Premier League - Managers: AVB puts loss down to luck

Sat, 29 Oct 20:01:00 2011

All the reaction to Saturday's matches, with Chelsea's manager claiming his side's loss against Arsenal was merely a slice of misfortune.

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas - 0

Chelsea 3-5 Arsenal

Andre Villas-Boas: "You have to take two goals out of the situation because one was caused by a slip from our player that left Robin van Persie through on goal, and the other came when we were chasing an equaliser so it's nothing to do with defensive organisation. We were punished by an unlucky situation. Luck didn't want anything with us today... [On John Terry] Has the situation affected John? No, not at all. It hasn't distracted him at all, I don't think. For me, it was never a situation. It's a misunderstanding. It's an FA investigation, so let them investigate. This is just defeat for a team, a very important defeat and nothing else."

Arsene Wenger: "Chelsea have been very secure defensively in the games they have played until now so maybe it is the quality of our play that opened them up. We kept throwing everything forward. It was a good team performance and we showed great spirit because when you are 2-1 down just before half time it can be difficult. We showed great desire to go forward. We always looked dangerous for the whole game. [On Robin van Persie] He is on fire. He takes advantage from his class, plus the fact we attack a lot and that we create chances. Overall the intelligence of his movement around the box and the accuracy of his finishing is exceptional."

Everton 0-1 Manchester United

David Moyes : "We took a chance by playing a strong side against Chelsea, to try to get through in the Cup. I thought that game was the important one at the time and we wanted to do it, but you're always running the risk of losing players through injury. That [Royston Drenthe’s ban] is another reason (it is a risk) - you put people out and they get booked or sent off. That is maybe why when it comes to Premier League managers, they see the league as being the most important thing and sometimes the games in the League Cup come second to it. We didn't and went out with a strong team, but it has sort of backfired on me because I've had somebody sent off and a few injuries from it."

Alex Ferguson: "It was a hard game. We expect a hard game every time we come to Everton, in fairness. The crowd get behind them and they show great enthusiasm. In the first half in particular we played very, very well. Second half we defended well and that was the pleasing aspect for me. Winning 1-0 - I'll take half a dozen of those anytime because that's championship form when you get those kind of results.”

Manchester City 3-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Roberto Mancini: "It is impossible to always score four or five goals. I don't know how many chances we had in the first half today, but their goalkeeper saved everything. But in the second half I think we played very well and it was important to beat Wolves today. After the Man United win I don't want us to think that every game will be easy. This does not exist in football, in every game you must give 100 percent because if not, like today, in any moment the game can change."

Mick McCarthy: "[On Wayne Hennessey's outstanding display despite making a mistake to concede the second goal] He was fabulous, some of the saves he made in the first half were just outstanding. He has been brilliant all season and there will be no recriminations from me on his part. But it is another mistake which has let the opposition get the lead, and we had been doing okay."

West Bromwich Albion 0-2 Liverpool

Roy Hodgson: "[On the penalty for the opening goal] It didn't help. I think the ref like the rest of us didn't see anything - but the linesman did and the ref decided to take the linesman's advice... It meant a difficult task became that much more difficult. I don't think we played as well as we have been doing but it would have been nice to have a chance to play at 0-0 for longer. You can do without having to play with that handicap. I don't want to bleat on about it. Sometimes decisions go your way, sometimes they don't but decisions like that affect results. But I'm not blaming the ref totally for our defeat because we didn't do enough to win the game."

Kenny Dalglish: "[On Luis Suarez] I am running out of superlatives to describe him. Luis is a fantastic footballer. For us, there were a lot of excellent performances out there. There was not one player that could be disappointed with their performance. But within the group, there will be people who excel a little bit more than others. For us, it seems to be Luis quite often. [On the penalty award] I'm going to sound like Arsene (Wenger). I never saw it from where I was standing and I haven't seen any replays. I'm not trying to be evasive or duck the question. There was also a big appeal from our lads for a handball (by Steven Reid) that we never got."

Wigan Athletic 0-2 Fulham

Roberto Martinez: "I was delighted with the performance but it was a day when the result was very, very important because of the run of negative results that we've had... You look at all the stats after the game and, from restricting Fulham to one corner, to maybe four shots, to lose 2-0 with the amount we created in the last third is disappointing. From a tactical and technical point of view, it will be difficult to explain the result, but I think it's quite clear emotionally and at the moment we're in, we don't have any momentum and we're getting heavily punished."

Martin Jol: "It was totally different from the other games this season. Everybody felt we were in the wrong position (in the table), and Wigan have probably learned the same lesson that we have learned, that if you don't score then you don't get the points. It was the same situation we had last week. They could have scored, then on the break we scored our goal. In the 89th minute we could have scored a winner twice, then Everton scored. That was an awful feeling and Wigan probably have the same feeling today."

Swansea City 3-1 Bolton Wanderers

Brendan Rodgers: "That was a terrific performance against an established side, but the most impressive thing today was how we managed the pressure. We spoke in the week that in every game you will have moments, no matter how comfortable you are, where you have to manage the game. Last week we failed to do it and drew 2-2, but this week when Danny scored the own-goal to put them to 2-1 you then saw the difference in the team... We scored three and we could have had more so it is very satisfying."

Owen Coyle: "Our job is to get on the training ground, work hard and get up and running, and get that win that kick-starts you. If you get two back to back you are flying up the league and that's what you need to do. I know we have good players. We have about five missing which doesn't help, but the bottom line is the players we have fit and available are good enough to win games. [On Ricardo Gardner's sending off for two yellow cards] It felt like two soft yellow cards, but that's the nature of the game now. But having said that, (Neil) Taylor in the first half clearly pulled Mark Davies back and it went unpunished. I think ultimately we want a bit of consistency in the game."

Sunderland 2-2 Aston Villa

Steve Bruce: "[On substitute goalkeeper Kieran Westwood saving from Darren Bent] Westy has saved us all. He has trained fantastically for weeks and weeks to get his chance and he has pulled off a great save... A draw was a fair result. We edged the first half and Villa changed their system a little bit and edged the second. We have shown great spirit and resilience to get a result. Villa have good pace with (Gabriel) Agbonlahor, Bent and (Charles) N'Zogbia and it's not often get something when you're 2-1 down with three minutes to go."

Alex McLeish: "[On Darren Bent's late miss] Darren will be agonising over it as all good players do. He will be wondering if he should have hit it harder or higher and he's the one who will decide. As all good players do, they look back on their good moments and the moments that didn't quite work out... It's frustrating to take the lead so late in the game in what was a pretty controlled performance from us. We played well and to lose a goal so late was disappointing."

Norwich City 3-3 Blackburn Rovers

Paul Lambert: "I have been here for two-and-a-half years now, and from day one it has been like that - we never give up. We have got a good side and a great spirit and desire to try to win games. [On the penalty incident] In the first five games of the season with the penalty decisions against us, we never got a break from that, so I am delighted to get it. We have had some really bad decisions and sometimes you need a little bit of good fortune."

Steve Kean: "It feels like a defeat because a decision like that in five minutes of stoppage time is very hard to take. I have looked at the penalty decision from a few angles and Steven was fouled at the back post and is appealing for a free-kick and the ball drops behind his shoulder and hits the top of his arm. I don't think there was any intent and we feel as it if was a foul. For us to do so well and to have the game in the palm of our hands, it is tough to take... In a couple of days when we reflect on it, we will feel as if we have done enough to win this and now just have to keep going."

Reuters

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