Premier League - Managers: Villas-Boas blasts ref

Sun, 23 Oct 18:16:00 2011

Managerial reaction from Sunday's Premier League fixtures, with Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas hitting out at referee Chris Foy after seeing two of his players sent off in a 1-0 defeat to west London rivals Queens Park Rangers.

Just the Goals

Queens Park Rangers 1-0 Chelsea

Neil Warnock: "It was fantastic for the fans. You don't get results like we did today very often, not when playing a team with so much quality. But our boys did fantastically, we had a plan and it worked a treat. To get three points against Chelsea is like a dream. I don't think the referee's done much wrong today. He made fewer mistakes than both teams and I was glad to have someone experienced like him in charge."

Andre Villas-Boas: "I have to praise the players because they were amazing. For 45 minutes we played with nine men and that takes courage, it shows the strength and commitment of squad. It's the third time in row where a referee has directly influenced the result for us and we're not happy with this. In three games there have been blatant refereeing mistakes. I'm very disappointed with Chris's performance. With nine players we kept our emotions very well. Chris and his team managed to play an emotional game and they conceded to the crowd and committed tremendous mistakes."

Arsenal 3-1 Stoke City

Arsene Wenger: "The second half was basically all us, especially after the first 15 minutes, and then the problem was to score goals and Van Persie can do that better than many people, and he did it when he came on. Before you leave him out you think always 15 times 'do I really do it' but I felt at some stage, and looking at the number of games he has played and with his history, you have to be cautious. Of course Robin, with his two goals, deserves massive credit but I think Gervinho had a very lively and influential game as well."

Tony Pulis: "Van Persie has come on and changed the game. We looked comfortable until he came on, I don't think Asmir (Begovic) had had a shot to save up until then. The lads worked hard. We've lost three games this season all on the back of Europa games, but if you look at our running stats they aren't far off when we've been winning games."

Blackburn Rovers 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Steve Kean: "I don't know if it is a large section of the crowd, and to be fair, I'm not really paying any attention to anybody who is staying behind. I'm interested in my players and what they give me, and they give me everything every single day. With that performance today, the crowd that didn't stay behind and the owners and staff who have worked their socks off all week for this game - we can go home and say 'we gave it everything we had'. "I think the crowd should stick with us because of the manner in which we played. I thought we grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck and that they scored against the run of play."

Harry Redknapp: “It was a massive win. We let a couple of points slip last week but that’s 16 points out of the last 18 available. I can’t ask more than that for the players they’re in great form. We were gritty in the end and we hung in there, we had some good blocks when we had to. Adebayor came back and made a great block in the last minute or so from a ball that was dropping for someone to rifle into the back of the net and that’s what you’ve got to do to win games sometimes.

Fulham 1-3 Everton

Martin Jol: "We really thought we could have a result from today but we didn't. Bobby (Zamora) had the winning goal on his foot in the 89th minute and then we conceded a goal in the 90 minute. There's nothing you can say to Bobby. He's sick and we're all sick. They play together and they lost together. We should have won this game and we didn't. Today should have been different."

David Moyes: "What we needed to do from this period was find a win from somewhere. We've had a really difficult last three games, with Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea, and we have got Manchester United next week. Arguably three of those will realistically be up there at the top of the league and we had Liverpool in there as well. Four of the last five games have been against the top of the top."


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