Premier League - Managers: QPR fury at Barton red

Mon, 02 Jan 18:52:00 2012

Managerial reaction from the day's Premier League games, with QPR raging at Joey Barton's red card against Norwich.

2012 QPR-Norwich Neil Warnock - 0

QPR 1-2 Norwich City

Neil Warnock: "(Bradley Johnson) has not been headbutted at all, not in a million years. The movement of him going backwards has conned the referee. To go back like he did was a disgrace. It's getting a fellow pro sent off. I think he should be done (punished). Joey could have avoided the situation, but it doesn't warrant the reaction from Johnson. I think we have been mugged. The ref has not even seen it ... I have not got any confidence in the appeals procedure."

Joey Barton (on Twitter): "Well, feel for the officials, they've been conned. Admitted to me at HT they never saw it. I was pulled back 1st, then kicked 2nd. Linesman definitely never saw it, all he seen was Johnsons reaction. My head dosent move forward at all. Ridiculous decision seen 25 replays. I'd be 1st to apologise if I'd reacted. Cannot apologise as I know I've not head butted anyone. Disappointed for the lads and the fans."

Paul Lambert: "I thought the lads deserved to win the game. We started really well and got a foothold, then QPR scored against the run of play, but we kept on going. It is relentless, but we have coped brilliantly to this time. The lads have been great, they seem a really close group and we are all in together. We will take one game at a time now, and if this club survives in its first year, it will be monumental for us."

QPR 1 Norwich 2

Fulham 2-1 Arsenal

Martin Jol: "I am relieved after any game when we get the points on the board and against a top side like Arsenal. We did it before against Liverpool and Chelsea so we have some players with excellent quality who can make the difference as you saw. We didn't play particularly well in the first 25 minutes. We played a bit differently in central midfield, we tried to screen and play zonally. After that we matched them up in midfield and that gave them a problem."

Arsene Wenger: "The first yellow (for Djourou), I felt the referee got all wrong. And a penalty was not given to Gervinho - I do not know why it was not given. It was a difficult game and after we went down to 10 men... we wanted to keep the score maybe too much and in the end when we were down to 10 there were tired legs. We have to cope but it's difficult to lose a game like that today."

Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-2 Chelsea

Mick McCarthy: "I had a proper snarl at the players because that defending (for Frank Lampard's winner) was not acceptable. It was tough to take. I am livid we conceded a goal in that way. We should have defended the situation. We worked hard to turn things around and when you get back to 1-1, you have to make sure you hold onto what you have got. Whether Frank was on the pitch is irrelevant if we had defended properly. Let everyone else decide that (whether he should have been sent off). I'm not interested. If Frank says he is lucky not to be sent off, then bully for him."

Andre Villas-Boas: "(The first goal celebration, when a number of players went over to Villas-Boas) is just part of them showing the unity of the team and what the team have been doing. I think after the recent happenings in the home fixtures, where we lost points, it is normal for stories to come out, speculation about untrue things going on. I didn't know the celebration was coming. If you (the media) like to be speculative, that's your choice, but if you take that route, you're not being correct."

Blackburn Rovers 1-2 Stoke City

Steve Kean: "I thought the fans were excellent today and I'm delighted because it's a young team that we've got, and if they can get that feel-good factor and confidence to get on the ball (then results can improve). I think the fans certainly came to the ground positive, even at 2-0 they stayed with us, and it's such a big help. I can only applaud them for that."

Tony Pulis: "I thought the Blackburn supporters were brilliant today. They stuck with their team all the way through, and they need to do that. If they've got problems with Steve or the owners, then do it in other ways, don't turn up to a game and take it out on the manager and the people who run the football club because it has an effect on the players."

Aston Villa 0-2 Swansea City

Alex McLeish: "It was unbelievable - frightening that after such a good performance at the weekend and with confidence and morale so high, we go and shoot ourselves in the foot. I thought in fact that we started quite brightly, but then we started to make passes to the side and back and it was a (failed) pass back which cost us. You can't give goals like that away - that is first and foremost. But we never really had the inspiration in the forward areas that we had at the weekend."

Brendan Rodgers: "It was a wonderful performance and result for us to come to a place like Aston Villa, where Swansea have never won. I thought my players were brilliant. We scored two goals and could have had a few more. Everything that is good in our game was evident - the intelligence of our pressure and some of our passing and interchange was exceptional. It was thoroughly deserved and I am delighted for the players and supporters."


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