Premier League - Mancini: 'I don't know where Tevez is'

Eurosport - Sun, 21 Feb 17:45:00 2010

Managerial reaction from Sunday's Premier League games, with Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini still waiting on Carlos Tevez to return from Argentina.

FOOTBALL Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini during goalless draw with Liverpool at Eastlands - 0

Manchester City 0-0 Liverpool

Roberto Mancini: "I don't know where Carlos Tevez is - I think in Argentina. It's a big problem for us because we have an important week and we don't have Tevez. For me it is no good. Carlos has been at home for eight days and I don't know if he has been training while in Argentina. I hope Carlos, within the next two days, can come back here because we need him. Maybe he is on the plane.

"I spoke to him three days ago. He had some problems with his family but now it has been resolved and I hope he comes back. I think he will come back in two days. I need him."

Rafael Benitez: "Yossi Benayoun felt he could have had a penalty. He was trying to continue, you cannot blame the player. He was trying to go forward, to score. But we can be talking this for a while, you can say too much.

"I don't think the result is good for anyone. We both wanted to win and I have to think about the positives. We were strong, we did well and we have two players coming back - that is all you can say after the game."

Blackburn Rovers 3-0 Bolton Wanderers

Sam Allardyce: "It's our biggest win of the season and four wins on the trot at Ewood Park. We're making everyone sit up and think what a game they're going to get here - and they certainly are. It was a difficult game. One; because of the weather, and two; it's a local derby. But we deserved a 1-0 lead in the first half. We then sat back on that a little too much and Bolton had their best spell and threatened that they might get something.

"But when the best chance of the game for them came we've got Paul Robinson, who made a match-winning save. Then we got the biggest snowflakes you've ever seen in your life - I was struggling to see the ball and the players almost, they were that big! Once we'd weathered that storm we had Junior Hoilett, with a diving header that Jussi (Jaaskelainen) saved, and Steven Nzonzi with the header, and I was wondering if and when the second goal was going to come.

"But when we got that it knocked the stuffing out of Bolton and we just opened them up if and when we saw fit. The third goal went in and it could have been four in the end, perhaps five."

Owen Coyle: "I was disappointed with our performance today. It's no excuse to say you've played a lot of games, we still expect better that what we offered today. I think there was a 20-minute period at the start of the second half where we looked like ourselves and could have had an equaliser. We had bits and pieces in the first half, which I thought was quite scrappy. Matt Taylor probably had the best chance of the first half and it was a good save.

"We paid a heavy price and the goals we lost, I wouldn't expect to lose those goals in the school playground. There were two Blackburn players in offside positions for the second but they didn't affect the goal and Sam Ricketts was certainly playing Roberts onside, the goalscorer, so there's no argument there from my point of view. The third goal, we've allowed a short free-kick to be taken and put no pressure on the ball.

"That was really disappointing given how well we've been defending of late - and obviously not scoring, given the opportunities we had. When you do those two things well, you get results and points, and we didn't do that well enough today, it's as simple as that."

Aston Villa 5-2 Burnley

Martin O'Neill: "Ashley Young was terrific for us today. He wanted to make things happen. I was delighted with his performance. I have this argument every week with people who say that his form has dipped this season but I think he has done brilliantly. It's just been the case that other players have sometimes stolen the limelight, like James Milner. I've been delighted with both of them - and a few others besides.

"We started slowly. We didn't get into gear in the first half and were sluggish. But, in a game where expectations were high for us to win it, to come from behind was very pleasing. There was relief with the equaliser when Stewart Downing scored a great second goal and then we had a spell where we were electric. In that spell, the movement was terrific and we also had the ability to finish moves off - which has not been our strongest point.

"Gabriel Agbonlahor had recovered from his ankle problem but hurt his calf in training yesterday and was quite sore so I will see how he feels tomorrow."

Brian Laws: "In the first half we were excellent and the game plan was spot on. We deserved to go in front and were bright, organised and solid. But what we didn't do was regroup well after the equaliser and the second goal was the killer. It was very sloppy and led to a crazy 12 or 13 minutes that lost us the game - and you can't rectify anything after that.

"We didn't capitulate - but we were too expansive with our play. We will get the result away from home. We will break this barrier. I am confident about that."

Fulham 2-1 Birmingham City

Roy Hodgson: "We got off to the worst possible start with the own goal after three minutes. But to come in at half-time 1-0 down after the way we had played was harsh on the players. We were fortunate with the wonder strike from James McFadden that hit the underside of the crossbar but otherwise I thought we were really good value for our victory. We had more shots, more opportunities and more of the play - we had to dig deep and score two great goals to win it, but we got there in the end.

"We don't get into those goal of the month competitions that often but, after Zamora's goals on Thursday and today we might have one in the list. Not only did he work hard but he so rarely gave the ball away. Fabio Capello is an excellent coach and manager and is a friend. He's at least a good judge of player as I am and if he wants him I'd be delighted but we'd fully understand if he has other options. I'm not the one who's going to be pushing him but it's great to hear the crowd are."

Alex McLeish: "The match was won by two pieces of inspiration from Fulham. The finishes were brilliant, and also the play by Damien Duff, who is a fantastic player. That quality is something we have to aspire to. It was a nothing game until Duff decided to take part in the proceedings. They've come against one of the best strikers in the league. If they want to aspire to the next level they are going to have to overcome players like Bobby Zamora.

"We have to stop talk about Europe. For a team to come from the Championship and to go for Europe is ridiculous, particularly with the budget I have to spend. In the last two or three weeks we lost three games in London and we need to find a spark to get back to winning ways."

Wigan Athletic 0-3 Tottenham Hotspur

Roberto Martinez: "I am left with a huge feeling of frustration. We had to climb a mountain after conceding that first goal, which was a terrible decision from linesman as it was clearly offside. I cannot explain it, there was no-one in the linesman's vision and it is hard to understand how it went against us. It was a key moment in the game.

"I felt a few decision went against us. Jermain Defoe was fortunate to stay on the pitch after a couple of incidents. I think from small decisions to big decisions, the referee made the game impossible for us."

Harry Redknapp: "It was a great performance from us today. I was really pleased with the attitude we showed. I won't sleep tonight (about Defoe's offside goal). It doesn't bother me at all. Sometime you get them sometimes you don't.

"Roman Pavlyuchenko's trained well this week. He's worked hard and showed a great attitude. They (the fans) love him. I've always said he has got great ability. When he wants to work and give everything, he's a top quality player. Ledley King looks like he's torn a muscle."


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