Premier League - Managers: Redknapp confirms Lennon blow

Sun, 18 Dec 18:05:00 2011

Managerial reaction from Sunday's Premier League games, with Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp hit by injury woes after beating Sunderland.

Tottenham 1 Sunderland 0

Queen's Park Rangers 0-2 Manchester United

Neil Warnock: "It would have been interesting had we scored just to give them 15 minutes under the cosh, to see how they reacted, but we couldn't take the chances. They were better than us, but they're the champions, aren't they? You don't realise how good he (Rooney) is until you see him live. He hardly gave a ball away."

Alex Ferguson: "If you said before the game 'Would you take 2-0?', of course we would. But on the evidence of today, we should've scored a lot of goals. Queens Park Rangers in their home games have been a real problem to a lot of teams. But we kept them quiet for most of the game and we played some terrific football at times, and I'm pleased with that."

Aston Villa 0-2 Liverpool

Alex McLeish: "Without doubt we lacked that cutting edge, losing two of our top players. It's the same as any top team. It would be the same with Liverpool if they lost Luis Suarez. It's difficult. We have youngsters, we are going through a transitional phase, trying to stabilise things a little bit. That (no Bent or Agbonlahor) made it tougher for us, but it's always a challenge. Sometimes the determination and the will can overcome the skill, which Liverpool had in abundance. But in the end, Liverpool had too much nous and experience and players who can make a difference."

Kenny Dalglish: "Suarez has been sat in a hotel room for three days. He only trained on Tuesday and Friday. Then he put in a performance like that. It speaks volumes for the man. We can't comment on [the Suarez hearing]. It's not my choice. We'd love to comment. I'm afraid we wouldn't like to prejudice anything. We've been respectful all the way through and I don't think at this stage we'd want to be accused of losing that respect."

Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Sunderland

Harry Redknapp: "Lennon felt the tear. He has no chance for Thursday. He felt it go. It will be weeks if it's a tear."

Martin O'Neill: "We put a big, big effort into the game, I thought, before they scored and certainly in the last 25 minutes of the match. Tottenham are a very fine side. Overall I'm disappointed that we didn't get something from the game, particularly when it looked as though the storm had been calmed. I thought the way we played was very encouraging and I told the players so in the dressing room. I cannot fault them in terms of effort."

Manchester City 1-0 Arsenal

Roberto Mancini: "It was very important after Chelsea - we didn't deserve to lose that game. Today was a fantastic game for the supporters. It was open until the end and I think we deserved to win. They (Arsenal) are playing very, very well...when you are playing against Arsenal, who have Robin Van Persie, Gervinho and (Theo) Walcott up front, you can concede a goal anytime. I think today we showed we wanted to win this game, after Chelsea and go on top again - but we know the season is long. Maybe we will be in second position at some stage during the year - but if we work hard we can stay top. It was a big test for our character and I think we showed we are a strong team...we know we shall fight with United and Tottenham and the other teams who are very strong."

Arsene Wenger: "We feel we had the chances to score and to come out of this game losing after such a good run is always difficult to take. The game was interesting and very intense physically but we can take some encouragement from the quality of the performance we produced. Our belief has to be intact because to lose a game like that today is frustrating for the players - but they showed outstanding spirit and quality. It's a basis to build on and go again. I feel (Laurent) Koscielny, (Johan) Djourou and (Thomas) Vermaelen did remarkably well - but they are all centre-backs."

Eurosport / PA Sport

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