Premier League - Managers: Wenger tired of insults

Sun, 07 Nov 20:36:00 2010

Managerial reaction from the Premier League, with Arsene Wenger refusing to answer questions about his private life.

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Arsenal 0-1 Newcastle

Arsene Wenger (when asked to discuss tabloid allegations about his private life): "I arrived 14 years ago and you know what happened and I promised myself I would never comment anymore, because for 14 years I have been insulted everywhere in England, and never with any truth. I promised myself I would never speak about my private life anymore. " (On Lukasz Fabianski): "He didn't have a lot to do and I think he was a bit too confident to take this ball. It was not a technical mistake, it was a problem of timing and he thought maybe he wouldn't be challenged."

Chris Hughton (when asked whether he considered leaving out Andy Carroll after he was also the victim of tabloid headlines): "No. To come here and get the result we have, I think we deserve to talk about football matters. I made a selection based on the continuity we have had from the last couple of games. I decided to play two strikers and just felt the confidence they have got from that meant the same group of players deserved another go."

Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea

Roy Hodgson: "I pleased with the performance and I'm pleased Fernando (Torres) will get the plaudits because he's taken his fair share of criticism, some of which has been grossly exaggerated and certainly not fully deserved. When the team is not winning it is hard to defend those things but today people will say he is back to best and let's hope that is the case. One always hopes that playing at this level in the Premier League you have that quality of front player."

Carlo Ancelotti: "He (Torres) scored two fantastic goals and he showed he was fit and has come back from not a good moment. He is a fantastic striker. It was very difficult for us to come back in the second half. We tried and played with strong intensity but Liverpool defensively played very well for 90 minutes. Defensively, all the players played for the team. For this reason, they deserved to win."

West Brom 0-2 Manchester City

Roberto Di Matteo: "I think the referee was in a good position on the (Balotelli) sending-off. My player wasn't happy with the challenge and the official was there.In terms of the second one, for my player, I think there was no doubt about it.

Roberto Mancini: "I absolutely do not agree with the referee about this sending-off. A red card for what? He played a fantastic game, he scored two goals, but the sending off was very strange. I want to know why it was a direct red card. For me this is not correct and the referee must explain."

Manchester United 2-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Sir Alex Ferguson: "We took a gamble with Owen Hargreaves. We thought by doing that it would give us a compact midfield with experience. But he only lasted five minutes. It was a disaster. He has hurt his hamstring, which is unbelievable. It put us under the cosh. Patrice Evra, Paul Scholes and Nemanja Vidic were all feeling under the weather, then we had to bring Bebe on. He has potential but he is learning. What we needed was the patience to open them up because we were playing without a lot of players who can make a difference at that stage of the game. It is unfortunate we didn't get one earlier. Nevertheless, we will take it."

Mick McCarthy: "That was harsh. Everyone knows we deserved something out of it. But we didn't get anything. Nowt. Diddly-squat. I could wax lyrical about the performance but I am not going to. We got nothing from the game. To do that after playing so well at Old Trafford could do some damage to us."

Fulham 1-1 Aston Villa

Mark Hughes: "In the first half I thought we edged the better chances. I was disappointed to concede just before half-time and in the second-half, Villa were able to get people behind the ball and play on the counter and that was always a worry for us. But we kept on going and doing the right things. We didn't ask enough questions in the second-half, in terms of balls into the box, but the one ball we did produce brought us the goal and we are thankful for that. At that late stage you are thinking the game is lost and it has gone beyond you. We got something out of the game so we are pleased. We have got to be pleased with the point."

Gerard Houllier on contract rebel John Carew's accusation of disrespect against the manager: "I think he is stupid. How can he say that? I didn't lack respect to him or anybody. Somebody asked me if it was a good chance for him and I said yes. What do you want me to say? No? I think John is living in the past at the moment. He should look at the figures, how long has he played and how many goals have we scored when he has been playing. I didn't lack respect to him but in doing that, he is lacking respect to me. I don't question his ability. I am not living in the past. We have been very unlucky with him with injury and illness. I know his ability. If he thinks that me saying yes is lacking respect, then I am not going to say sorry. I feel he should focus on the games, we are in difficulty at the moment. We don't get enough points."

Birmingham City 2-2 West Ham United

Alex McLeish: "In the first half there was no penetration from us, we were not a threat but when we went more direct in the second half we caused more problems. West Ham are not a bad side. They have good individuals and Avram is trying to get them playing as a team. For an hour they played well but, when we got at them, we were a different side. Liam (Ridgewell) has had an eye for a goal going back to his youth team days and he's brought that into his time as a senior player. He takes a gamble in following the ball into the box and sometimes gets on the end of things."

