Premier League - Managers: McCarthy responds to angry fans

Sat, 22 Oct 19:22:00 2011

All the reaction after Saturday's Premier League games with Mick McCarthy responding to the Wolves fans after he was booed at Molineux.

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Wolves 2-2 Swansea

Mick McCarthy: "They (the fans) can react all they like, it was a great point and I am delighted. I can't explain the comeback. We were really, really lucky. We needed a bit of luck or a bit of magic and if this proves to be a turning point I will be delighted. I'm not bothered. We got a point. We needed something. We have played better over the previous five games and got nothing. We have needed something to get us off seven points, something to end the run of defeats."

Brendan Rodgers: "It felt like a defeat. We were outstanding. We dominated and controlled the game with and without ball, so to lose the lead in the last 10 minutes was obviously difficult, but it's our first away point and the performance was fantastic. We just needed to manage the game better, and our job is to make sure the two points we dropped don't cost us at the end of the season."

Liverpool 1-1 Norwich

Kenny Dalglish: "I think the problem is there are people who question Luis Suarez's integrity. It is their integrity that needs questioning not his. On the football pitch he is exemplary, a fantastic footballer and we have 100 per cent faith in Luis Suarez and the way he conducts himself."

Paul Lambert: "I thought the first half we were a bit frightened by it and never really got going and Liverpool put us under immense pressure but the way the lads defended was great. The second half we played the way we have been [doing] and I thought we went at them and were excellent. There have been some fantastic teams come here and get turned over. It is massive, that is a huge point. No-one gave us an earthly [chance] coming here."

Newcastle 1-0 Wigan

Alan Pardew: "We spoke all week about our attitude and application being the same as the Spurs game and it is very difficult to get that into the players' psyche once the game starts. In the second half I felt we were better after a little chat, and I also felt we'd score. If our fans are a little bit disappointed with our performance it was worth the admittance just for the goal."

Roberto Martinez: "In a way we did everything we had to do - we neutralised Newcastle and didn't allow them to be themselves and we created the best chances in the early period. If we could have scored that first goal it would have been a completely different game. We are really frustrated and we got punished by a piece of quality. I think in some ways even a draw would have been a difficult result to take but we are not getting any luck. In football you have to work very hard to get that luck."

Aston Villa 1-2 West Brom

Alex McLeish: "The sending-off was the turning point, no question. The replay I've seen indicated Chris was extricating his foot from Olsson's grasp. We don't see a stamp. That's what it looks like. Until I see another picture that makes it look like he stamped on somebody, then it doesn't look like a sending-off. Gordon Cowans (first-team coach) was high in the stand and he said he saw Olsson punch Chris on the shoulder just beforehand and the officials never saw it."

Roy Hodgson: "I'm very pleased with the result and the performance but very disappointed about Shane Long's injury. It was a wicked challenge. I'm angered still by the challenge. If ever I've seen a challenge that merited a red card, it was (Alan) Hutton on Long. It is a scan job but Long is lucky because he could have had two broken legs."

Bolton 0-2 Sunderland

Owen Coyle: "It's not bravery or being naive or anything else. The bottom line is wherever we sit just now is certainly not where I want to be as Bolton Wanderers manager, accepting it's been for a number of reasons. Because of that start these games take on extra significance because of the stigma involved in being in the bottom three, you want to be out of there and moving up, and that's why this was a great opportunity to do it."

Steve Bruce: "Both sides were nervous and edgy. I'm sure there will have been a lot of clubs like that, there were three points separating nine teams I think this morning. We wanted them to try to enjoy it and let me do the worrying and thankfully they've responded in the right way. We thoroughly deserved it. I cannot remember going away from home in the Premier League and dominating like that."


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