Managers: Rodgers blames referee for Liverpool loss

Managerial reaction to Saturday's Premier League games, with Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers ruing bad refereeing decisions and bad luck.

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers reacts during their English Premier League soccer match against Manchester United at Anfield in Liverpool, northern England September 23, 2012 (Reuters)

Liverpool 1-2 Manchester United - Match report

Brendan Rodgers: "I'm bitterly disappointed with the result - I thought the best team lost. What we could control, I thought the players and the performance level was outstanding. What you can't control is decisions by the referee. We're bitterly disappointed it didn't go our way today, but performance wise I thought the players were outstanding. We dominated the majority of the game, even with 10 men, but it didn't go our way."

Sir Alex Ferguson: "I thought we were poor, to be honest. I think the last four years we've allowed the crowd to get to us a little bit - they give fantastic support to their team and they really dominated the first half. Second half they got a great start. With ten men I thought that was a great boost to them because it was something to hold on to, but credit to the players in that respect; the second half we played much, much better, but we were against ten men. I think Scholes, Carrick and Giggs' experience got us through."

UK web users can see again the controversial incidents in the Liverpool v Manchester United clash in the video which should autoplay above.

Newcastle United 1-0 Norwich - Match report

Alan Pardew: "I think the importance of the game wasn't lost on the team. That's probably why in the second half we sat back a little bit. Three points was everything today. [The Demba Ba comments about his future at the club] all got blown out of proportion - I spoke to his agent and he was misquoted, but I also think Demba is a player who is going to have to be rested now and again - he can't play every game, but sometimes - we've got to protect him and we've got God knows how many games still to play."

Chris Hughton: "It was always one that I was looking forward to. The reception was excellent and I was absolutely delighted with that. What I wanted it to be was an even better day, and an even better day would have been for us to get a result that I think, on the balance of play as the away team, we probably deserved."

Manchester City 1-1 Arsenal - Match report

Roberto Mancini: "I'm very sorry today for the players because it was difficult after Madrid but I'm worried because we conceded a goal. We need to improve and we need to work. In the last four games we've conceded three goals from set-pieces. This can't happen. I'm frustrated but the players are frustrated about this. If you want to win, clean sheets are important. What we did has finished, it's history. Now we are like all the other teams and I don't like that we drew three games. Probably we're missing two points, from the game against Stoke maybe."

Arsene Wenger: "I'm pleased as well with the quality of our performance and our spirit. I'm a bit frustrated because I feel there was room to do more. We had early chances and of course very late chances, especially the chance of Gervinho at the edge of the box where we missed the target. But overall I hope the game will reinforce our belief, our confidence and reassure us about our potential in this league."

Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 QPR - Match report

Andre Villas-Boas: "We have wanted this home win for some time but for whatever reason it has escaped us. It's an important win for the team. We wanted to repay the fans for the trust they have put in us so that's why everyone felt emotional at the end."

Mark Hughes: "We’re scratching our heads somewhat as to how we didn’t get something out of the game. I thought our performance from start to finish was excellent. We were outstanding in the first half and totally dominated. They had to change things around at half-time and changed their shape. We gave them a little bit of a helping hand with the own goal, but we’re very disappointed with the referee in regard to the second goal."

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