Avram Grant: "Harry Redknapp used the word farce about the decisions of a referee and I agree with him. The referee was five metres from the incident when the shirt of Lars was pulled and he did not give a penalty. I'm very disappointed because this is not the first time it has happened to us. Similar things have happened against Wolves, Stoke, Aston Villa, Bolton and Manchester United where decisions have gone against us. What we saw from 50 metres, the referee could see from five metres and he needs to give a penalty. This is a farce. Sometimes you don't see things but this was in front of his eyes. I don't understand why he didn't give a penalty."

Blackpool 2-2 Everton

Ian Holloway: "In general the biggest bugbear I have got is we didn't hold onto the lead long enough, but it is coming. I think the boys are playing so well. If we can keep doing that I think results will come our way. We are looking like a Barclays Premier League team. I thought we were terrific. I was pretty excited about the way we played and we haven't played as well as we have done. We're at the top level and we're starting to look as good as some of the sides we are playing. We need to keep going, but considering what some of our boys are getting paid, it's absolutely remarkable."

David Moyes: "For me it is a big two points dropped. We had enough chances, but you have to credit Blackpool. They dug in and made it hard in the last 10 minutes. I thought we had numerous opportunities in the first half to create goals and I thought we created some clear chances in the second half and didn't take them. We should have seen it off and got all three points. I would have gambled for three (points) today rather than one. But when we gambled, Blackpool did as well. It became end to end."

Bolton Wanderers 4-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Bolton Wanderers: "Kevin Davies ran the game from the first whistle. He dominated the game. If he wasn't scoring he was knocking things on. The great thing about Kevin is he does not have to score goals to contribute to a game but when he does it takes him to another level. He was unplayable. I think it was nice Mr Capello was here. He would have seen Kevin and Gary Cahill, who was outstanding at the back, as well as Fabrice Muamba. It is great to have English players in your team because this is the country in which we operate. It is not for me to tell anyone their job but you see Kevin's performance today and it was outstanding. The reason I took him off was to give him a standing ovation."

Harry Redknapp: "There was nothing wrong with Gareth (Bale) today. He was probably my best player. He had some fantastic runs and crossed a couple of great balls. If people had got on the end of them he could have made two or three goals. I do not expect the kid to keep doing miracles. He will have good days, bad days. He is a young lad, a left winger. He has been fantastic for us and is improving. He will be marked very tight and people will make it very difficult for him. They are not going to stand off him and let him do what he wants to do. That is what he has to cope with."

Sunderland 2-0 Stoke City

Steve Bruce: "It's been a tough week and the one thing I am pleased about is the young players. They were all determined, and they were maybe trying too hard in the first half, to try to make amends if they could. In some eyes we have repaired some damage, in some eyes we won't repair it at all. But thankfully we showed a bit of bottle, we kept a clean sheet and showed what we are made of a little bit in a really difficult week."

Tony Pulis on Lee Cattermole's handball: "The decision was a game-changing decision. That's the sixth in 11 games that we have had given against us. It's handball, everybody will agree it's handball, Cattermole gets sent off, you hope you score the penalty and it's then 11 Stoke City players against 10 Sunderland players with 20 minutes to go. Shawcross doesn't get sent off and it is a completely different game. It's very, very disappointing. You go into games and referees are going to make mistakes, like players do, like every one of us in this room will do. You just hope they don't make game-changing mistakes."

Blackburn Rovers 2-1 Wigan Athletic

Sam Allardyce"We've got a reverse scenario today where we haven't played as well as normal but we've got a win. The difference between Chelsea and us last week was their quality for their two goals and we scored two outstanding goals which made the difference between us and Wigan. Jason (Roberts has) never let us down at all ever since I've been here. While he was disappointed about the chance he missed last week, he gave us a very good performance. And again he's not only had a good performance but he's scored the winning goal, which is what we want."

Roberto Martinez on Charles N'Zogbia's disallowed goal: "I don't know what was wrong with N'Zogbia's goal. Football is a game of contact and certainly when you come to Ewood Park there's a physical side to the game. I know the referee has got a very difficult job but that decision really cost us. If you look at the replay he (the referee) is in a good position so he must be guessing what happened. It was a low point for us and it was mentally hard to recover from that. In the second half we started well but two quick goals out of nothing leaves you feeling a little bit hard done by."


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