Premier League - Fergie: Liverpool offered nothing

Sun, 19 Sep 19:10:00 2010

Sir Alex Ferguson was far from impressed with Liverpool's performance as he watched his Manchester United side win 3-2 at Old Trafford.

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Manchester United 3-2 Liverpool

Sir Alex Ferguson: "From thinking to myself 'it's going to be 10' we ended up at 2-2. It was a travesty of a scoreline then - but a great result at the end. They (Liverpool) didn't offer anything and depended on decisions from the linesman to get back in the game. Edwin van der Sar had no saves to make, Paul Scholes controlled the midfield and we looked dangerous up front with Dimitar and Nani - I couldn't see us losing the game."

Roy Hodgson: "We have had a remarkably hard start to the season. Our performance was clearly a lot better than our last two Premier League performances (a 1-0 win over West Brom and a goalless draw at Birmingham). We were playing against a top team and we can take a lot of credit from the way we went about our business and got ourselves back into the game. To use words like catastrophe is a bit strong unless you are talking about winning the league.

Chelsea 4-0 Blackpool

Carlo Ancelotti: "I think Blackpool made some opportunities to score and we did also but it's difficult to maintain concentration when you are 4-0 up. We are playing well but there will be difficult games to come and we have to be ready. We wanted to start like last year and we are doing. Now we have to look forward. Last year we lost both games against Manchester City and we want to do better this year."

Ian Holloway: "We're all very proud people and I thought we would have given them a much better game than that. I'm bitterly disappointed. I thought we were absolutely useless first half. They showed a champion's mentality from the first corner and all our game plan went out of the window after about the first minute. We have got to think about going forward because, if we try and defend anything, we're not good enough at this level at this moment collectively. But the good news is we don't play a team of this quality every week. I think Arsenal and Chelsea are light years ahead of us but we expected that."

Wigan Athletic 0-2 Manchester City

Roberto Mancini: "I have a lot of respect for Shay and I told him the situation before the finish of the (transfer) market. I told him. 'Shay, you can choose. I hope that you stay here but I respect your decision and if you want to leave you can.' He decided to stay here and until January he must stay here. I understand his frustration but I need that Shay stays here and puts in 100 per cent. In January if he decides to leave I respect his decision ... I thought about (the captaincy) during the summer and I spoke to Carlos (Tevez) about it. He is an important player and he can improve as captain and we can have more of him."

Roberto Martinez: "We created Manchester City's best chances and that is very disappointing. In any performance the hardest thing should be to concede a goal. At the moment from time to time we come out with this softness in our defensive play which really lets ourselves down and puts games out of our reach. In defence we showed a lack of intensity. We are giving ourselves a mountain to climb to get points from games and that is what is so disappointing. (Nigel de Jong) was lucky (not to see red) but it was as self-inflicted defeat. I will never look at anything else other than ourselves when it is so obvious what made the difference."

Saturday's games

Sunderland 1-1 Arsenal

Arsene Wenger on the last-gasp equaliser: "It was outside the four minutes (of stoppage time). I know the referee can give more than four, but I think in the four minutes nothing happened to justify the extension. We battled very hard in the second half with 10 men. In the first half we had trouble getting going after Wednesday night. It's frustrating but on the other hand there are a lot of positives for my team. On the list (to take the penalty) were Nasri and Arshavin, but Nasri, maybe because he was fouled, gave the ball to Rosicky. I don’t know, but you have to accept that. Sometimes you can miss a penalty. (Fabregas's injury) is a hamstring. How bad it is I don't know."

Steve Bruce on scoring late: "It's nice the boot is on the other foot - its happened to us repeatedly in the last 15 minutes, so nice that we did it for a change, actually for the second time in a couple of weeks. You just want one of those chances to fall for (Darren Bent) and I think today he earned his goal with his work rate, he did fantastically well. They’ve got a fluke of a goal to be honest, and I thought the first half performance was excellent. We've got our reward for a great team performance."

Everton 0-1 Newcastle United

David Moyes: "I would have booed after that performance. They are good players and a good team but they now need to stand up and be counted. We didn't start the game well and Newcastle deserved the victory, I've got no qualms about that. We had no real chances up until 90 minutes, we're not kidding ourselves about that.We then had two and we were maybe a little bit unfortunate that one hits the post and bounces back into the goalkeeper's arms and the other one I actually think was really good defending. The boy just does enough to nick it off him."

