Premier League - Managers: Wenger in penalty complaint

Sun, 15 Jan 17:46:00 2012

Managerial reaction from Sunday's Premier League games, as Arsene Wenger insists Swansea should not have been awarded a penalty in their win over Arsenal.

Just the Goals

Newcastle United 1-0 Queens Park Rangers

Alan Pardew: "It was a strong challenge (on Yohan Cabaye), but Shaun Derry is a player who makes strong challenges. The referee was right on top of it. I thought it was borderline yellow/red, but I think probably it was a yellow. He seemed to get the ball. There always controversy about tackling. It's very, very difficult for referees, so I am not going to sit here and criticise that decision. But Yohan was upset. He felt it was probably a little bit over-exuberant, but the doc thinks he is going to be okay."

Mark Hughes: "At the time, I thought it was a whole-hearted challenge. Obviously, there's quite a debate at the moment in terms of the interpretation of challenges such as that, but whether or not the referee got that one wrong, I can't comment, really."

Swansea 3-2 Arsenal

Brendan Rodgers: "In those adverse moments you find out about the players, and the response was incredible. Defensively we were not at our best but you have to respect you're playing against top players. (Possession football) is something we all inherently believe in and we've had success with it. The players show great courage to pass the ball, sometimes we make mistakes but I've got a great belief they can play and pass, even against the best teams. It was always going to be a fantastic football game. They (Arsenal) have been doing it for years, Arsene Wenger has brought his club on a million miles regarding the ethos and philosophy of the game while we're only just beginning. To beat a top team and a top manager was fantastic, the players were brilliant - I'm very, very proud."

Arsene Wenger: "I still don't understand where the referee found the penalty (for Swansea's equaliser), then we defensively made some mistakes that we should not have done. When it was back at 2-2 we knew we could score a third but it was important not to make a mistake. But in the last games we have made mistakes that are difficult to explain. It is unbelievable, it happened at Fulham the same and again today."

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