Premier League - Managers: Holloway slams Liverpool

Sat, 22 Jan 19:06:00 2011

Managerial reaction from the Premier League, with Blackpool's Ian Holloway condemning Liverpool's "disgraceful" offer for Charlie Adam.

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Blackpool 1-2 Sunderland

Ian Holloway: "I was thinking Liverpool and Charlie (Adam). I thought fantastic what a great club for him to go to and them when I heard the bid I thought it was disgraceful. I don't think it was Kenny (Dalglish) that put that offer in. Mr (Damien) Comolli should look at what is going on and get realistic. What they offered is about the price Charlie would have been worth when Kenny was last playing. Is it a destabilising tactic from the three clubs, Birmingham, Aston Villa and now Liverpool? I don't know. Maybe I am the only one who can see what his value might be. It is all right admiring something. I like my neighbour's car but if I don't pay the right amount of money for it I ain't going to get it. They had better start by putting a figure one in front of the complete rubbish they have been offering so far."

Steve Bruce: "Every time we've come up against a bit of adversity we've come out firing. We showed great resilience and arguably this was one of our best performances of the season. In the first half in particular, the football was a joy to watch. The players were determined. One player isn't bigger than the club, especially ours with our history and tradition. It's about time we drew a line under everything now. It's up to me to make sure what we do now is the right thing."

Aston Villa 1-0 Manchester City

Gerard Houllier: "I'm pleased for Darren Bent because its his first goal for us, also his first game, but I thought the whole team were fantastic today. We've beaten a great team. We kept a clean sheet, sometimes with a bit of luck, but you don't win games only with luck, also a bit of talent."

Manchester City assistant manager Brian Kidd: "I thought it the title was Manchester United's title to lose many, many weeks ago. But this is only a blip. It is already history and we will put it behind us. Our aim at the beginning of this season was to get in the top four. We lost at Everton and responded very well and I'm sure we will respond in the right fashion in the coming games."

Manchester United 5-0 Birmingham City

Alex Ferguson: "We hope the goals are going to come for Wayne. He is working his socks off. He produced some great football today and his control from Edwin van der Sar's kick for the fourth goal was fantastic. It was a marvellous performance from Dimitar (Berbatov). He could have scored more. We were a bit wasteful with our finishing at times but you can't complain at the performance. It certainly helps the goal difference, there is no question about that. We have some tough games ahead but hopefully the players can grasp the nettle."

Alex McLeish: "To lose a goal to a set-piece in the first minute was criminal. We did have a spell after that when we started to get in their final third but to concede again just before half-time was verging on the amateur. We are angry and frustrated to have come away from Old Trafford having lost 5-0 and disappointed that we didn't play how I know we can. We could have come and put a load of grafters behind the ball and tried to grind something out but we thought we could give ourselves a solid base but also put United under some pressure too."

Arsenal 3-0 Wigan Athletic

Arsene Wenger: "It was a good team performance overall. The players were a bit frustrated at half-time as they did not take their chances, but during that first half, we played outstanding football. We feel stronger and stronger in every single game. It is interesting the chance we have in front of us because for me the way we play is fantastic to watch. Let's just keep going. It is down to us to use him in the right proportion of the games we play. Robin (van Persie) handles it all right. He is intelligent but of course he wants to play."

Roberto Martinez: "(Cesc Fabregas) is a wonderful player and very clever, and he knows how to buy decisions off referees. There is contact, but you do not know how much of that comes from Cesc looking for it, or from Gary (Caldwell)'s leg. I don't think that contact is intentional to bring Cesc down. Cesc comes from different culture - you do not cheat, if you take a decision from the referee it is because you are clever and you are getting something for your team. In England, to do that is cheating, but in South America, Spain, even Italy, to try to get a decision from the referee is just being clever and getting that advantage."

Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-3 Liverpool

Mick McCarthy: "I think we let them off the hook by trying to play offside after 30-odd minutes. We then got done by a wonder-strike which no-one is stopping - you could have put two goalkeepers in. The third one is incidental because the game was finished - two mistakes and a wonder strike. We beat them when Roy (Hodgson) was there. He is such a great guy and a top coach but it is Kenny Dalglish coming out of the stand. I think he is enjoying a support and a warmth Roy didn't."

Kenny Dalglish: "It is the best (Fernando Torres performance) since I've come in, the way he worked. It was not just his goals it was the work-rate he put in. He really helped us by closing the goalkeeper down. The keeper kicks it the full length of the pitch and that is a great asset for him and we asked him to nullify that and he did. He showed he wanted to do something and he did it. The goal he scored last week (against Blackpool) wouldn't have done him any harm so I'm very happy."

Newcastle United 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Alan Pardew: "If you have got a regular team that's winning every week and confident, you would have a little bit more 'je ne sais quoi' about you to see games out and be a bit more relaxed. Perhaps because we had conceded late last week, the answer was, 'Well, we got a bit deep last week, let's go and get the second', and of course, that cost us today. The balance is somewhere in the middle. Some senior players were disappointed last week, and even more so this week, but we will correct that, we will get that right."

Harry Redknapp on Gareth Bale's injury: "It's been dragging on for a few weeks now, this back, so hopefully we can get it sorted out quickly. You don't know with back injuries, do you? It's a shame. We need him playing for sure. There wouldn't be a better left-sided player anywhere than Gareth Bale, that's for sure. When you are losing 1-0 that late in the game, it's a point gained. You are obviously delighted in the end to get something out of the game. But credit to Newcastle, they are a dangerous side. They are playing well and on the counter-attack, they were always a threat, always a danger."

Everton 2-2 West Ham United

David Moyes: "It wasn't great but we got a point. It didn't look as if we were going to get any near the end. When we got back to 1-1 I thought we would go on and get the second goal but unfortunately they got a second. When you go 2-1 down at home you go for it anyway but when we saw the sending off it gave us a chance to attempt to throw the kitchen sink. Thankfully we got the equaliser and when it went to 2-2 I actually thought we could have used the last couple of minutes better than we did to try to get the winner."

Avram Grant on Frederic Piquionne's sending-off for excessive celebration: "The red card was a joke. He scored a goal and went to celebrate with the supporters. He has not done anything wrong - he went to celebrate with the people who deserve to more than anybody. I know it is the law but it is a stupid law and we need to change it. You never know but I think if we had stayed with 11 players we would have won the game because we were the better team."

Fulham 2-0 Stoke City

Mark Hughes on his feud with Tony Pulis: "We were just two daft Welshman a couple of weeks ago. Good win today - pretty straightforward in all fairness. We got the ball down, played our stuff and got the goals at good times. It was quite comfortable. We just knew we had to get over a period where results didn't quite go for us. We just needed to get key personnel back, firing. A great result against Stoke away from home, which really galvanised us, made us understand as a group what we needed to do to win games in this very difficult league."

Tony Pulis on Ryan Shawcross's red card:  "It looked as though Dempsey was on the way down. Dempsey's a very clever player but, if you're the referee, you give it. The disappointing thing for me is they get the penalty, the kid gets sent off, and we lose him for two games. The punishment does not suit the crime there. It's very harsh for the club and for the kid. It's not a reckless or poor challenge, or a nasty challenge. But he's missing for two games. He was sent off at Sunderland as well, so he'll miss the (FA) Cup match and Liverpool."


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