Chris Hughton: "The most pleasing thing for me was the team performance. It was a real disappointment last week because it's a home game and we know how valuable points are in this division. We saw it very much as three points lost last week. Is Goodison an ideal place to come on the back of a defeat? The answer generally is no because of the quality they've got here. But I thought it was an excellent performance from the first to the 94th minute. It looks like a shoulder ligament injury (for Steve Harper), which will keep him out for a period of time."

Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Harry Redknapp: "There was a point in the game when I thought we wouldn't win the game. I'd be a liar sitting here saying I always knew we were going to come back and win it. I wasn't at all disappointed with how we played. I was disappointed to be 1-0 down, obviously. But I couldn't criticise the players for the way we tried to play, the way we moved the ball around. I thought we did as well as we could and made opportunities. We just needed to stick one away. And when the chances came, it was important we tried to finish them."

Mick McCarthy: "We've contrived to give that away, I think, to be honest with you. We were certainly the architects of our own downfall by allowing them to open us up and then get the penalty. I know exactly what (Wolves' mistakes) are but I'm not going to air them here, because I'll protect my own players. It'll be said in house - it's already been said. But I'm not going to have a go at my own players, that's for sure. They were fabulous for most of the game. But it's the fine detail."

Aston Villa 1-1 Bolton Wanderers

Outgoing caretaker manager Kevin MacDonald: "With Mr Houllier having watched Monday's game and today's match he knows there is something to work with. His backroom staff looks good, and with the players we've got, let's hope we push on further and further. Six weeks ago nobody knew me, but six weeks later I can say I was interviewed for one of the major jobs in the Premier League along with Gerard Houllier, Sven-Goran Eriksson and Alan Curbishley. So I think I've come a long way in that six weeks."

Owen Coyle: "There's no doubt that I feel Aston Villa were fired up for the game today. For five minutes after they scored they had a couple of half chances to get a second goal, but from then on in I thought we really came back into the game. If truth be told I feel a little bit hard done by not to leave with all three points. Given how everything conspired against us last week at the Emirates, I was looking for a response, for us to bounce back, and we did that."

West Bromwich Albion 3-1 Birmingham City

Roberto Di Matteo: "We didn't get hold of midfield in the first half. It is a bit of a risky move because you are 1-0 down and we removed a striker. But I felt I had to get another midfielder on but I put Peter (Odemwingie) up front and it worked. It doesn't always come off. It's the players who have to perform and they did brilliantly in the second half. Peter was a threat, a good outlet, but it was not just him. The whole team stepped it up in the second half."

Alex McLeish on taking off Lee Bowyer for fear he could be sent off: "I just didn't want to take a chance. Lee is mature but I didn't want to take a chance and get egg on my face. We were talking about taking Alexander Hleb off at that time because he has not played a lot of football and he looked fatigued. Then Bowyer got the booking and I took him off just in case. He is more mature now and he maybe would have seen it through but I didn't want to take any chances."

Stoke City 1-1 West Ham United

Stoke assistant manager Dave Kemp: "The injuries didn't help us at all. Every time we were building up a head of steam in the second half, we were forced to make a change due to the injuries. It's too early to say much about the injuries, hopefully they won't be too serious, but they all seemed to be moving pretty well in the dressing room afterwards. We may well reflect on this as two points lost rather than one gained, but we started the game slowly and were disappointed with our first half performance. We didn't get at them enough early in the game, allowed them too much time on the ball, but we changed that after the break and obviously the early goal helped us."

West Ham coach Kevin Keen: "This match is the start of our season and we can build on this. We wanted to keep the ball and play attacking football in the tradition of the club - and in the first half it worked well. I thought that our back four coped well with their throw-ins and corners. With the Manuel da Costa header and Scott Parker shot we had opportunities to nick it but we are pleased with a point. We organised as normal throughout the week and Avram (Grant, who missed the game to observe Yom Kippur) was involved."

Blackburn 1-1 Fulham

Sam Allardyce: "On 67 minutes Kelly headbutts Diouf and 999 times out of 1,000 if it's outside the box he blows up for a free-kick and a dangerous challenge and probably books him. We had control of the game and it was disappointing in the second half we got edgy, lost our rhythm and let Fulham back into it. Our quality wasn't good enough and I'm quite satisfied on the basis that we got a draw when most of the time this year I have been disappointed in the result and not the performance."

Mark Hughes: "It was a foul for their goal so we are disappointed and our performance in the second half merited a win. I don't think the referee has had a game like this before, it's only his second game in the Premier League. I just feel there's a lot going on off the ball when you play the likes of Blackburn and you need an experienced referee to recognise that and understand what's going on. Maybe that's why he missed the challenge on Mark. I was disappointed with the award of the goal, there were two other incidents prior to that so for the referee to allow the play to continue was disappointing."


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