Premier League - Fergie fumes over collapse

Eurosport - Sun, 12 Sep 00:00:00 2010

Alex Ferguson tore into his Manchester United side after they threw away a two-goal lead in stoppage time at Everton.

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Everton 3-3 Manchester United

Sir Alex Ferguson: "It's amazing. We've thrown it away, like we did at the Fulham game. You have to have determination in situations like that. We were so wasteful with our chances. We could have scored five or six in the second half with great opportunities and that has come to haunt us. But saying that, to lose two goals in injury time is unthinkable. We had it under control and the game is finished - even when they scored a second. It is a terrible end for us. We made a decision (to leave out Wayne Rooney) simply because he gets terrible abuse here. We don't want to subject him to that."

David Moyes: "I think the two goals we scored after 90 minutes, the referee had put on three minutes extra time. Even so it allowed Manchester United to take a corner and we broke that quickly that it can't have been more than eight or nine seconds until we had reached the final third, before he blew up, and that was wrong. It doesn’t take any of the gloss off the way the players performed and the character and desire they showed to get back into the game. We rode our luck a little bit as they had one or two chances, but we had a great chance at 3-1 with Leon Osman and we didn’t take it and I thought that this was going to be another one of those days where we aren’t going to score."

West Ham 1-3 Chelsea

Avram Grant: "It's not easy when you concede an early goal. It's amazing because Chelsea didn't create any further chances in the first half. Unfortunately we lost but we dominated the second half and if we continue like this we will pick up points. I'm not happy with no points, especially as in the last two games we deserved more. It will take some time to adjust this week we were trying to bond well in training."

Carlo Ancelotti: "Michael Essien is like a new signing, he's come back and we are happy that he can play. Essien is fit now, we have to pay attention, he's playing all of our games and I hope he maintains this condition for as long as possible. We expended a lot of energy, it was not easy. Second half they put a lot of pressure on us. They played good football but defensively we had a good performance, offensively we could have done better. Ramires was comfortable, and he will improve. He needs to know our movement a bit better but for his first start it was a good performance."

Arsenal 4-1 Bolton

Arsene Wenger: "We have had two games, at Blackburn and today, which we certainly would not have taken six points from two years ago. The players can handle these situations. Overall it was a competitive game where we dominated and created many chances, but when you play against Bolton, as long as you don't kill the game off, they can score - you can dominate 80 per cent of the game and still lose. They marked us very tight, which provoked a very physical game, but they also played well."

Owen Coyle: "Lee (Chung-Yong) was very close to the penalty box. It should have been a free-kick, and it is not given. From the resulting pass Gary Cahill went into the back of the lad and fouled him. I don't think it merited a red. All of a sudden we were playing Arsenal with 10 men, and it is difficult at the best of times with 11. We had put so much into the game that at that time we looked like the team who would get the equaliser. As managers we have to watch what we say for fear of getting into trouble and if I was to elaborate on it I would be in trouble because it was a huge turning point in the game."

Fulham 2-1 Wolves

Mark Hughes: "If (Bobby Zamora's) injury is as we think it is, it's likely to be four months. If the surgeon goes in tomorrow and finds other damage rather than just the break, which is four centimetres above his ankle, it will be even longer than that. The four months looks like a minimum. It's a shame but I don't really lay the blame on the player (Karl Henry). It's one of those. There's always a danger if you get tackled from the side or from behind that players' legs can get trapped. I don't think there was any intent to hurt Bobby. You don't expect the circumstances of the injury to be the result of a challenge like that, but it can happen."

Mick McCarthy: "I think (Wolves's over-physical reputation ) is grossly unfair. I'm really sorry to hear about Bobby but Danny Murphy came to me and said he'd have a word with Bobby because it was a fair and good tackle. We were involved in a tough game on TV a couple of weeks ago and suddenly we're the devil incarnate, but we're far from that. We compete and compete fairly. We had some silly bookings and I'm mad at Christophe (Berra) for getting sent off. But I don't see us as some overly-physical team that deserves that sort of treatment."

Manchester City 1-1 Blackburn

Roberto Mancini: "(The opening goal) was a strange goal. It can happen. This is football. Joe Hart is a good goalkeeper. It was very difficult for him as he only arrived the day before the game. But I still thought he had a good match. We were very unlucky. We must have had 25 chances to score against Blackburn. It is very hard when teams put 10 players behind the ball but we have to try and find a solution."

Sam Allardyce: "Paul (Robinson) has played better than that for us. He put himself in the right position to make those saves today. That has helped us get a point. We have measured up to a club that should brushing us aside in terms of the quality of players they can afford, the wages they can pay and the limited budget we work on. But good organisation, team spirit and hard working side can always cause an upset. Manchester City fans would see this result as an upset."

Newcastle 0-2 Blackpool

Chris Hughton: "It was a tough afternoon. If you go back to where we were a few weeks ago against Aston Villa, we probably had eight good chances and put six of them away. We had the equal amount of chances today but we were unable to score and it was a reality check for us from where we are and what a tough division we're in. All you ask from your players is to get in the right positions and to put the ball in the back of the net and today we didn't."

Ian Holloway: "(To say I am delighted is) an understatement, my friend. I am more than delighted with that. If there was a better word than delighted, I would like to think about it now and say it. I might make my own up - phantasmagorical, whatever. If you think about the end of last season, the trouncing we got here, if you look at how short a period of time it is, if you look at the quality they have got, I am absolutely delighted. My boys get stronger and better all the time and I have got to be careful that I don't burst with pride about them because we had the worst day ever yesterday in my football management."

West Brom 1-1 Tottenham

Roberto Di Matteo: "At this moment, we are disappointed not to have won the game given the chances we created in the second half. But after a good night's sleep, we will wake up and take the point because Spurs are a fantastic team. We need to take courage from the last performances and try and build on them."

Harry Redknapp: "(Luka Modric) is going for a scan but he broke the bone in his leg last year against Birmingham and he got a kick on the same spot today. He is in a lot of pain today. It doesn't look great. We will wait and see what the scan says but it certainly doesn't look very good. We don't know yet if the leg is broken again. If he has got another break, you are talking months again. I am just hoping it is good news for a change. Defoe has had the ankle operation and he is out for 12 weeks and Dawson is another one."

Wigan 1-1 Sunderland

Roberto Martinez: "We weren’t as sharp in possession as we should have been. The sending off made it difficult for ourselves, then Sunderland know what they have to do. They have to get men behind the ball and they did that well. We had to find solutions, I felt we done that in the second half without reaching the level we can reach in possession."

Steve Bruce: "If you think about what happened in the game especially after Lee's sending off we would have been happy with a point. I'd just like to say personally a big thanks to the supporters who were magnificent today. The team responded to them. It's a dream start for Asamoah Gyan. Great piece of skill, great goal, it is just unfortunate that we were unable to hang on."


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