FA Cup - Managers: Fergie slams own tactics

Sat, 29 Jan 22:50:00 2011

Managerial reaction after Saturday’s FA Cup ties, as Sir Alex Ferguson admitted his tactics backfired as Manchester United narrowly beat Southampton.

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(Home managers first)

Southampton 1-2 Manchester United

Nigel Adkins: "We are not envisaging selling him, we're not looking to sell him. We don't want to sell him. I think it is beneficial for him to be playing regularly for Southampton in the Football League, giving him a chance to develop. Yes, he is well courted and you can see today that he has ability about him. Southampton Football Club are not looking to sell Alex Chamberlain."

Sir Alex Ferguson: "Sometimes we make it difficult for ourselves but, in fairness, I maybe meddled with the system somewhat. We tried a diamond in the middle of the pitch and, of course, Manchester United are used to playing with width all the time and I think that was a problem for us. It was a nothing first half, really, and the goal, if anything, made us play. (Southampton) scoring the goal right on half-time motivated us a bit to do better."

Everton 1-1 Chelsea

David Moyes: "I don't think you can come away and say Chelsea were really threatening. I thought we looked the side who were more likely to score than Chelsea. Petr Cech made some really good saves and that is what goalkeepers do. They had one shot which hit the outside of the post late on but overall I thought the players played really well. They performed well against a team that has not lost an FA Cup tie since 2008 and are Premier League champions. I have to give the players a lot of credit."

Carlo Ancelotti: "I think a draw was the right result, we played better in the first half and they played better in the second half. The result was good also because we were 1-0 down and it was not easy. To come back into the game we had good attitude and good spirit. It was not easy - Everton put pressure on us all the time. They were very dangerous on set-pieces, used a lot of long balls and because of the sun we couldn't play from the back as we did in the first half. We lost control in the second half. It was important behaviour of Essien to save the goal, after that we scored the goal."

Bolton Wanderers 0-0 Wigan Athletic

Owen Coyle: "It was a terrific debut (from David Wheater). He looked very accomplished and was very dominant in the air but we all know that. (Referring to Johan Elmander and Kevin Davies) When you're having a spell like this as a striker you have to keep banging on the door and eventually it will fly open. I have no fears that will happen."

Roberto Martinez: "Victor (Moses) had been very frustrated, as has everyone (with his two months out injured). He is a really talented young man and it's been a real shame not to have him on the pitch the last few weeks. He was a bit tired at the end of the game but he is going to be a major player for us until the end of the campaign. He is actually three weeks ahead of schedule. That comes down to his desire and hard work behind the scenes. He has been working with the group for 10 days and was ready for the game but I didn't think he would last as long as he did."

Birmingham City 3-2 Coventry City

Alex McLeish: "I wouldn't want to live through that too often with the stress levels but I thought the team played well. There was a lot of really good stuff. Santander have been in touch (about Nikola Zigic) but we'll be together in the decision with the board as we always are. I said after the midweek game that it would be difficult to let Ziggy go on that kind of form."

Aidy Bothroyd: "I thought it was a terrific occasion and I'm afraid we got caught up in it in the second half and wanted to try to score three and four goals rather than being sensible. If somebody's bigger than you and better than you, you don't go toe to toe with them - and that's what we did. For some strange reason, despite what was said at half-time, we went all out to try to beat Birmingham City, a Premier League team, convincingly when really what we should have done was weathered the storm, kept calm and hit them on a sensible counter-attack."

Aston Villa 3-1 Blackburn Rovers

Gerard Houllier: "He (Robert Pires) is fitter first of all. He played against Sheffield United in the last round and I think he is getting better and better. He has still got the touch and the eye for the pass and he brings some fluency to the game with his technique. I was pleased by the reaction of the bench when he scored. That is something very telling. The whole bench went up and were very happy and proud for him. He is a popular fellow. They like him. He is a nice man. We've got to understand he has not got the legs of when he was 30 but he still can run and have an impact."

