Premier League - Managers: Fergie hails model pro Hernandez

Sat, 23 Apr 19:33:00 2011

Managerial reaction from around the Premier League, with Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson paying tribute to Javier Hernandez.

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Manchester United 1-0 Everton

Sir Alex Ferguson: "The thing that puzzles me is they (the media) keep saying Arsenal and Chelsea have got to play us still, like we're going to lose them...why shouldn't we win those games? As I said to the players, forget all that nonsense. Just try to win your games and you'll be all right, keep your heads and don't get carried away. There're only four games left and the way they are going about their business gives them an outstanding chance...Javier (Hernandez) has done better than everyone expected. We thought that because it was his first year, he would just get used to the English game and get strengthened up. He has passed all those tests. He is first in, at 9am every morning. He is last to leave. He is a truly dedicated boy."

David Moyes when asked for his thoughts on Hernandez: "None. He is not my player. I just wish he hadn't got into that position. I couldn't say we played well. We didn't. But there are different sides to football and for 85 minutes it looked as though we had done our job very well."

Chelsea 3-0 West Ham United

Carlo Ancelotti: "It was perfect today. Everyone waited for Fernando to score and he scored. For him it will be a new life. I think he will have a fantastic future here in this club. The big problem was he came in to a new club and it was not easy to find a relationship with the new team-mates and the play but now the bad moments have gone."

Avram Grant: "If you haven't watched the game a 3-0 scoreline looks like Chelsea were much better than us but it wasn't really the case. I'm very proud of the players. We can stay in the league. Because of our position we are not relaxed when it comes to chances in front of goal... If there was anyone I would have wanted the chance to fall to it would have been Robbie Keane. It's what he does best and no one does it better. But we failed to take the big chance and it cost us."

Liverpool 5-0 Birmingham City

Kenny Dalglish on Maxi Rodriguez's hat-trick: "Maxi is a very intelligent footballer. He's not a direct replacement for Andy (Carroll) but he's got more goals than him in that one performance. Maxi has not played for a few weeks and came on and did a fantastic job for us. Joe (Cole) also got his reward because he has trained well and he came on and got a goal. It won't do Joe or Maxi any harm and the joy the players got from Maxi scoring his hat-trick and Joe scoring his goal reflects how close a group they are and that is great for the club."

Alex McLeish: "The first goal for us was a killer blow, losing it so early because you are coming here to frustrate. It disrupted totally our plans. The first two goals were really soft, we have to do better. For the second goal there was a big hole in the centre of our defence and that is most unlike us. Quite simply the boys have got to get back to their best. We know today was a bad day at the office but I don't believe it will affect morale."

Tottenham Hotspur 2-2 West Bromwich Albion

Harry Redknapp: "It's going to be difficult but it's still all to play for. I find it hard that now everyone expects us to be in the Champions League. Tottenham had never been in it before until this season and suddenly it is like 'we have to be in the Champions League'. Manchester City have gone out and spent God knows what to get above us. Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea are there every year, Liverpool will be there next year. It's difficult to get fourth. It has been a great season but it's not over yet."

Roy Hodgson: "It was a splendid result to come back from 2-1 down. It's given us what looks to be an important point given the way other results have gone. It has taken us to a psychological point at least, which is 40 (points). A lot of people would say that is enough [to save us from relegation] but I think we might need a point or two more."

Aston Villa 1-1 Stoke City

Gary McAllister on Gerard Houllier: "A few of the staff went to see Gerard this morning. I saw him last night and a couple of times yesterday. I spoke to him before the kick-off and his main concern as always was the players. He wants them to do well. I'm going to go up to the hospital now. All the signs are encouraging. He has got a bit of colour in his cheeks and he doesn't look like a guy who has had a tough couple of days. We will be guided by the specialists. We are being totally guided by them. It won't be Gerard or Aston Villa's decision when he comes back. There is no surgery this time. It will be rest and medicine."

Tony Pulis on Ricardo Fuller's Achilles injury:  "We are not sure how bad it is. He's going off to have a scan so we won't know that until Monday. It is disappointing because Ricardo is a game changer from the bench. He can come on and do special things. There is a danger you think of Wembley before it comes along and then players take their foot off the pedal. We must not do it. The Premier League is still our main priority. We still need points."

Blackpool 1-1 Newcastle United

Ian Holloway: "We should have had two penalties, probably three. I haven't seen them again yet but I know what I saw and I know how I feel. I was screaming and shouting at the ref because I thought it was going to be one of those games again where we don't get something that is blatantly obvious that we deserved. Is there any chance of whoever is governing things up there giving us a bit of a break?"

Alan Pardew: "The goal was disappointing because I think you have got to be beyond doubt if you are going to give that. Seeing it again it certainly doesn't look like that. If you are 40 yards away you have got to be beyond doubt it is over the line and it doesn't look like that to me. Having said that, they deserved a goal for their play and their intensity. They gave us a lot of problems. It was a tough game and we were lucky we scored because we looked a little flat."

Sunderland 4-2 Wigan Athletic

Eric Black on Steve Bruce: "He's absolutely fine. His heart-rate is down to about 184. It hurts him (to lose). He's been a winner all his career and the last eight weeks have been exceptionally difficult. But I have known him a long time and he's a resolute character. He comes in every day and he drives people forward, and he will be a better manager, I am sure, for the eight weeks we have just come through."

Roberto Martinez: "It is quite clear now - we have got 12 points to fight for and we have got two home fixtures. We are really excited. We are looking forward to the next 12 points. I have said it before, we are catching up this season. We clicked as a team probably 10 weeks ago and now is the moment we are well aware that we need to get points, and we will make sure we get them."

Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-1 Fulham

Mick McCarthy: "Everybody is predicting what it is or isn't going to take (to stay up). I predict maybe one point or one goal better off than three others - and we can still do it. Every point is hard to get - Fulham are a good side. I think other teams could have gone on and got beaten in that game having conceded how we did and that late on. But we haven't, so we'll take the point, take the positives and keep going with five more games to play. There will be no defeatists here or negativity at all."

Mark Hughes on being sent to the stands for trying to kick a bottle and missing: "I was disappointed because I felt Brede (Hangeland) had won the ball. The referee interpreted it in a different way and saw it fit to book my player for a challenge I thought was fair, so that is why I reacted. Probably the fourth official played a part in my dismissal and it was for missing the bottle I was aiming at three times - that was poor play from my point of view!"


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