Premier League - Managers: Hodgson won’t gloat

Sun, 03 Apr 08:42:00 2011

Managerial reaction from the day’s Premier League matches, with West Brom boss Roy Hodgson refusing to gloat after the win over Liverpool.

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Arsenal 0-0 Blackburn

Arsene Wenger: "It was a frustrating performance because we had no pace in our game. Overall it was a flat performance with a lack of energy level, a lack of sharpness. It was quite a big concern to see what we have seen today. It is difficult to identify one special thing. We have to focus on our performance, not on Manchester United. Before we speak about the title I believe we have to come back to a good level of performance."

Steve Kean: "I think what we showed today is the spirit. We're showing commitment, we're showing togetherness. We showed how much we wanted to get something from the game. When you go down to 10 men you're thinking 'is this going to be a turning point?' but I thought we deserved at least a point."

West Brom 2-1 Liverpool

Roy Hodgson: "I get no extra pleasure from beating Liverpool. I made a lot of friends when I was at Liverpool. The players, I have a lot of time and respect for, and the coaching staff, many of them worked with me and worked very loyally. I don't take any particular pleasure in that. The great pleasure I take is beating Liverpool because it is not something West Brom do very often."

Kenny Dalglish: "We lost Steven Gerrard on Friday in training. It was innocuous as the two lads' injuries were here which both did when running. Dan Agger has done the tendon behind his knee and Glen Johnson looks like he has damaged his muscle (in his leg). Steven was training, ready to be available, then innocuously tried to turn with the ball, and he felt a sharp pain. It is the same area of his groin but not the same thing. We will get him assessed and at the end of the week we will know better about everyone."

Stoke 1-1 Chelsea

Tony Pulis: "It was a great start and Jon (Walters) scored a great goal but we sat back and gave them the impetus and in the last 20 minutes of the first half they showed what a great team they are. We had too many players after we scored sitting back and watching them pass it around. In the second half we pushed on to them with better quality balls up to Kenwyne Jones and got more bodies up there and it made for an entertaining game. We had the chances to win it but Chelsea are a great side with great players and you have to give them credit. They have a massive Champions League game against Manchester United on Wednesday and I thought their attitude was first class. You have to give them and their manager full credit because that was a tough game for us."

Carlo Ancelotti: "We did our best. It was a good result because Stoke had opportunities. They could have won, we could have won. It was exciting. We have to continue to do our best. The gap was not easy before this game and now it is more difficult but we have to think game by game."

Newcastle 4-1 Wolves

Alan Pardew: "If you work for the football club here in Newcastle, football up here is a religion to some people, it really is taken that seriously. Everywhere we went, we were reminded of how important this fixture was. It wasn't lost on the dressing room, rest assured of that, and we made sure we won the game. The performance at Stoke just started ringing a few alarm bells. But it was a one-off game at Stoke. It didn't go for us, it didn't work out, but we were back to what we are about here."

Mick McCarthy: "You saw the Keystone Cops goal we conceded, the first one. It was really poor. We know Kevin Nolan runs on - it's a good finish when he gets it, but come on, if that happened on Sunday morning when we were watching our kids, you wouldn't be happy about it."

Everton 2-2 Aston Villa

David Moyes: "The angle the ball came back off the bar made me think it must be close. It is a hard call for the referee and the linesman but I thought they would have picked up on the angle of the ball coming off the crossbar. It was a double whammy because within 10 seconds were 2-1 down - but that was down to us, not the referee. It was a poor decision - that is why we have been championing goal-line technology."

Gerard Houllier: "It is always difficult to get a point at Everton, it is not an easy place to play. I felt we fought hard enough to get the three points because we came back after making a mistake in the first half. We showed more competitiveness. I would say it is two points lost because we were in a winning position in the game but in terms of attitude, it was a hard-fought point and we deserved that, minimum."

Birmingham 2-1 Bolton

Alex McLeish: "It was a game we felt we really had to win. I don't like to use that term 'must-win' because what if you don't? Do you throw the towel in? But it was a big, big result for us. When everyone knows that to win will be a big, big result, it heaps the pressure on, but they have responded magnificently. (Ben Foster) had a brilliant game. Ben is not going to keep everything out for us during a whole season but today he certainly helped us to get two points that we may have lost."

Owen Coyle: "I think Birmingham started the game far better than us and we are certainly disappointed with the first goal we lost. But we did and if the truth be told, I think for 20 minutes they then controlled that first period. After that in the first half it was all us and they were playing on the counter-attack, but Foster was outstanding. He made two particularly outstanding saves from Daniel Sturridge in the first half, but that is why he is a top-class international goalkeeper - he is there to make those saves."

Wigan 0-0 Tottenham

Roberto Martinez: "I could not be more proud of my players than I am. We showed how much we have improved and how far we have come. I felt that off the ball we were outstanding. My players were tactically fantastic. The whole team kept Spurs very quiet and I felt we edged a very good game of football. It was just a pity that we couldn't get the goal that would have given us the three points this performance deserved. It is a also a shame the season is not starting now for us."

Harry Redknapp: "Gareth Bale is okay, he has got a chance. He should be fit for the game. As for William Gallas he is struggling. Unless there is a big improvement in his knee I doubt if he will be fit."

West Ham 2-4 Manchester United

Avram Grant: "I don't want to talk about the referee. In the second half, they had nothing to lose. But we have given them too much space. There were a lot of positive things. We wanted to win and did everything very good in the first half. But footballers need to complete two halves."

Alex Ferguson: "We played like champions. It was a real championship performance as far as I'm concerned. I said to them at half-time, 'Look, goal difference doesn't matter now - you're getting something from this game The next goal wins the game'. That's why I put Ryan (Giggs) back to left-back to have a go and just attack. It paid dividends and I'm pleased with that."

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