FA Cup - Managers: Crawley 'deserved draw' says Fergie

Sun, 20 Feb 07:54:00 2011

All the post-match reaction from Saturday's FA Cup clashes, with Alex Ferguson admitting his side "weren't at the races".

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Chelsea 1-1 Everton aet (3-4 on penalties)

Carlo Ancelotti: "We deserved to win. Obviously, we are not happy but we have to look forward, to use these days, the next days, to recover well, to recover energy and to prepare well (for) the next game in the Champions League. I think that we have the time. It will not be easy but we have the time. We had very good shooters from the penalty. Lampard, (Didier) Drogba, Anelka, Essien and Ashley Cole: they were the best. Obviously, penalties are a lottery and sometimes you can win and sometimes you can lose."

David Moyes on Leighton Baines's free-kick: "I thought I saw Mikel (Arteta) pointing, going, 'I'm taking it'. I was saying, 'Oh, no!'. Only because I thought it was made for Bainesy, where it was. We needed something special at that time because it didn't quite look as if it was going to be our day. Today, I just had a feeling that (Phil Neville) should go last (in the shoot-out) if it was going to come down to it. His experience, his nous, I think he was someone who could handle the situation."

Crawley Town 0-1 Manchester United

Steve Evans on Richard Brodie's stoppage time header which hit the bar: "It looked like a big chance. Some of the boys said they thought it was in and I think a few of the United players felt the same way. We go home disappointed tonight. We really thought we could win... (Alex Ferguson) gave me a proper Glasgow welcome. They way he and his club have treated us makes me proud to be from the same city. He gave me a bottle of wine to share with my wife and overall, it was a fantastic experience. It was an education how to treat people. It is why they are the best club in the world."

Alex Ferguson: "They deserved a draw given their second-half performance. There is no doubt a few (of our) players did not do themselves justice. I had no complaints in the first half, I thought we did okay - but we weren't at the races in the second. We were second to every ball. It was disappointing. We had some players who maybe don't understand what FA Cup football is like. For them, that is the biggest lesson."

Birmingham City 3-0 Sheffield Wednesday

Alex McLeish:  "The latest is Alex (Hleb) is limping heavily. He will have a scan hopefully over the next 24 hours. We presume we can get something done tomorrow and we will know after that if there is any damage. It is his knee. We don't believe there is any cruciate problems but he got a fair rattle. The guy was very late in the tackle. He is a great player and we still believe he will make an impact for us at some stage this season and, hopefully, he will be okay for the (Carling Cup) final."

Gary Megson: "It was terrific for us for the first six minutes and yet again, each time the opposition have their first attack they score from it. Woeful doesn't describe it adequately, the simplicity of the goals against us. It shouldn't happen like that. If someone scores a world-class goal against you, or a lucky one, there is not a huge amount you can do. But the first goal is an awful one to give away."

Stoke City 3-0 Brighton & Hove Albion

Tony Pulis: "The attitude of the players was absolutely fantastic. We looked fresh and ready to go to work and the disappointing thing in the first half was that it was only 3-0. Jon Walters could have scored a hat-trick today. But the second goal was great and the two others, people will talk about set-plays, but they were well executed. We're just delighted to be in the next round."

Gus Poyet: "Maybe if three or four players from Stoke had relaxed and we had been spot-on and perfect, then maybe we would have had a chance. But we were poor technically in the first half and couldn't cope with the pressing. We were a little bit nervous and on top of that, they turned up and did what they do best very well, so we had no chance."


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