Premier League - Managers: Mancini hails Silva

Sun, 21 Aug 19:49:00 2011

Managerial reaction from the Premier League, with Roberto Mancini praising the performance of David Silva against Bolton.

Bolton v Man City

Bolton 2-3 Manchester City

Owen Coyle: "It was a terrific game of football. We were very much in it right up to the full-time whistle. We faced a team full of world class players and could well have got something from the game. You know that when you face an elite club such as Manchester City that they have quality right throughout the squad and we had to be at our best. I think we showed that and stood toe-to-toe with them."

Roberto Mancini: “David (Silva) is a fantastic player and was excellent against Bolton. He makes it look easy and he has started the season very well. I am very happy with him. I think we need to score maybe 15 more goals than we did last season, but at the same time, we cannot concede more than we did last year if we want to do well. I thought Edin Dzeko played very well and so did Sergio Aguero, but it is normal that he was tired towards the end. Neither Aguero or Carlos (Tevez) are fully match fit yet.”

Norwich City 1-1 Stoke City

Paul Lambert: "I thought we were excellent I really did. I thought that from start to finish, although they got that goal at the death. I thought the penalty decision was at least three-yards outside the box, I think that was clear for everyone to see. It wasn't a penalty, never in a million years. It might have been a foul, but how he gave it given his positioning being so far behind it and I don't think the linesman gave it, I just saw it on the tape and it changed the game."

Tony Pulis: "Give Norwich credit, they scored in the first half and played well but in the second half I couldn't believe we didn't score a hatful of goals. I thought we had a good penalty claim in the first half, we didn't get that one but we got one in the second half and when we missed it you just thought it was going to be Norwich's day. But the lads never give up, they keep going and never give up. It was a difficult game for them. It was Norwich's first home game of the season, a full house, we had been away in Europe, everything was in favour of Norwich."

Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 Fulham

Mick McCarthy: "We start off bottom alphabetically so it's nice to be top, even for a little while! Really though I'm not bothered as I'm sure you'll realise! I've never been there before in the Premier League but I won't be celebrating tonight. I'll probably have a bite to eat, maybe a bottle of beer and watch the games on telly, probably ending up falling asleep on the settee. That's how exciting it's going to get tonight."

Martin Jol: “I don’t think (fatigue is) the case at the start of the season. Maybe in October there maybe some signs of fatigue but not at the start of the season. The only thing is we have to use our best players all the time but we’re in the UEFA Europa League and hopefully we’ll get through to the group stages on Thursday. I’m happy we’re in the competition."

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