Premier League - Managers: Bolton 'inspired' by Muamba

Sun, 25 Mar 06:47:00 2012

Managerial reaction to Saturday's Premier League matches, with Bolton inspired to win by a good luck message from recovering Fabrice Muamba.

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Liverpool 1-2 Wigan

Kenny Dalglish: "It doesn't matter how well or badly you play, you still need a wee bit of luck sometimes and there is no reason why the second goal should be chalked off for me. But we can't control referees, we can control ourselves. We'll brush ourselves down and get ourselves going again. We've got a week's rest now until Newcastle next Sunday, and we'll make the best of that."

Roberto Martinez: "It is an historic day for us, Wigan beating Liverpool at Anfield. That is why we are involved in football to defy the odds and history. I would like to present this moment to our fans as they have not had much to celebrate this season. I have seen the replay and it is clearly a handball. I have had so many bad decisions this season I've always kept my mouth shut and today I will only concentrate and enjoy our victory. I think Lee Mason was a very strong referee and we were fortunate with that as we all know Luis Suarez is an artist in getting free-kicks and good situations for himself."

Chelsea 0-0 Tottenham

Roberto Di Matteo: "We were looking to win the game and close the gap (but) we have to give credit to Spurs, they defended well and played a good game. From the day I was appointed we all knew it would be a difficult task but there are still eight games to go and we will try to win as many as we can to try and gain fourth spot. To make the gap up we will have to win all of our games."

Harry Redknapp: "It's a big point for us, it keeps them five points behind us now. I thought we were excellent today. It was a good performance against a good team. It's in our favour, Arsenal have got some tough games. They've got Man City at home, Chelsea at home. It's all to play for still. We found ourselves suddenly from being 10 points clear to being behind Arsenal now. It can all change. We've got to keep picking up results."

Arsenal 3-0 Aston Villa

Arsene Wenger: "At the time [we were 17th] I agree it was a dream to be in third but what you do is come in and do your job as well as you can, stay positive and work hard. I was optimistic because the attitude of the players was positive every day. We have gone through difficult times, we have learned that nothing is guaranteed and we must keep humility and focus to finish the season in a strong, convincing way."

Alex McLeish: "We have a home game next week and we have to be positive. We have to concentrate on the glass being half full rather than half empty. Although we didn't see a lot of the ball in the second half, we saw more of it. At 2-0 we had a couple of chances. At half-time we thought that if we could get a goal back we could make Arsenal nervous. Andi Weimann had a couple of chances. He scuffed a left-footer and played the ball across the face of goal when he might have gone for goal. Normally, his striker instincts would have made him try to score, but he was lively when he came on. But the goals in the first half were pretty lamentable - they were very weak from our point of view."

Stoke 1-1 Manchester City

Tony Pulis: “We thought the challenge from Barry was a definite penalty. We were very disappointed. Crouchy's goal was wonderful. He does it in training. Technically he's very good - he is made for us. We need him to have a summer's break but if he gets called up for England everyone in the Potteries will be delighted for him."

David Platt (speaking instead of Roberto Mancini): "It's not a case of being too angry - he's just wary that he might say something that gets him in hot water. It's about the way the game unfolded. It is very difficult when you come here and sometimes you look for a bit of protection. It's a bit hot afterwards but once he's calmed down he'll be fine. You know what he is like and if he comes in and something goes out where it is lost in translation..."

Bolton 2-1 Blackburn

Owen Coyle: "Fabrice managed to send us a message yesterday through one of the consultants to say he wished the lads well. It was great when we heard that. Our chairman has been in touch with Marcel this week and I am pretty sure the information about today's game has been passed on to Fabrice."

Steve Kean: "I told the lads to separate the occasion from the game. We wish Fabrice all the goodwill we can give but we had to play the match. The Bolton players had a spring in their step and once they got their noses in front it was difficult."

Swansea 0-2 Everton

Brendan Rodgers: "It was a really important three points. We have done well recently and not picked up points but we deserved it today against an in-form Swansea side who have a very good record at home. It's an excellent win, a very important three points and a good performance."

David Moyes: "We have had a lot of tough games, it's been a real tough period for us. The Premier League have not helped us out and I have been disappointed in them. I don't think they have been fair to Everton in many ways this season."

Sunderland 3-2 QPR

Martin O'Neill: "I am just delighted to have won the game. It keeps the momentum going. Forty points on the board - if you had given me that in December I would have taken your arms off, for the end of the season, never mind anything else."

Mark Hughes: (Djibril Cisse's red card) going to hurt us because when we have been able to keep him on the pitch he has been excellent for us. He has scored something like three in five, but we can't really dwell on it. It's spilled milk from our point of view. We have got to get on with it. I have got to focus on the personnel who are available to me. It's a crazy challenge by Djibril, and he knows that."

Norwich 2-1 Wolves

Paul Lambert: "The first goal I thought was a great finish because it is never easy when you see the whites of the goalkeeper's eyes coming at you. It was a brilliant finish and with the penalty he held his nerve, which is great. For the sending off, I thought the first one was a foul against him so I don't know what the referee has done there."

Terry Connor: "It was a really good performance and we showed a real fighting spirit. We showed everything you would want. We took the lead and I thought we were well worth something from the game today."


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