Premier League - Managers: Villas Boas claims 'Spurs controlled game'

Managerial reaction from the day's Premier League matches, with Andre Villas-Boas claiming Tottenham "controlled" the match in a 5-2 defeat to Arsenal.

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Tottenham Hotspur's Manager Andre Villas-Boas looks dejected during the 5-2 to defeat to Arsenal

Norwich City 1-0 Manchester United

Chris Hughton: "It is a great feeling because it is Manchester United, but it is still about three points. We had a few good performances at the start of the season where we did not get the points from our performances, so it was so vital we can pick up points. We have proved we can do, but we have to play our game at that level, because if we fall below that, then we can get beat. If we do that, it will give us a chance."

Sir Alex Ferguson: "Norwich deserved their win because they worked so hard for it, although we had a lot of possession and one or two half chances. We didn't create enough great chances. It just wasn't our night. Their goal was a marvellous cross and a great touch for the header. There was nothing our keeper could do about that. So you have to give credit to Norwich because they battled well, and their goalkeeper had a good night as well, so it is disappointing."

Arsenal 5-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Arsene Wenger: "In the second half we were in control but a bit nervous. You could see the confidence was not completely there. I hope this result will help us to get a step higher on that level. I think Tottenham started very well yes, but the game changed with the sending off. But if our opponents are in control from the first minute to the last and we win 5-2, I don't mind too much."

Andre Villas-Boas: "I think we played very well. I think we controlled the game from the first minute to the last. (Emmanuel Adebayor) went into the challenge not to harm Santi Cazorla. Cazorla is quick, he reacted, he took the ball away before Ade's feet met his foot and the ref has to make a decision and he decided for the red card. We understand that it could've been any other player on any other day. This is football and challenges like this happen."

Liverpool 3-0 Wigan Athletic

Brendan Rodgers: "Luis (Suarez) is a very big part of the team. His first goal was a wonderful finish with a great weight of pass from young Raheem (Sterling). He finished it great and for the second one there was a lovely pass from Enrique and a nice little off-the-shoulder run and finish. He is a master marksman, absolutely outstanding, and we are thrilled to have him."

Roberto Martinez: "It is a broken leg (for Ben Watson) and we are going to miss him. He has a fracture and we are going to assess him now because maybe he will require surgery. We will see what the extent of the breakage is and what treatment he needs. We are really disappointed because he was at a good level."

Manchester City 5-0 Aston Villa

Roberto Mancini: "In the first half we played well created a lot of chances but we were too soft when we had chances to score. But we played well and this is the most important thing. In the last two games I think we changed something. In our mind we found a good spirit, like last year. For us it is very important we start to play well and in the last two games we have scored six goals with our strikers. I think we have been missing their goals."

Paul Lambert: "That's never a handball. What the linesman saw there I do not know. You have got to be 100% sure to give that and he saw something I think 50,000 other people never saw. We, as managers, are always hauled up - but that is a woeful decision. I haven't clue what he saw. It might not have changed the game but we certainly had a foothold in it."

Newcastle United 1-2 Swansea City

Alan Pardew: "You have to understand that in a managerial career at any football club, you are going to have some times when things don't go for you. Now we have had a week where it really has conspired against us in a lot of ways. Jonas was so close. We were deciding on whether to play him and we felt with the injury he had, it was too risky, so he was very, very close. Then we had Papiss (Cisse) taken away from us, we had Shola [Ameobi] only arriving [Friday] afternoon [from international duty with Nigeria], so we had a lot of things that didn't work for us this week."

Michael Laudrup: "It was the best away performance this season, including QPR and Liverpool. To come here and play Newcastle at a moment when we knew Newcastle really needed a win because they think they belong much higher than they are now after a home loss to West Ham a week ago, we knew it would be really difficult for us. But we put on a great performance. We can always discuss what is a big goal chance but without my Swansea glasses, I think I can say we created at least eight or nine quite big chances and that's very difficult to do as an away team against a team like Newcastle's."

Queens Park Rangers 1-3 Southampton

Mark Hughes: "Yes, without a shadow of a doubt (it was the worst performance in his time as QPR boss). There was not that intensity. We weren't on the front foot, we weren't anticipating anything, we weren't aggressive enough. All the fundamentals that you need to build a performance [were not there]. Maybe the anxiety of the significance of the game filtered through to them but, come on, the vast majority of them are very experienced. It shouldn't affect them in that manner and it surprised me that possibly it did."

Nigel Adkins: "It was a good performance from us again and it culminated in the three points we were after. I think it shows a good growing maturity about the players as well. We've come away from home and picked up three good points. You're in the Premier League and every game brings its own pressures, its own demands. We're after winning games of football. We're after developing the players. You could see again that we have players that are maturing all the time. There were some really good performances."

Reading 2-1 Everton

Brian McDermott: "Everyone was saying `You haven't won, you haven't won' and that can play on people's minds and I obviously know that. But all you can do is concentrate on playing the game, enjoying the games and then the results will come because I know with the group we have got there was never any fear that they couldn't do it. Obviously it is a relief, I'm just so pleased for the players, that has been coming for quite some time. Certainly as the manager it (the winless streak) is not relevant, all that is relevant is the points you have got on the board."

David Moyes: "I'm not angry with the referee, he should have given a penalty in the first half...but he doesn't give it. I'm more angry with my team because we should have scored and it is up to us to do it. We didn't punish them and left the door slightly ajar for them to come in and they did do. I think certainly we should have had one penalty kick, I have got no problem with the Seamus Coleman one, it is a definite penalty for Reading."

West Bromwich Albion 2-1 Chelsea

Steve Clarke: "Can we think of the Champions League? I don't look that far ahead, I look from game to game. It is a great time to be at the club and if the supporters want to dream a bit, they can. But within the camp, we will keep our feet on the ground. I've run out of words to describe (Shane Long's) performances this season. Shane produced another fantastic performance in what has been a difficult week for him (after the death of his grandmother). He wanted to play. He is going back to Ireland to be with his family for the next two or three days."

Roberto Di Matteo: "It is a ground we find difficult, last season when we lost here, and now this season again. We know they are very good at home. But giving away goals like we did makes if difficult to win the game. You have to score three goals to win then and our defending was very poor. We didn't concede many chances but, the ones we did, we had to do better."

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