Premier League - Managers: Fergie rues 'aggressive' Fulham

Wed, 21 Dec 23:52:00 2011

Managerial reaction from Wednesday's Premier League games, with Sir Alex Ferguson hitting out at Fulham's physicality.

Manchester United's Phil Jones dejected as he is helped off the pitch due to injury, December 21 2011 - 0

Fulham 0-5 Manchester United

Martin Jol: "If you have eight attempts on goal like they did and score five of them, then it's a horror scenario. They played around us on the flanks and we did not defend well. Nani scored a header which tells you all. We let ourselves down. We improved and could have scored a few but it is easy when you are 3-0 down. They have a lot of quality but we were not aggressive enough. Conceding early is not good for your confidence. It was too easy for them. We have to pick ourselves up because there are a lot of teams on the same amount of points.

Alex Ferguson: “We’ll send him [Phil Jones] for an X-ray tomorrow. He had an elbow to his jaw. It was an elbow by Dempsey but I don’t think it was deliberate. Fulham were very aggressive and Ashley Young has paid the price for that. He’ll be out for two or three weeks. Rio got a knock on the foot on Sunday against Queens Park Rangers. I think he’ll be available for Blackburn [on December 31] but not the Wigan game."

Wigan Athletic 0-0 Liverpool

Roberto Martinez: "It's not about the result, it's once more about the performance - we spoke about carrying on from Saturday. After the first 20 minutes, when we invited pressure by giving the ball away, we opened the game up and had some really good chances. We played eye-to-eye and it would have been a disaster to lose that game.

Kenny Dalglish: "I think the boys showed their respect and admiration for Luis with wearing the T-shirts. It is a great reflection of the man as a character, a person and a footballer that the boys have been so supportive and so have the supporters. He has earned that. He deserves it and we will always stand beside him. They will not divide the football club, no matter how hard they try."

Everton 1-0 Swansea City

David Moyes: "I think the last few games Leon Osman has come back to the sort of form we know. He got us a goal on Saturday and again today. He has been a really important member of the squad and sometimes goes unnoticed but I think tonight he was our best player. We needed to find a goal from somewhere and Ossie was the man. We played well and I was pleased with the players' performances. I thought we controlled most of the game."

Brendan Rodgers: "Obviously we are disappointed with the scoreline. There were very few chances in the game for either side, but I thought we were deserving of a point. We are disappointed with the goal we've conceded because we have been defending well of late, so it's a poor goal to lose from our point of view. In the last two games we haven't controlled the midfield. As the game progresses then spaces start to open up and that's when we start to have some control."

Queens Park Rangers 2-3 Sunderland

Neil Warnock: "I've never felt as disappointed - I thought the lads were fantastic. All three of their goals were very poor - anyone looking at them would know that Sunderland got out of prison tonight. I could accept it if Sunderland were better than us - or scored some fantastic goals - but I thought we were the better side. We've had so many blows - it's like a dagger to the heart tonight. I've said to the players that I'll sort it out in January."

Martin O'Neill: "This was a big win for us. We deserved to win, we scored three goals away from home and it seems as though we have had to win the game twice tonight. At 2-0 we were in a great position. I think after the referee went off due to injury, for a moment or two, we started to get carried away with ourselves. We conceded the two goals, but we fought back and deserved the win."

Manchester City 3-0 Stoke City

Roberto Mancini: We played really well against a difficult opponent and I am pleased for all our supporters that they will enjoy Christmas with their team top of the table. I have said many times though that it is better to be top of the table in May than it is at this time of the year. It is a good [home] record and something about which we can be proud and shows we are improving and working hard. It is not easy to play a year without losing in a league as hard as the Premier League and while home form will be important in whether or not we win the league we must start improving our away record."

Tony Pulis: "We didn't play as well as we could and if you don't play your best you don't have a chance - but the lads worked their socks off. If they don't win something it will be a massive, massive surprise. They are a top side, I think they will be distraught they are not in the Champions League as they could have pushed that close this year. They will be a force from now on in - you just look at the bench, the players who are missing, just to recognise where this club is at. This club is what Chelsea were eight or nine years ago. They are now doing the same and by the looks of things they could go again - then everybody will try and hang on to their coat-tails."

Newcastle United 2-3 West Bromwich Albion

Alan Pardew: "It was a disappointing result and our performance - especially in the first half - wasn't good enough. Having said that, we still wouldn't lay down and got ourselves back in the game twice. There was plenty of time to get the winner but we got done on the counter, and that unsettled us all night. Their front two are a handful and we've caught them on top of their game. For us, it was a tough night."

Roy Hodgson: "It's always a good night when you win especially when you win away from home. We know how well Newcastle have started the season and that it would be tough. I think we have done fabulously well to score the goals that we did and to come back after the disappointment of the equaliser and score late in the game. It was an exciting game of football and there was certainly no lack of attacking play from both teams and for us of course that's two away games and six points."

Aston Villa 1-2 Arsenal

Alex McLeish: "Marc and Charles were brilliant, exciting and dynamic. Marc has climbed a mountain since the start of the season. He has excelled over the last few weeks. Charles was excellent, dangerous and exciting too. The Villa fans were magnificent as well. But we have said to the players constantly that you have to give them something to cheer. Today the lads earned the applause, if not for the result certainly for the performance. If we play like that in every game, I will be quite confident about the team."

Arsene Wenger: "I can only congratulate Villa - they played well, gave everything and again it was a very intense game. In the end we got three very late points that are vital for us. We were a bit unlucky on Sunday and today maybe a bit lucky. Overall it was important to re-start with a win tonight. But if Villa continue to play like that then they will go up in the table, they had an outstanding game."

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