing acts, and they did that."

West Brom 4-2 Cardiff

Roy Hodgson (West Brom): "It's good we didn't shoot ourselves in the foot by losing the game. We almost paid a high price after taking a sensible lead and than committing hara-kiri by giving the goals back. All credit to Cardiff they pressured us well, they didn't make it easy for us at any stage. But luckily we were able to get the third goal which put us on the front foot again, and after that we had a lot of chances to add to that, but we only scored once."

Malky Mackay (Cardiff): "We managed to get back into the game and looked as if we were on the front foot, but it was a magnificent strike from Cox to take the win. We ran a Premier League side very close. At 2-2 I looked across at the opposition dugout and their manager was looking quite animated, so we were certainly doing something right."

Fulham 4-0 Charlton

Martin Jol (Fulham): "I wasn't here for the last four or five years but I still think the FA Cup is the best competition in the world. I told the players that and maybe they think differently, but I don't think so. For a club like Fulham, maybe you can discuss about [the importance of] the Carling Cup but the FA Cup for me is not sacred, but it is one of the best competitions. The only thing that is amazing is I looked at Birmingham v Wolves, for example, and I said to Ray Lewington 'I thought it would be a sellout?' Even when I played it was a sell-out and it was the same when I was at Spurs. 20,000 is okay and I hope and that appreciation for the FA Cup will remain the same."

Chris Powell (Charlton): ""I think what today shows you is that you have to be clinical when you get the chances. That is the difference. A couple of the goals came through deflections and perhaps a penalty that shouldn't have been. I feel 4-0 was quite harsh on us today because we did have moments of quality and chances."

Tottenham 3-0 Cheltenham

Harry Redknapp (Spurs) on the future of Giovani Dos Santos: "I think Gio will move if we get the right player (to replace him). He's looking to move to be honest. We had a big bid from Italy last summer but he wants to go back to Spain. He needs to play and to be fit and train hard, and when he does that, he's got a chance. He's got talent, he's got ability, he just needs to work harder in training and get fitter. It's difficult for him here. We've already got Gareth Bale, Aaron Lennon and Niko Kranjcar, who was excellent today. He's a class player and he's unlucky not to play more, but it's hard. He's a fantastic footballer and a great boy."

Mark Yates (Cheltenham): "We were never going to come here and go toe-to-toe, we tried to keep it tight like a lot of teams have and we showed we've got decent players. It was a reward for the hard work the players have put in and they can be really proud of it."

Macclesfield 2-2 Bolton

Gary Simpson (Macclesfield): "It was a good effort by us against the cream of our country - a team from the Premier League. We conceded early but we kept playing and took the game to them and got our rewards. It was a fantastic goal by Mendy - I didn't know he had that in his locker, what a great strike it was. He hasn't played a lot but I always thought that the kid would come to the fore."

Owen Coyle (Bolton): "All credit to Macclesfield, they are a decent side and they scored a truly magnificent goal. I've been on the other side many times as a giant-killer and you think 'that's a typical FA Cup moment'. But credit to the boys they kept going and it became waves of attack and we could easily have won, but I don't, and I don't think anyone would, begrudge Macclesfield being given another go at it."

Milton Keynes Dons 1-1 Queens Park Rangers

Karl Robinson (MK Dons): "I respect Neil Warnock and QPR immensely for playing a strong team like they did. We missed two gilt-edged chances but we play with freedom. We make mistakes and we are going to get things wrong, but if you keep believing and playing the game the right way you are going to get results. We deserved a victory and it is a little bit embarrassing that it has been taken away from us."

Neil Warnock (QPR): "All credit to the boys, they kept going and I am delighted to be in the hat, especially as it means captain Joey (Barton) will be back for the Wigan game, which is more important really. People talk about did we want a replay, well yeah we did. At 1-0 down with 10 men and going into the last few minutes it's a great result for us. It could be the turning point of the season."

Norwich City 4-1 Burnley

Paul Lambert (Norwich): "To go through is the most important thing, but we dominated the game from start to finish. Burnley have been doing well in the Championship, but hopefully we have moved on from last year, when we had two really tough games against them."

Eddie Howe (Burnley): "Norwich have definitely improved and got some good players with consistent results, as such they are hard to beat. We were not at full strength today and when you come to a Premier League ground, you need to have your best team with you to have any chance."

Barnsley 2-4 Swansea City

Keith Hill (Barnsley): "We made mistakes which contributed to us losing that game today. Once we go 1-0 up, with the strategy we used, we shouldn't be conceding that goal. Prior to that they hadn't opened us up too many times and so it is very disappointing, but the players will be forgiven."

Colin Pascoe (Swansea assistant): "It was a tough game. The conditions were very difficult, but both teams tried to get the ball down and pass and Barnsley deserved to take the lead. It was good from ourselves to respond quite quickly and make it 1-1. I wouldn't say we were in control for long periods - Barnsley were superb, with the way they passed the ball."

Everton 2-0 Tamworth

David Moyes (Everton): "Tamworth did really well, kept at it and, while it was only 1-0 there was always a chance. We missed a few chances to make it 2-0 early on, which might have put it to bed, but for the neutrals it kept the game alive. They threatened a bit from corners and free-kicks but, without playing well, I thought we had a level of control that was enough to probably see the game out."

Marcus Law (Tamworth): "There's a part of me very disappointed because we spent a lot of time on dealing with set-pieces. I've scrutinised about six DVDs of Everton, been up here for two games and that was where I felt their strengths were. Maybe the occasion and lack of focus in that first five minutes has gone against us. But it just shows you what small margins there are in football."

Birmingham City 0-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Chris Hughton (Birmingham): "It was a brilliant save at the end. It kept us in the tie. That is the thing with keepers. They cannot be too troubled for most of the game which was the case today. But we certainly needed Colin at that moment and it earned us a replay."

Mick McCarthy (Wolves): "I think the game was going to be decided on something daft or a fabulous bit of football. As it turned out it was decided on something brilliant. It was almost a brilliant goal from Jarvo's initial strike and then two brilliant saves from Doyle kept it all square."

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