Premier League - Managers: Balotelli is a 'good guy'

Sun, 25 Sep 08:54:00 2011

All the managerial reaction from Saturday's Premier League games, with Mario Balotelli coming in for praise.

Mancini praises City

Manchester City 2-0 Everton

Roberto Mancini: "Mario (Balotelli) can make a big contribution this season. I am sure of this. His behaviour has been so-so. But he is a good guy. He likes Manchester City. He likes English football. Sometimes when he scores, he is unhappy. Today he was really happy. Today he knew he scored an important goal. I needed a player who could also play on the right side. We needed to open up the defence, plus Mario can't play against Munich on Tuesday."

David Moyes on Vincent Kompany's tackle on Tim Cahill: "It is a terrible tackle. I have seen it again. His foot goes right on his shin. I am disappointed it wasn't spotted. I wasn't going to come here for the enjoyment of Manchester City. I was going to come here and do what was right for Everton. I have to praise the players for how they went about their task. They have done a lot of really good things. For long periods we kept them at bay."

Chelsea 4-1 Swansea

Andre Villas-Boas on Fernando Torres's red card: "There's nothing to apologise for. It's the referee's decision. It's part of the nature of the game, and the referee has decided on that. It's a pity because the spectacle was promising. With 10 men, we never lost our will to continue to attack and I think it paid off. It was an important win for us based on the last defeat at Old Trafford and showing resilience in the end again after Wednesday."

Brendan Rodgers on Frank Lampard being dropped: "I only assume that there's a mind looking towards the Valencia game. When Frank's not in the team, it certainly helps us, because he's a player who can score goals, that can continue to score goals. I think he'll end up like one of those players like (Javier) Zanetti at Inter Milan, who just keeps going. He may need to change positions as he gets older but Frank Lampard will continue to score goals. He's still got big ambitions to play and I'm sure he'll continue to do that."

Stoke City 1-1 Manchester United

Assistant boss Dave Kemp: "It's a great result for us and the first time we have taken anything off Manchester United. They were the last team in the Premier League that we haven't got anything against. Having played very well on a number of occasions against them without getting anything, today we did and we are delighted."

Sir Alex Ferguson: "I was pleased with the performance from the lads - they battled really hard and played like real champions. If Stoke were going to score it was probably going to be from a set-piece. They've got some big lads in their team and they do keep you under pressure that way. In terms of the attacking part we showed some good play and maybe should have scored more."

Arsenal 3-0 Bolton Wanderers

Arsene Wenger: "It was a good win for us because we cannot drop points anymore. We will not lose every game like we did at Blackburn. Today it was a question of nerves, patience and intelligence ... I don't really know what happened with Theo (Walcott). I thought it was a classic hamstring injury but it is not. He felt a sharp pain in his knee. I don't know what the diagnosis will be but it was completely surprising. I don't know if he will have scan tonight. I will have to speak to the medical staff."

Owen Coyle on David Wheater's red card: "Whether there was real contact, I don't know. I will need to see it back with David. I think it certainly made it more difficult. At half time we felt we had the platform to achieve a positive result but if you are going to shoot yourself in the foot as we did with 43 seconds gone in the second half it's obviously going to be difficult."

Liverpool 2-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Kenny Dalglish: "I think we deserved three points, although it was difficult at times. They put us under a bit of pressure in the first half and then scored early in the second half which gave them a bit of momentum. (Luis) Suarez has been outstanding since he came to the club. We are very fortunate to have him and we look forward to many more happy days with him because he is a fantastic footballer."

Mick McCarthy: "We had a difficult first half and an excellent second half. I thought first 10 minutes we started okay but then we conceded a goal, for which I thought Roger Johnson was fouled by Carroll and I was annoyed about that. The second one we tried to play offside and did it badly and it cost us. My goalkeeper is excellent and he has had a good performance but we were a far better team in the second half and that is the level of performance I would expect from us."

Newcastle United 3-1 Blackburn Rovers

Alan Pardew: "My look at the strikers is, 'Okay, prove to me that I don't need to get one', and I think they have taken that challenge on. Especially the two who played today played at a very high standard. They are not the most glamorous of names yet, but they did very, very well today. Demba (Ba) has had a slow start here, mainly because of Ramadan in my view. But strikers thrive on goals and that confidence that Demba is going to get from those three goals here in front of the Toon Army will have done him a power of good."

Steve Kean on a disputed Newcastle goal: "I said to (the referee), 'Please look at it again, please look at the decision and give us your honest opinion' because I don't think you will see a clearer foul. It was a good back-post header and Scott (Dann) was backing off and just about to head it off the line, and we felt that Leon (Best) - I know him very well and he's aggressive - came over the top of Scott Dann. Scott was then pushed into Paul Robinson and it was not only a foul, but we also picked up a yellow card for Martin Olsson protesting against that goal."

Wigan Athletic 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Harry Redknapp: "If he (Emmanuel Adebayor) keeps going like he's going I'd love to keep him around. He's been excellent so far. But the wages will be the problem because he's not cheap. It was complete domination in the first half and we could have come in three or four ahead. I said the only way they'd get in the game is if we did something stupid. We gave a sloppy goal away trying to play it in the box, got punished and it changed everything. Our keeper didn't have much to do, but it was still too close for comfort in the end."

Roberto Martinez: "It doesn't matter how well Spurs played in the first half, the frustration was that the two goals were soft - but I couldn't be prouder of the second-half performance with 10 men. We looked like a team that could get something out of it and I'm disappointed we didn't get a result, but it was a fantastic reaction and the players deserve credit."

West Bromwich Albion 0-0 Fulham

Roy Hodgson: "In the first half we didn't play at all well. I take some responsibility for that because we tampered with our way of playing and the system. It didn't work particularly well and I didn't even recognise some of the players in terms of the number of times we gave the ball away. In the second half we pushed Peter Odemwingie more central again, Chris Brunt out wide, and went back to a more classic 4-4-2 system and dominated the game."

Martin Jol: "I know West Brom. I played here. It looked like an away game for them. It was good. We had all the possession, we could play around them in midfield. They changed their system, playing three up instead of two strikers, and we could play in the gaps. The only thing is you need to finish them off. We had three or four possibilities. I think we looked the better team."

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