FA Cup - Managers: Pellegrini says 'tempo, not my tactics' the problem

All the reaction from the weekend's FA Cup quarter-finals with Manuel Pellegrini refusing to blame his tactics for their shock defeat to Wigan.

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini (left) and Wigan Athletic manager Uwe Rosler shake hands after the game (PA Photos)

Manchester City 1-2 Wigan Athletic

Manuel Pellegrini: "I think it's the worst first half we've had in the year because we didn't have the pace to play against a team that is in a good moment. They won five games in a row so we knew before the match we are going to play a difficult team, maybe we thought that was not going to be so difficult and when we react it was too late. We knew exactly how Wigan play; it's not a tactical problem, it was a pace problem, a tempo problem. In the last 35 minutes they continue playing the same way and we continue playing the same way. We had at least three of four chances to score more goals. When you don't have the same intensity it's very difficult to win."

Uwe Rosler: "I started with Roberto's tactic from last season. I tried to replicate parts of it but bringing our own intensity in terms of our pressing, our counter-attacking and the willingness to attack with wing-backs at the far post - like the second goal. I felt first half we surprised Manchester City because a lot of teams show Manchester City, deservedly, a lot of respect. I felt if we sat back and just tried to defend and just hoping for the best we would have no chance."

Hull City 3-0 Sunderland

Steve Bruce: "Managers, coaches and players come and go but the people you have got to be happy for is the supporters. It is quite remarkable that 1930 is the last time we were in a semi-final. I've said all along that it's sad that the FA Cup has lost a bit of the magic for whatever reason, but when you reach this stage it becomes exciting."

Gus Poyet: "We didn't create enough but I'm not going to try to find any excuses. The players who played today were not good enough and that is simple - in the 50-50s, in the diving, in dealing with the referee when he panicked for 10 minutes - in not recovering well and not creating one chance. If you hide and you're not in the game and do nothing to take a risk, then for sure you're not going to make any (mistakes). That's the bad side of football - the ones that take responsibility and the ones that care, they are the ones who are in the position to make the mistakes - that's football."

Sheffield United 2-0 Charlton Athletic

Nigel Clough: "There's not an awful lot of satisfaction for me personally. There's not an awful lot of satisfaction for me personally. I don't have a chart at home where you rank the games. I don't honestly, it's not about that. It's about the players and supporters, especially this, celebrating together. To get to this stage as a League One club in the semi-final is an incredible achievement. No easy draws as well along the way, going down to Fulham and Villa Park and we've had a few breaks like here when the lad missed that chance. It's essential that you get that little break at certain times."

Chris Powell: "I've felt better as a manager. It's a low point. Obviously there was the opportunity to go to Wembley and credit to Sheffield United, but it's not great. We had the chance to break the deadlock. Really that's the game-changer for me because they then went 1-0 up and a deflected second goal and that's two in two minutes. That left us with a big mountain to climb and sadly we couldn't get enough flowing to get ourselves back into it. Fair play to Sheffield, they're the ones that go through and we're just going to have to pick ourselves up."


Arsenal 4-1 Everton

Arsene Wenger: "People have questioned our desire to do well in the FA Cup many times, but we are in the semi-final now and from our performance on Saturday you can see we really want it. We took this competition seriously. Since the start of this competition it is true that we had a good draw in the fact that we played all the games at home, which is the first time (that this has happened) since I played in the FA Cup. But, on the other hand, we played difficult opponents - Tottenham, Liverpool, Everton and that shows you that we have taken this competition seriously."

Roberto Martinez: "I felt the key moment of the game was going to be the second goal and we had made it a real uncomfortable game for Arsenal. We had a great chance and, in nine out of 10 situations like that, Ross Barkley will hit the target. I can see why the referee gave the penalty, although I don't agree with the decision completely, because there is contact but the ball is challenged by both of the players. After that, we gambled a bit and the final scoreline does not reflect what happened in the game."

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