Premier League - Managers: Pulis blasts Chelsea 'divers'

Managerial reaction to Saturday's Premier League games, with Stoke boss Tony Pulis bemoaning the playacting by some Chelsea players.

Premier League - Managers: Pulis blasts Chelsea 'divers'

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Chelsea's Oscar is tackled by Stoke City's Ryan Shawcross

Chelsea 1-0 Stoke City

Roberto Di Matteo: "It was a strong tackle (from David Luiz on Jon Walters). Fortunately he did not catch the player fully, because I think he could have hurt him. But we accept the referee's decision and we move on from that."

Tony Pulis: "That (diving) is a bugbear with me. When players do that, they should be highlighted. There are one or two players in the Premiership now who people know will go down very easily. Forget what they are doing in Europe, this is England. This is our game and people like that should be highlighted. Ivanovic's fall... Oscar went over a couple of times, it just puts enormous pressure and I thought [the ref] did well in not submitting to the pressure of those decisions."

Swansea City 0-3 Everton

Michael Laudrup: "I have to say Everton deserved the win, they were better than us. We were disappointing in the first 30 minutes and we gave away a lot of fouls, they had five or six free-kicks in the first 10 minutes and we played too slow and the first 30 minutes laid the ground work for the defeat. We can learn from this. We were 2-0 down and had a good reaction, but the first 30 minutes was very disappointing, the worst we have been this season until now."

David Moyes: "It was great to hear the fans singing that ("We're going to win the league!") as we have not heard it often at Everton. If we had won midweek against Newcastle as we should have done, we could have been mixing it with the big boys, which we are still doing and we want to be doing at the end of the season. We have finished a lot of seasons strongly and the one year we got off to a good start we qualified for the Champions League and we have to do that if we can. We will probably finish where most people would predict and we will try and do that and we will do better if we can."

Southampton 4-1 Aston Villa

Nigel Adkins: "The players have done ever so well, it's a great victory for us, especially as we've gone 1-0 down," the 47-year-old told reporters. "We responded in the right manner, there's a lot of belief at Southampton. We've just had two back-to-back promotions, we're in the Premier League now, we know it's going to be challenging we know there is going to be a lot of pressure all over the place. We embrace that challenge because this is where we want to be.

Paul Lambert: "They shouldn't [have a problem with conceding], they've gone down before in games. You're still well in the game at 2-1 down. The first-half I thought we were really fine, the second-half we had too much running to do and you can't defend that deep and expect to get away with it."

Wigan Athletic 1-2 Fulham

Roberto Martinez: "It was a really open game with a lot of chances - something we can't be happy about. When you get so many, whoever is going to take them is going to win. We had our chances and we didn't take them. We want to win games at home and to do that you need more defensive intensity. Overall we need to be better. Now it is time to open the competition, I think the competition is now open for places."

Martin Jol: "It is nice to get three points on the board. They are a difficult team. It was pleasing to see us taking the initiative. We needed that [second] goal as they scored in added time. You can't complain because they are a good football team, they deserved a goal too. One of the reasons that I played him [Hugo Rodallega] was because it was against his former team and he had extra motivation to score against his old club."

West Bromwich Albion 1-0 Reading

Steve Clarke: "Last week's 3-0 defeat at Fulham was our worst performance of the season but we have started well at home and we came into this game confident but respectful of Reading. We just kept plugging away, it was always going to be a tight game. You could see halfway through that it might be a first goal wins it type of game and eventually we stuck one away."

Brian McDermott: "We felt the game was drifting towards 0-0 and it was always going to be a case of one goal making the difference and they scored it. We were better than we were against Spurs and we felt we should have got something but this league is unforgiving. We have to move on quickly, which always do. We just need to stick together, which we have done for a long time. The players have been successful in the past and they will be again."

West Ham United 1-1 Sunderland

Sam Allardyce: "In terms of play and chances we created enough to get back into the game. We had pinned them back and were waiting for the quality of finish, which came in injury time. Even in the dressing room the lads are disappointed we didn't win considering the attempts on goal we had."

Martin O'Neill: "We are frustrated with the late equaliser in terms of the way it was conceded and the timing. We defended manfully but I thought we could have won. We had some good chances on the break. Overall, it was a tough game. We knew it would be and so it proved."

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