Premier League - Managers: More woe for Wenger

Sun, 18 Sep 09:07:00 2011

Managerial reaction to Saturday's Premier League games, with Arsene Wenger showing his exasperation at Arsenal's defensive problems.

Premier League Daily

Blackburn Rovers 4-3 Arsenal

Steve Kean: "I'm absolutely delighted for the players and everybody that has seen it today. I think what we've got in abundance is exactly what we showed in the second half. Our backs were against the wall but we came out and beat Arsenal, we out passed them, we used our pace to get in behind their full backs. Each and every player did their bit, and they did that little bit extra as well. Today has shown that we have character and team spirit, the players were dying for each other to make sure that they went and got the result. The dressing room is certainly a happy place today."

Arsene Wenger: "At the moment we do not have the capability to focus defensively for 90 minutes to win games. It is important you do not give cheap goals away like we did. It's just not good enough and, of course, we are very frustrated. The spirit in the team is quite willing but if you look at the number of goals we have conceded it is just not good enough. You cannot come here and concede four goals the way we did today. Speculation is part of modern life, there is nothing I can do about that. My future is focused on me giving the best for the club."

Aston Villa 1-1 Newcastle United

Alex McLeish: "I was expecting to win after the start we made. We are all a bit frustrated. We could have been better in the final third I felt. We were a little bit careless. We should have taken more care of the ball. I felt we had opportunities in the final third that we weren't ruthless enough on. It's taking care of the ball - using all your strength and technique to keep it and then the final pass. I can show them on video - could you do better there? It's not rocket science, we have so much data at our disposal. But we don't want to beat them up with it."

Alan Pardew: "We were brilliant today. We controlled the game and our two central midfield players were outstanding. Our fans who came here will have gone away thinking they have seen a good team today. This showed that we deserve to be where we are. We had to tweak a few things (from Monday at QPR). Demba Ba helped the midfield today, and I thought he was terrific in the role that he had."

Bolton Wanderers 1-2 Norwich City

Owen Coyle: "It's not happened for us today. We lost two very soft goals from our point of view from set plays, and then we obviously had Ivan sent off which gives you a mountain to climb. I've got to say a little bit of luck has deserted us on the first goal went in. The shot has been bundled in and has come off Tuncay's heel, but you've to got to deal with those kind of things."

Paul Lambert: "I thought we deserved it to be honest. Right from the off we were excellent, and we've come to a really hard place and the way we played the game, I thought we deserved to win. Regardless who Bolton have played, it's still a really hard place to come, but I though we were excellent."

Everton 3-1 Wigan Athletic

David Moyes: "I thought Wigan played some good football and made life difficult for us. We didn't get right to the pitch of the game in the second half so we made some changes. At first it didn't look as though it was going to work for us but in the end it did and we are happy."

Roberto Martinez: "It was his [Hugo Rodallega's] knee. It doesn't look good. He could be out for a few weeks if not months. We knew we'd have to compete and deal with crosses and set plays. Everton will feel they scored two easy goals. I was extremely proud of the performance. You cannot be a soft touch at places like Goodison Park but if you are going to lose, this is the way to do it. At the start of the season, I would take a good performance over the result."

Swansea City 3-0 West Bromwich Albion

Brendan Rodgers: "It was like a bombshell this week in many aspects of life, football and social, with my father's passing, and the miners. It's an incredible thing that a family man goes to work and he doesn't come back. Our sympathies and our thoughts are with the families involved, and we tried to provide a tonic today for our supporters who have been so supportive of myself and the team. Swansea is a very special city and I think we rewarded them today with a special performance."

Roy Hodgson: "I have no complaints about the defeat. It was undoubtedly our worst performance of the season. We lost to the better team. We conceded two very poor goals in the first half and it was always going to be an uphill task after we conceded a third so early in the second half against a Swansea team who are very good at keeping the ball. We played poorly but I thought Swansea played very well."

Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-3 QPR

Mick McCarthy: "We deserved the boos and the jeers. We didn't play well enough. They have paid their hard-earned money to come and watch us and I have no problem with that at all, when we play as badly as that. QPR played well, I don't want to take it away from them, but it was a really poor performance from us."

Neil Warnock: "The new lads have all fitted in. Joey's the essence of the dressing room - he expects everybody to want to win. Perhaps we lacked that conviction before. The lads are starting to believe in themselves now. It was a team performance today and I'm proud of each and every one of them. We were excellent. Without doubt, that is the best-ever away win of my career. I've never enjoyed a win as much."


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