Premier League - Managers: Arsenal 'wanted it' too much

Tue, 27 Dec 18:21:00 2011

Managerial reaction from Tuesday's Premier League matches, with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger left ruing his side's lack of composure in the 1-1 draw with Wolves.

Just the Goals

Arsenal 1-1 Wolves

Arsene Wenger: "It was the kind of day where maybe we were not relaxed enough, maybe we wanted it so much, that we were a bit too in the 'wanting zone' and not enough in just the 'technical zone'. There are going to be a lot of twists and turns. When you have the luck of the results and you play, you can take advantage of it, that is where the worrying thing is because in the season you have to take your opportunities. We just have to keep going and take the positives out of the game. It is frustrating, but I am more frustrated by the result than the performance and the spirit. You cannot fault the attitude or the commitment or the desire to win the game."

Mick McCarthy: "I am delighted and proud. It was a difficult place to come and play. Wayne (Hennessey) is a good goalkeeper, one of the best in the league, and he gets a bit to do playing behind us. We know we can rely on him and trust him. It is fantastic - and it was a great performance."

Swansea 1-1 Queen's Park Rangers

Brendan Rodgers: "It was a clear penalty, I have had the chance to see it from a few angles and it was a definite penalty. We worked the space really well, Luke Moore got into a wonderful position, Nathan Dyer has done well, Danny (Graham) has bent his run superbly, got a touch and (Armand) Traore has made a foul. Normally with the referee so close that's a penalty. I thought it summed up Lee's performance which was interesting to say the least. He is a good lad on the circuit, trying to get experience, but he was very inconsistent right the way through, which did not help us."

Neil Warnock: "I am absolutely pleased with how we reacted with going a goal down but I am disappointed not to get the three points. We are very disappointed at their goal, as you would be. It's a deliberate handball, (Graham) gains an advantage and he wouldn't have scored otherwise. It was a certain handball, the referee said he saw the handball but that it was not deliberate, which disappoints me even more. It's the big decisions that you want referees to get right. I thought there were a number of mistakes tonight but it's the match-winning ones you want them to get right. It was a kick in the teeth, it felt such an injustice at half-time but it spurred us on. I think that was the most stonewall penalty (for Swansea) you will see in the latter stages, the most certain penalty ever. It definitely looked a penalty from where we were."

Norwich 0-2 Tottenham

Paul Lambert: "The bigger teams can really hurt you and Spurs are definitely up there vying for the championship. It's disappointing (to lose) but we gave it everything we had. They've got quality all over the pitch. I've got to have a realism factor, where we came from and the team we are up against."

Harry Redknapp: "It was a good result. When you are up there you cannot afford not to. You've got to keep picking up results. If there's one game to go and we're sitting with a chance to win the league (Spurs could be called contenders). Man United and Man City look so strong, I wouldn't like to pick up a winner out of those two. We'd like to get back in the Champions League and that won't be easy."

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