Premier League - Managers: Ancelotti on Lampard snub

Sun, 12 Dec 19:24:00 2010

Managerial reaction from the Premier League, with Carlo Ancelotti explaining why Frank Lampard did not take Chelsea's late penalty against Tottenham, which was missed by Didier Drogba.

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Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Chelsea

Harry Redknapp: "They pressed us in the second half, their mindset was to come on to us and we took a backwards step. I told them we had to keep being positive but credit to Chelsea, they're champions and they don't give up. (Heurelho) Gomes has done great for us and it was a great save. It was a good, open game. They attacked us and we attacked them. It was an open game. It says that we're as good a side as almost anybody. We'll only get stronger."

Carlo Ancelotti: "Frank Lampard was not able to shoot (the penalty) because he was not able to train. Didier missed a penalty but he had a good performance and scored a good goal. It was very important to win, we deserved to win, but we didn't. I think we are on the right way. This game shows we are on our way back. We played well, started well. When we were down we didn't lose composure or control. We deserved to win. We were very close, we will win our next game."

Bolton Wanderers 2-1 Blackburn Rovers

Owen Coyle: "What I loved was that having lost an equaliser so late in the game and being down to 10 men it would be easy to feel sorry for yourself. But with this group their first instinct was to go forward and to try to win it, even with 10 men. What it showed me was that we have a tremendous spirit and desire to go and work for each other and to stand up and be counted. I think that was so evident for everyone to see."

Sam Allardyce: “We defended like a bunch of old women. We have thrown away the chance of more points. Mame (Biram Diouf) got us back in the game and we didn't learn our lesson from Bolton putting balls down the middle, and immediately the ball goes down the middle from the re-start. We all know what Kevin Davies is good at and lo and behold none of our defenders pick up the loose ball. It's a very good finish from (Stuart) Holden but it's diabolical defending. I thought we were better when we had 11 versus 11 because they were doing nothing to threaten us. The disappointing thing is throwing the points away. At the very least we should have had a draw."

Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 Birmingham City

Mick McCarthy: "I've been delighted by the performance, application and team spirit every week but it's a result today and that's all that matters. Stephen Ward's performance up front was fabulous, Kevin Foley is a right-back playing in midfield and he gave an excellent performance and Dave Edwards has just come back from a thigh strain and they've all applied themselves. I don't think Wayne Hennessey has made too many saves and I would argue that their keeper is probably man of the match for them."

Alex McLeish: “We were poor for an hour and never really got going. To lose a goal right on the stroke of half time was unprofessional and ended up costing us. We knew that Wolves had one or two selection problems so we came here with the formation and the tactics to get at them but we also knew that they would come at us as the home side and I think you have to give Mick McCarthy and his men a lot of credit for the way they played. Ben Foster produced some good saves for us today, once again showing how reliable and consistent he is.”


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