Premier League - Managers: Bruce blast for referee

Sun, 26 Sep 09:35:00 2010

Reaction to Saturday's Premier League action with Sunderland's Steve Bruce blasting the referee's decision to allow Liverpool's first goal.

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Liverpool 2-2 Sunderland

Roy Hodgson: "It wasn't the result we wanted but in many ways it was the performance we wanted. We had a very bright start and we could have been 2-0 up because I think Torres's first goal which was disallowed for offside was incorrectly ruled out but we lost our way. But I thought the penalty they got was fairly compensatory because I don't prescribe to accidental handball, for me handball has to be intentional."

Steve Bruce: "I've been in enough trouble so I don't want to talk about it (Michael Turner's back pass that led to Liverpool's opener) but you all witnessed it and he got it wrong. The free-kick was 25 yards from where the incident was and I think everyone in the ground realised that too. He has put his whistle to his mouth three times and if he is in doubt he should have given the free-kick to be taken in the right position. Maybe in the past a Liverpool team would have come back and said it was unfair and unsportsmanlike - I doubt it though.

Arsenal 2-3 West Bromwich Albion

Arsene Wenger: "We were poor and we got a poor result. We were poor everywhere - at the back, up front and in the middle of the park. We had an off day and were not good enough to win the game. I believe the concentration that gives you the sharpness was not there. We made it more difficult because we were not at our usual level, defensively or offensively. Anything was difficult for us - to pass the ball, to win it back. Overall we got what we deserved, that is zero points. We didn't deserve more."

Roberto di Matteo: "I would say we deserved it, the way we played, the way we created chances, scored goals and played very well. We pressed them very high, we pressed them all over the pitch. We managed not to let them play their usual way. And when we had the ball we passed it very well and created chances ourselves. I don't want us just to be pretty, I want results at the end of the day."

Manchester City 1-0 Chelsea

Roberto Mancini: "I still think they will win it easily because I think they are the best team in the Premier League. It is not possible for them to score five goals every game. Sometimes you might get a result like this. But they are the better team. Carlos (Tevez) is a fantastic striker. Not only because he scored but because he fights all the time against tall players. At this moment we don't have all our players, so for him to be on his own is not easy for him."

Carlo Ancelotti: We wanted to play better. As a team we didn't play well. We saw the power of Manchester City in midfield. We lost a lot of tackles and we were not able to play our football in the opponents' half. We played too complicated and gave the opportunity to them to take the ball and go on the counter-attack. We are disappointed but we have to look forward. We are still top of the table. It was an important game, but every game is important. We did well five times then this time we lost."

West Ham United 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur

Avram Grant: "He (Rob Green) is a good goalkeeper and it was a normal performance from him. It was a great save against Modric. This (being harshly treated) is the life of a sportsman. I haven't seen any footballer who is good all the season. It does not matter what is in the papers he showed on the pitch that he is a very good goalkeeper. His performance today was the best speech. I like emotion in the game. I don't want to be a cold fish."

Harry Redknapp: "It is the first time I've been beaten by the Super Hammers. But I don't feel any worse losing to West Ham. I've had a great run coming back here. They started strong and their front two were a real handful. They worked their socks off. It was a great team effort from West Ham and it could have gone either way. It was an exciting game, end to end stuff. It was more of a basketball match. They attacked, we attacked and it could have gone either way."

Fulham 0-0 Everton

Mark Hughes: "Everton showed that they're in a false position and it's clear they're a very good side. They're at the wrong end of the table but I don't anticipate that lasting for long. In most of the games I've seen of them on video and TV they've played well and had impact. They've been unlucky not to get more points. They probably just need a win to get them going again. I'd imagine no one in the Everton camp is too concerned."

David Moyes: "It's one way up now. Someone has to be bottom and it's us at this present time. I don't think we look like a bottom-of-the-league team but we are so we have to get out of it. It's up to us to put it right. We just have to keep doing what we're doing. We'll keep playing. There was no lack of confidence from us against Fulham. We tried to do the right things. The spirit's good."

Blackpool 1-2 Blackburn Rovers

Ian Holloway: "I thought the referee had a poor game and he is going to report me for what I said to him in the tunnel. I can't believe what he saw. I thought there was some unbelievably strange decisions out there. I waited for him in the tunnel. Never mind, I have got to learn and I should know better - but it is ridiculous."

Sam Allardyce: "You know there is no time for the opposition to come back then. It was our most difficult period of the game because they were right up for it. We were coping with everything they threw at us but then they got the goal and that lifted them. Brett Emerton came up with an outstanding finish and that was it, we had won 2-1. We were fortunate with the first goal but after that we were comfortable. We have got a very valuable three points and are very pleased to get our first away win."

Birmingham City 0-0 Wigan Athletic

Alex McLeish (on Craig Gardner's sending off): "At the time I just thought it was two players together and you couldn't avoid a collision but I've seen it on video and we won't be appealing. I don't think it was a massively dirty tackle but when your studs are showing, it's come more and more into the English game. You might have got away with it a year ago but, when there are studs colliding with a player's leg, then the refs are clamping down on that in this country."

Roberto Martinez: "I've just seen Franco Di Santo's leg and that's my worry. He has a couple of nasty cuts in his leg and by that you can see the challenge was really high. The cut swelled up straight away and there could be a bit of ligament damage in his ankle, which is the worry. From where I was, Gardner's leading foot was really high and he gets the ball with the second foot. Nowadays you can't go into a challenge like that with your feet high. It was a reckless challenge with excessive force and it was a red card, but all I'm worried about is Franco's injury."


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