Premier League - Managers: Houllier wants support

Sat, 19 Mar 22:17:00 2011

Gerard Houllier wants Aston Villa fans to get behind his side after finding himself on the receiving end of angry chants during the home defeat to Wolves.

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Aston Villa 0-1 Wolves

Gerard Houllier: "I shared the fans' frustrations. They are not happy with me and I'm not happy with what we are doing at the moment. This is what happens when you don't get the results. You have to live with that. The hostility was not something I have really faced before. It is completely new but I can live with that. The fans need to support the team. What we want is the fans to back the team and at the moment we are going through a difficult period. The season has gone that way."

Mick McCarthy: "You didn't have to be the brightest light on the Christmas tree to recognise there was some tension amongst the crowd. I don't like to hear any manager get hostility towards them but I would prefer it to be him or 18 other managers rather than me! It comes with the job. If you get beaten by a team in the bottom three, you get it (the hostility). I empathise with [Gerard Houllier] but sympathy, no."

Blackburn Rovers 2-2 Blackpool

Ian Holloway: "I thought the referee had a bit of a stinker. Was that a penalty? I don't think so. It was a great move but it bobbled off their defender then my centre-forward fell over. There was contact but he'd already had his shot. I thought it was a corner. But it shouldn't be balanced out with more bad decisions at the end, and it was unfortunately. Was that a free-kick on the halfway line that led to that huge boot into our box? But I'd rather talk about what we tried to do this week. People were on about it's a big game but we tried to play our football. We didn't get affected, we still passed it. We got ourselves 2-0 up and it could have been four. I'm proud of my team."

Steve Kean: "It's a massive point. I said to the lads at half-time, 'It's very easy for me to say we're 2-0 down, we'll change the shape of the team, change the personnel, but why don't we go out and perform exactly like we did in the first part of the first half?'. Full credit to them, they did that, and after we scored the crowd got behind us and we had a really good go and dug something out of the game. I think we had 20 attempts on goal so I think we were well worth at least a point."

West Bromwich Albion 2-2 Arsenal

Arsene Wenger: "The pitch was very difficult for us and it was difficult to pass at top speed, so it was almost more down to character and resilience - and we have shown plenty. Mathematically we lost two points, but psychologically I think we won a point, because when you are 2-0 down with 20 minutes to go, you cannot be too unhappy with this comeback."

Roy Hodgson: "We are upset we couldn't hang on because it was a sterling effort by the players, but we were playing against a very good team. With the questions they ask of you in terms of defensive organisation, you are always going to be hard pressed not to concede a goal. It is disappointing to be 2-0 up and not get a victory, but on the other hand, it would be wrong of me to suggest that Arsenal got anything from this game they didn't deserve."

Everton 2-1 Fulham

David Moyes: “We went ahead, they got back and it was a bit tense. It is a dangerous result 2-0 - the Premier League is not letting any games be won easily, by any side. It was a good victory, we had to grind it out. We are missing a lot of key players. My job is to try to find a way of winning."

Mark Hughes: "It was difficult for us to get out but we can play better than we did in the first half. We showed that in the second half but conceded a very unlucky goal - it went through about three players' legs and Mark Schwarzer was unable to keep it out. We looked the better team because of that but you can't just play for 45 minutes. You have to play for the full 90. In the end we couldn't get that equaliser that certainly our second half performance deserved."

Wigan Athletic 2-1 Birmingham City

Alex McLeish: "We started the game so well but when we lost the goal we seemed to lose the plot. Figueroa's right leg is only usually for standing on but he threw his weight behind it and how it went in is a mystery. Ben Foster never saw it until late because of the amount of bodies in his way. But how the referee doesn't see it is a penalty before that, I am baffled. Alcaraz does not look at the ball, he just takes the player out."

Roberto Martinez: "It is a great story - after 110 appearances it is the perfect hat-trick. He had one wonder goal with his left foot against Stoke (from 60 yards), one with his head against Tottenham and now with his right foot. It was great just to see him going forward and he was a joy to watch. Maynor is the nicest and most professional player you will see and he deserved his moment. He had a very tough summer being in the World Cup and he has not had any time off and had a slow start to the season. Now he is physically stronger and when he is physically strong he is a very powerful left-back."

Stoke City 4-0 Newcastle

Alan Pardew: "We have always been conscious we have never been that far away (from the relegation zone). The scoreline is going to put some pressure on us in terms of our next home game. It is one of those days you would like to forget as a manager. But I think we have enough in the dressing room and enough quality to win the next game and give ourselves some breathing space."

Tony Pulis: "We are pleased, we knew it was going to be a tough game. On the back of what we did against West Ham there was a concern the players might not be focussed and a little bit drained. We are doing things at this club that have not happened for 39 years. The players are not used to the pressure of playing in these competitions at the level we are dealing with now."

Manchester United 1-0 Bolton Wanderers

Alex Ferguson: "The referee has seen the player had a bad injury. Both players went for the same ball, with their feet raised, and Jonny (Evans) caught the lad. Once you raise your feet you are putting yourself in a dangerous area. It was unfortunate but we cannot complain."

Owen Coyle: "Stuart (Holden) has gone to hospital. I think the players reacted the way they did because a cut opened up on his knee. We hope it is nothing worse than that and there is no break or ligament damage but we will only know when we get the results back from the hospital."

Tottenham Hotspur 0-0 West Ham United

Harry Redknapp: "Jermain (Defoe) was up half the night due to a family bereavement. I wasn't sure whether to play him but he wanted to. He had some good chances today, the little fella, and he normally scores them but it was just one of those days. It wasn't through a lack of effort."

Avram Grant: "Tottenham are a really good team, especially at home, so I think it was a good result for us. My team showed a good spirit. We are scoring lots of goals at the moment but we need to keep clean sheets to stay up and I'm glad we did that today."

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