Premier League - Managers: Kean stays positive

Sun, 29 Apr 18:08:00 2012

Managerial reaction after Sunday's Premier League matches, with Blackburn boss Steve Kean somehow staying positive after defeat to Tottenham.

FOOTBALL Premier League Blackburn manager Steve Kean during the 2-0 defeat to Tottenham on April 29 - 0

Chelsea 6-1 Queens Park Rangers

Roberto Di Matteo: "I have to say that the team surprised me as well. I wasn't expecting but I was hoping - they really put in a great performance. (Fernando Torres) was always working very hard for the team and putting assists in. We are a team and that's what you support, and it doesn't really matter who scores. I'm pleased for him today that he's scored the hat-trick. The confidence comes with the wins and, obviously for a striker, maybe a little bit with the goals as well. The whole team looks full of confidence.

Mark Hughes: "Given the week that Chelsea have had - the whole club's on a high - we had to come and set our stall out and make sure that we were difficult to beat. What was it, 30, 40 seconds we're behind in the game? At that point, the feeling is that it's possibly going to be a difficult day. The fact that we kept going, we deserve a bit of credit. But, at times, we were a little bit naive. Possibly you have to take your medicine and understand that it's not going to be your day."

Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Blackburn Rovers

Harry Redknapp: "We have to win our games but it's going to be close, it's going to be hard. We've got two hard away games - Bolton are in good form, fighting for their lives and Aston Villa need a result. We have to keep trying to win the games and if we win our games no-one can finish above us. It was a great free-kick. When (Kyle Walker) stepped up I said 'don't shoot from here'. It shows what I know. He's been great. He's learning all the time and he's got a big future."

Steve Kean: "It's tough but we have to look at the positives. We need two monumental performances and two massive results. We've got Wigan up next, if we beat Wigan we go to Chelsea and we keep going, keep chasing. We've had many monumental performances this season. some really good home wins, some back-to-back clean sheets. We'll probably need that again and I have trust and faith in the lads. I think, going forward, we never got our passes off. When you don't circulate the ball well enough and don't get quality into the front two you're not going to ask any questions of the defenders. That's frustrating."

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