Eurosport - Sun, 28 Feb 07:57:00 2010
Managerial reaction from Saturday's Premier League games with Tony Pulis and Arsene Wenger having differing views on Ryan Shawcross tackle on Aaron Ramsey.
Stoke 1-3 Arsenal
Tony Pulis: "It is a bad challenge but I know Shawcross, I signed him as a 19-year-old. He has got no bad blood in him whatsoever and there is no way in a million years he would ever go out to hurt anybody. I really mean that. (Wenger) can't comment on my players. He doesn't know what my players are made of or are about."
Arsene Wenger: "I'm not very happy with the tackle, we know what we have to expect, we have now had three leg breaks, [Abou] Diaby, Eduardo and Ramsey. He is 19-years-old and they were all horrendous tackles, I refuse to believe it's a coincidence, we know what it is to be physical against Arsenal, we don't fancy the physical side, that's the result. I believe in what I see, when you see a player of that quality injured like that its not acceptable, I don't accept that."
Carlo Ancelotti: "It was not a good day. The only good thing from today is that we still have one point more than Manchester United. We have more chance to win the title than either them or Arsenal because that is what the table says. The players were not distracted. The Manchester City players were not distracted. We made mistakes but John Terry did not make any. This thing has not affected his form. There is no reason to take him out of the team. There is no way. He is our captain."
Roberto Mancini: "I do not want to speak about the [Bridge and Terry] situation. I hope Wayne Bridge can play for the national team. I am sorry for the situation because every player wants to play for his country - but it is his decision. Now it is finished. Maybe I will send Carlos (Tevez) back to Argentina for another two weeks then pick him the day he after he comes back. Football is strange. This result could change our season. We are playing for fourth position. That is our target, along with Liverpool, Tottenham and Aston Villa.
Brian Laws: "I felt we deserved something out of it, but inexplicably you can't give away opportunities and goals like we did. We needed to make it difficult for them, so to hand it over on a plate is a bit difficult to swallow to say the least."
Avram Grant: "I cannot promise anything, other than as long as I am here then I will fight for the city and the club because it's the right thing to do," insisted Grant. But I'm not thinking about myself right now. If I think I need to walk away, then I will do it. But if I was going to walk away I would have done it in January when everything that should have happened didn't and then things became even worse."
Birmingham 1-0 Wigan
Alex McLeish: "If you had said at the start of the season that we would get 40 points by March, I would have said you are having a laugh because the squad needed time to gel and develop and we had lads coming in from the Championship. To get to 40 points before March is an outstanding feat from a squad that cost £10m in the summer to assemble. That is amazing and it is even more amazing that we are in eighth position but we now want to kick on and the characters in the dressing room will ensure we don't ease up."
Roberto Martinez: "For the penalty, I don't think there was any contact and, if there was any contact, it was certainly not enough for it to be a penalty. It is quite clear. The referee was only five yards away but at the moment we are not getting the luck with decisions. Our player is trying to clear the ball and, their player, I would say should have been given a yellow card."
Bolton 1-0 Wolves
Owen Coyle: "We all knew how big a game this was. So it was terrific to get the three points. Our performance was of a high standard as well. There were moments in the second half when we rode our luck. But we should have put the game to bed by that time. We had a stonewall penalty at the start of the second half. I felt it was ball to hand. But the biggest single thing today was getting that win. It elevates us out of the bottom three and it gives your confidence a great boost."
Mick McCarthy: "Playing well doesn't always get you points, does it. We switched off just before half-time. We have made mistakes and it has cost us the game. The goal we conceded wasn't bad luck it was bad defending. It still remains the same. We need a certain amount of points with 11 games left to stay in this league. Can we get those points? That remains to be seen. We will keep trying, keep plugging away. We are in there fighting and that gives us a chance."