Managers: Chelsea and Fulham at odds

Managerial reaction from around the Premier League with Roberto di Matteo and Martin Jol disagreeing over Chelsea's penalty at Fulham.


Fulham 1-1 Chelsea

Martin Jol: "I really think we could have nicked a win today. I think it was a soft penalty because Danny Murphy got a touch on the ball and the referee said it was Stephen Kelly who had fouled Salomon Kalou. I think that was accidental - it was not a foul. Later we saw... it probably isn't proper English but I think he [Kalou] tripped himself, to be honest."

Roberto Di Matteo: "There was a touch from Kelly on him and it was a penalty. I thought we were quite in control of the game, to be honest, and maybe we didn't pose them a threat enough for the second goal. But we were always in the leading position and I think the only way they could have scored really was from a set-play, unfortunately for us."

Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Norwich City

Harry Redknapp: "We have not been in bad form the last few weeks, but it was a setback. We had a bad day. We were a bit flat. I thought their front two, especially Grant Holt, bullied us a bit. It is all still to play for though. It is going to be close, but there are still five games to go. It is the team who wants it most."

Paul Lambert: "It was the best performance in the three years I've been here, that is the magnitude of it. I thought we were brilliant, right from the off. If you sit back and analyse it, it is ridiculous what has happened here. The club was close to folding, you inherit a group of lads you are not sure are good enough to get out of League One. It has been three year building. To beat Tottenham in their own back yard is incredible for us, but the performance was right up there."

Newcastle United 2-0 Bolton Wanderers

Alan Pardew: "I have never actually ruled it out. You guys kept saying to me, `Are you going to make the Champions League?', and I said we were just looking to win the next game. But look, it's not gone unnoticed. This week could be important for us because if the [FA Cup] semi-final results go our way, we could be in Europe, I think, by next weekend. If that works in our favour, then really, really there is nothing left to go for but the Champions League. That's important to us, the semi-finals, we will be looking at them because we are up against Chelsea for that Europa League place if the results go against us, and that's still very, very tough on us."

Owen Coyle: "We accept Ben Arfa's finish was quality; for our part, there was a lot to be pleased about. The disappointment is we are left with no points, but what I do know is if we offer that level of performance for the total duration of a match, then we will pick up enough points to stay in the Barclays Premier League. That's what we have to do."

Everton 4-0 Sunderland

Steve Round (standing in for David Moyes): “It was a fantastic result. We’re really pleased. We played some really good football and to cap it off with the four goals was a confidence boost, that’s for sure. It just shows where we’re at with the squad. The players that came in were fantastic and did us proud. They’ve now said to the manager, ‘We’re available – if you need us, we’re ready’. That’ll be a long decision over the next couple of days. We’ll refocus tomorrow and we’ll be back on for the semi-final come Wednesday and Thursday."

Martin O'Neill: "We were well beaten in the end. Everton were physically stronger than us and deserved to win. There wasn't much in it at half-time and I thought we were in with a chance. The first goal was very important. From where I was I thought it looked a foul on Jack Colback, so if the game had been decided on that I might have had something to complain about. But Everton played very well and there was some great finishing by them. We could have done better. We looked a little bit tired. Everton were able to make some changes to their team. We've got lots to learn but it's been a big effort in the last three or four months."

Aston Villa 1-1 Stoke

Alex McLeish: "Goals talk and it will be hard for me to leave (Andreas) Weimann out. It was a fantastic strike. We needed a bit of inspiration at that time and it was inspirational. It came out of nothing and was a wonderful goal from a great young prospect. He is a good finisher and we've seen it again with that goal."

Tony Pulis: "We've come and had a good go. It's our 51st game of the season and we've played our second game in three days. I thought the lads were magnificent and give it everything, and I'm a little bit disappointed as I think we had the better chances in the game. We've six games left and we've a responsibility to try and get as many points as we possibly can and finish in the top half of the Premiership."

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