Steve Kean: "We looked at the chances we had and we need to be a bit more ruthless. We had eight good chances and did not work Brad Friedel enough. We're disappointed with that part of our game and the goals we conceded in the first half were poor goals. (Nathan Baker’s red-card challenge) was just mistimed. It was high and late but I spoke with Gary McAllister (Villa assistant-manager) and he told me Nathan is not that type of lad. He is a bit upset so we will take that it was mistimed. I thought it was red. It was late and high but fortunately caught Junior on the chest."

Torquay United 0-1 Crawley Town

Paul Buckle: "We are disappointed, it's never easy when you lose a game. It was a big game for both sides. We weren't at our best, I'll hold my hands up and say that, although it was an unbelievable game with all the incidents, especially the second half. We have had lots of good days at Plainmoor but this is not a good day for us."

Steve Evans: "It was the least we deserved. We dominated for long periods. We said we could win, not many people gave us a hope here but we did."

Swansea 1-2 Leyton Orient

Brendan Rodgers: "We gave away a poor goal but got back into it late in the second half. We controlled most of the second half but failed to put out chances away and were punished late on. I’m very disappointed as it was a good chance to progress."

Russell Slade: "I'm very proud we have managed to get to the last 16 of the FA Cup. It's a great competition especially for lower league sides and we will carry the flag for League One. It was a good defensive display and I knew before the game that Jamie (Jones) was going to have to make saves. I was pleased with his performance and he made good saves."

Watford 0-1 Brighton and Hove Albion

Malky Mackay: "It was a below-par performance for us. They are disappointed in there because we didn't click in terms of the chances at goal. We had a lot of pressure in the second half and we had the one where the goalkeeper spreads himself and blocks Will Buckley's attempt from five or six yards but, that apart, we probably didn't test Brighton as well as we should have."

Gus Poyet: "Sometimes when you are in the middle of any division you really pay attention to the cup; sometimes when you are at the top you need to be careful not to get carried away with the FA Cup and forget about the league. At the moment the players are focused, they are convinced we can do anything in both competitions. I saw what happened to Leeds last year, they were beating Premiership teams and during the month were losing every single game in the league. I didn't want that. At the moment we are not doing it so I am pleased, but I hope it doesn't change because the priority is to get up."

Burnley 3-1 Burton Albion

Eddie Howe: "(Chris Eagles) is the type of player you can build a team around. There's been talk of teams coming in for him, but we definitely want to keep hold of all our better players, and he is amongst that group."

Paul Peschisolido: "I thought the scoreline flattered Burnley. Chris Eagles has got that bit of magic that we had to deal with a few times, but we dominated the game in spells so I'm proud of my players. We had Burnley on the back foot a few times in the first half, and then at the end it looked as though we might push on after Calvin had scored our goal. We've come up against an excellent Championship side, but we've matched them in certain aspects."

Stevenage Football Club 1-2 Reading

Graham Westley: "The lads feel very deflated back there. They have put a brilliant effort in, but we've fallen to a late goal from an excellent striker, so that's the way it goes. It's been a great journey. We had a terrific result in the third round against Newcastle and we all made the most of that. Maybe some fancied us to do the same to Reading, but Brian McDermott has got a great side and they made us work so hard straight from the off. They've got quality right across the park and in the end perhaps they deserved to go through to the last 16 of the competition."

Brian McDermott: "I'm delighted we've got through, of course, but they have made us work so hard every step of the way. We thought we were in for a tricky final period when Stevenage equalised as they did with a great strike, but in the end I don't think anyone can begrudge us our victory. Let's see who we can take on in the last 16 now. We've had a couple of decent runs in the cup over the past few seasons. Maybe we can even make it past the quarter-finals this year."

Sheffield Wednesday 4-1 Hereford United

Alan Irvine: "It was a great result for us and I'm delighted to be in the last 16. It was a big result for the club and it was a big result for me. With the way that things are, I'd be very naive if I didn't think it was a precarious position for me to be in at the moment. We've done well after the cup games and hopefully we'll do well after this one."


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