Premier League - Managers: Harry 'amazed' at lack of technology

Sun, 01 May 09:42:00 2011

Managerial reaction from around the Premier League, with Harry Redknapp calling for video technology.

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Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Harry Redknapp: "The first one wasn't over the line and the second I thought was offside. That [the first goal] changed the game. The linesman's made a mistake - an honest mistake. He's had an honest guess, but he's guessed wrong.

"It's the most difficult thing in the world to see from where he was - he was probably on the 18-yard box when the ball dropped on the line, and he's given what he thought was the right decision. But technology's got to come in. That took seconds to see it, five seconds just to go, 'Yes it's a goal; no it's not a goal'. You get a fair decision, the game moves on. I don't see why we're still messing around after all these years and haven't got technology in the game. It's amazing."

Carlo Ancelotti: "Unfortunately the referee does not have a television and I think technology for the goal could be a good decision. It was not an easy decision, in my opinion."

Blackburn Rovers 1-0 Bolton Wanderers

Steve Kean: "I thought we performed with a lot of attitude and spirit and togetherness. Today there wasn't a want for the points, there was a need which is a very different emotion. You could feel it in the dressing room. The lads had a focus and I thought they gave an outstanding and professional performance. They gave me every single thing I asked for before the game and more. Martin Olsson I thought was the match-winner today. He matched up against (David) Wheater and we felt if we could give the ball to Martin he could use his pace and his penetration."

Owen Coyle: "I'm frustrated. I felt the application the lads put in was terrific given again we were decimated by injury and really had a makeshift team. We started the game well and probably could and should have scored (when Rodrigo Moreno hit a post) and then we've shot ourselves in the foot with the goal we've lost. I think a lot of them acquitted themselves very well in terms of the effort, both physically and mentally, they had to give given how big the last couple of weeks have been for them and coming off a tough midweek game as well."

Blackpool 0-0 Stoke City

Ian Holloway: "When we watched Stoke (win 3-0) against Wolves in the week, we thought 'oh dear, they are in fine form', so I think this proves that we have come out of our doldrums. We have taken on a really good side at our place and kept a clean sheet. Their defence was slightly better than our attacking options today, so well done to them for nullifying us. We've lost a record (scoring in every home game), but we've gained something - we've kept a clean sheet in the Premier League at home."

Tony Pulis on Kenwyne Jones's missed open goal: "Great strikers score great goals, but they do miss chances - and chances as easy as that. But he has been fantastic for us and there will be no problems with him. Obviously it would have given us a great lift going in at half-time, but we also had opportunities in the second half which, on another day, could have dropped for us. Glenn Whelan had a couple of opportunities which I thought were very close."

Wigan Athletic 1-1 Everton

Roberto Martinez on Hugo Rodallega conceding a late penalty: "Hugo is devastated, as you can imagine. Those are incidents that happen. Prior to that he had made three great actions at corners, defending with great aggression. Hugo has won so many points for us and will carry on winning points for us. That is the nature of the game and we will support him. It is disappointing because we couldn't get the three points but we knew it was going to be a very difficult game."

Steve Round: "It was a struggle. We were playing against a team that are fighting for their lives. It was always going to be tough, they were always going to go all out to win. It was important we tried to stay in the game, control it and take our chances when they came. Unfortunately we missed a couple of chances and missed a penalty and we thought it was going to be one of those days. But credit to the lads, they showed great resolve and resilience, as Everton do."

West Bromwich Albion 2-1 Aston Villa

Roy Hodgson: "From a selfish viewpoint, I'm going to have a wonderful weekend. It's a fantastic feeling with three games to go to have achieved our major goal of keeping West Brom in the Premier League. It means we get successive seasons at least and I'm rather hoping we will be able to build on the foundations we've laid this year. Hopefully we can find a team that can stay there year after year and not consistently have to bounce back from relegation."

Gary McAllister: "It was not necessarily an end of season performance. I just feel it was an opportunity to grasp three points away from home against a local rival. We got ourselves in front. The first goal was a poor goal to concede and an unneeded challenge, then we didn't defend the set-piece. Then when West Brom went down to 10 men it was a great chance for us. We stuck in a lot of offensive players with skill, pace and guile but we couldn't break down West Brom - and then we got done with a sucker punch."

Sunderland 0-3 Fulham

Mark Hughes: "I wasn't too happy with the first-half performance. We were 1-0 to the good but we understood we needed to play better in the second half to ensure we took the game away from Sunderland. Thankfully we did and we saw the game out very comfortably. Obviously the second goal was key from our point of view and I never felt under pressure that we were going to lose the game. We haven't had that many wins on the road and sometimes you can be a little bit apprehensive and try to protect what you've got."

Steve Bruce: "Certainly from the midfield areas, Jordan (Henderson) scored two last week and he's had a great chance, (Lee) Cattermole has had a great chance, I think Steed (Malbranque) has had two. We needed to give ourselves that cushion and unfortunately the goals we gave away were horrific. Then we were chasing it and we didn't really have anything to chase with and it became one of those horrible afternoons. We have to accept it and move on. It's certainly desperation stakes when you're putting someone like Nedum Onuoha up front but it is what it is unfortunately."


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