Managers: Dalglish rages at ref

Managerial reaction from around the Premier League, with Liverpool's Kenny Dalglish going potty about referee Michael Oliver.


Liverpool 1-1 Aston Villa

Kenny Dalglish on Michael Oliver's non-award of a penalty against Eric Lichaj: "I have never heard of a penalty not being given by a referee who said the boy was unlucky - what chance have we got? He didn't give it but he said to Dirk Kuyt the boy was unlucky. I can only tell you what they were saying in the dressing room - don't ask me to justify it. When you consider the penalty was refused because the opponent was unlucky, it just doesn't add up. Dirk takes it on his chest to go past him, the guy knows he has missed it and he has (spread) his arms and he (Oliver) said he was unlucky - I think Dirk Kuyt is unlucky. Even Suarez's booking, the guy has trodden on him and it is a joke. You can imagine the headlines - he got booked for diving and the guy (Stephen Ireland) has actually trodden on him and he is lucky he has not broken his foot."

Alex McLeish: "I've not seen the (penalty claims). I know the one in the first half they claimed for, my IT guy gave me a report that it wasn't a penalty. We are aggrieved about the penalties we have not had this season. It is difficult to know what is deliberate [handball] and what is not, it is a grey area. The boys are disappointed they capitulated but the first-half performance was great."

Chelsea 2-1 Wigan Athletic

Roberto Di Matteo: "I think that Wigan were really unlucky today not to get something out of this game. Because they played very well, they put a great performance in today. After you play a midweek game in the Champions League, there's always a concern that you might have a little hangover for the weekend game. And even though I tried to make a number of changes for today's game to energise the team, I think the first half, we didn't really get into the game."

Roberto Martinez (on Chelsea's offside goal): "If I speak with them, it will be a waste of time. Unfortunately, we have had too many times this season when it's not about matter of opinions, it's about clear calls that have been against us. I don't want to go into the debate that it's very easy to referee against little Wigan but, unfortunately, I believe this is the best league in the world and we should get better decisions than that. The sending-off at Old Trafford that was rescinded, that was an incredible decision. The corner kick that was never taken against Blackburn. And, last year, we came here and Fernando Torres impeded Ali Al Habsi and it was a goal. It's happened too many times."

Sunderland 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur

Martin O'Neill: "The news is coming through that Tottenham are a bit frustrated, but we had to play strong. We don't have the same resources at this stage of our development. It's interesting because last week at White Hart Lane I felt Harry started out in a manner to stop Swansea playing. He would have known it was going to be tough here today."

Harry Redknapp: "You've seen teams get in positions where the pressure gets to them but I think we're quite a laid-back bunch and will just get on with it. I don't think the players get as uptight as I do or the punters do. We're in a great position and I think we're still in the box-seat. It will come down to who plays best."

West Bromwich Albion 3-0 Blackburn Rovers

Roy Hodgson: "The vacancy with England, as far as I'm concerned, has nothing to do with me basically. I'm obliged to answer questions occasionally like any other Englishman who happens to be working in football, but it has got nothing to do with me as far as I know. Would I sign a contract here before the England situation is sorted? Why not. It wouldn't matter. You could quite easily sign contracts and have clauses put in if someone else wants you, or you can have compensation terms agreed."

Steve Kean: "I've always said there will be lots of twists and turns in the battle to stay up, but we've got to look at ourselves in the first half of this game. We were slow, had no intensity or momentum in the game. The second half was much better for 25 minutes and then we finished the game poorly. We felt aggrieved we didn't score in the period we had possession and all the chances, but there are twists and turns and the other results worked for us today."

Norwich City 2-2 Everton

Paul Lambert on Johnny Howson: "It was one of the best midfield performances I've ever seen. I couldn't pass it like him. At times he passed it like Iniesta. He's an all-rounder and I'm delighted with his contribution. It was a brilliant game, as good as I've seen in my time here. Considering the calibre of the team we were playing against, it was a brilliant display."

David Moyes: "(Nikica) Jelavic scored two really good goals. He's come in and made a big difference to us. We've been needing that type of centre-forward - somebody who can score, lead the line and threaten the opposition and he's certainly been doing that. He's a steely character with real presence and he sees scoring as part of his job."

Bolton Wanderers 0-3 Fulham

Owen Coyle: "It is disappointing because of how we came into the game, and being at home, looking to make it four wins on the bounce. With the way other results went today we had a chance to open up a bit of a gap, so all in all, it is disappointing."

Martin Jol on Clint Dempsey: "It would probably have been his first hat-trick away from home - but he will always be on the end of things, like he was for second goal. He is eager to score - (Pavel Pogrebnyak) was not there, Andy Johnson was not there, so he was the only solution for us. If you consider that he scored most of his goals from a wide position, that is quite amazing."

Stoke 2-1 Wolves

Tony Pulis: "We've played better than what we've done today, but I still think we deserved to win." On Peter Crouch's England ambitions: "'I'd definitely take Peter to the Euros because he's a game changer and I don't think foreign sides like playing against Peter. We found that in Europe. He gives you that aerial presence. Whoever is picking the team, and we don't know who that is yet, but Peter is a game changer and you need them in your side."

Terry Connor: "It's hard to take. I thought we played really well and deserved to take something from the game. We've done well in the last three games. We've taken the lead three times and not been able to see it through. With all the preparation we do it's hard not to see it through." On speculation that he is about to be replaced: "I don't pay any attention to it. Paul Ince hasn't worked at this club for a number of years. I'm in charge and I've got a job to do... It's been a tremendous challenge. It's been an honour and a privilege to manage Wolves. I just wish I could get some results for the fans of this club."

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