FA Cup - 'Best team lost' says Rodgers in rage at penalty injustice

Managerial reaction from Sunday's FA Cup games, with Brendan Rodgers upset about Liverpool being denied a penalty.

FA Cup - 'Best team lost' says Rodgers in rage at penalty injustice

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Arsenal 2-1 Liverpool

Arsene Wenger: "I do not want to go into that silly, disrespectful remark (Jose Mourinho calling him a 'specialist in losing'). I never spoke about him in my press conference and I will not start. The only thing I know is it's more embarrassing for Chelsea than for me ... I'm very proud of the way we responded to the huge defeat we had last week, and that was the most pleasing thing. To win makes you stronger, and that was important today. The FA Cup is always interesting, and now we have another big tie here. It will be an interesting game."

Brendan Rodgers: "We're bitterly disappointed not to get another penalty. It was probably more clear and blatant than the first one. The second one is clear. I'm not sure if it was just after (the first one), but it was a clear penalty. Luis (Suarez) got a touch on the ball and young Alex (Oxlade-Chamberlain) has taken him out. It was a strange decision. It was a penalty... and it was a clear one. I thought the best team lost. The very least we deserved was a replay. We're disappointed with the goals, apart from that we were a threat, we played with real confidence and belief."

[LINK: See the penalty that never was]

[Link: Webb makes worst decision in human history, scream fans]

Everton 3-1 Swansea City

Roberto Martinez: "(Steven) Naismith is okay. We will check him over the next 24 hours as he had a bit of delayed concussion with the knock. He was okay and then all of a sudden he became dizzy and he couldn't remember what was happening and we couldn't take any risks. He said he didn't remember he scored so I told him he scored from 40 yards! He is a gem of a boy, an incredible footballer and I am just pleased he is enjoying his football. He has played in different positions but when he is central he is at his best, he was instinctive, a real threat and he is enjoying his football."

Garry Monk: "When you have got seven games in 21 days it is impossible to play the same 11 in every game. I can only judge the boys on the week I have had and their attitude has been magnificent, every one, from the first day I said everyone would play and I was true to my word. It is a squad game. Everyone seems to be amazed when there are rotations. With Europe you have to have that rotation. Every side I pick is a team to try and win the game."

Sheffield United 3-1 Nottingham Forest

Nigel Clough on a potential Sheffield derby being drawn at half-time: "Yes, we told them just before they went back out. We thought 'what the hell?', we'll just tell them. I just said 'you've got 45 minutes, away you go. If we get the victory you might have a Sheffield derby yet'. A few of them didn't believe us actually so we just joked and said it was Brighton or Hull away. We had to come back and win the match so it might have been a small incentive for the players."

Billy Davies: "Late kick-offs, early kick-offs, draws before the game, draws after the game...I've got enough to worry about without trying to disagree with the powers that be. I've no issues at all. We accept when the draw takes place so I have no problem with it. The first 45 minutes we had total domination, the second half is complete and utter self-destruct. Looking at their goals, it is individual error. We gave them a huge lift and by the end they looked much hungrier."

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