Managers: Mancini still insists title race 'finished'

All the managers' reaction to Saturday's Premier League matches.


Norwich City 1-6 Manchester City

Paul Lambert: "The last 20 minutes I was disappointed. For the first 70 minutes I thought we were right in the game. At 2-1 we were in the game and the lads were in the ascendancy but three goals in seven minutes were poor from our point of view - but I am not going to criticise the team. They have been excellent. The first two goals were absolute rockets, fabulous strikes. But the good thing about it was we never wilted."

Roberto Mancini on catching Manchester United: "It is impossible. The title race is finished. It is true. Two points? The gap is five points. I think now it's too late for us. I am happy because we started to play like we did in the first half of the season." On the return of Carlos Tevez: "Carlos did not play for us for six months but it is only in the last month that we have come off the top of the league. Everyone makes mistakes. It's important that when you do them you apologise. I am not frustrated (with him) because we lost Aguero for two games, Vincent Kompany for one match, and Joleon Lescott for four weeks too."

Sunderland 0-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Martin O'Neill: "We didn't do enough. It's frustrating in that sense, but we didn't do enough to win the game. We had little moments here and there, but not for long periods of the game, and we should do more. I know it's been a great effort by the players - I have to keep reminding myself about the bigger picture, but overall, we should be able to do better... It's just a reality-check, I think they are probably the words I am searching for, just get a grip on things. We have got work to do if we want to try to progress, which is what the club wants to do. We have pulled ourselves around from potential relegation to find ourselves - I hate to use the word and I don't think it's in the players' make-up, but if you are stuck there in mid-table, you might coast through to the end of the season."

Terry Connor on whether the pressure is off because Wolves are thought to be doomed: "No, I don't think so because we can still stay up, so there's no pressure off there. We are still trying to win the games and perform well. There are 38 competitive games we want to play in the league. We want to get to Wigan still having some sort of chance that we can stay in the league, and if we can do that, we will take it... We will keep fighting right to the very end."

West Bromwich Albion 1-0 Queens Park Rangers

Roy Hodgson on Graham Dorrans's superb goal: "It was a marvellous strike and Graham Dorrans deserves a lot of credit. After such a long period of time out, a season which has been interspersed with injuries, it has been a fine week for him. He did well against Blackburn, he was one of our better players against Manchester City, and he settles this game for us... There was a lot of fatigue showing towards the end, it's been a tough ask, but I was very pleased with the way the players held out under pressure after looking, in the first half, good for victory. We lost our way a bit in the second half and credit to QPR. They put a lot of attacking players on the field and asked questions but we showed a lot of grit and determination in keeping them at bay."

Mark Hughes: "We can't just wait and think our home form will be enough. We've talked about it and know we need to improve the away form and pick up points. Today was an opportunity for us. We all felt that but what we produced today wasn't good enough. Away from home you need to do the fundamentals well and disappoint the home crowd and the team itself."

Swansea City 3-0 Blackburn Rovers

Brendan Rodgers on the team meeting on Thursday which laid the foundations for the win: "I felt I needed to reframe the players' minds. We had a team meeting and I wanted to take the anxiety out of them. I felt we were a little anxious on Wednesday and I wanted to frame their mindset and remind them how they have played all season. We talked about how we felt in that game because it was certainly different to what we had been used to seeing up to a month ago. I wanted to tell them how brilliant we had been. There had been a couple of doubters in recent weeks but that's modern life. I felt it was important to make sure that we knew how to control any distractions and cut out any negativity. I thought the players were brilliant today and they deserved the three points and just as importantly, our 13th clean sheet of the season."

Steve Kean on Gael Givet being left out of the side: "It was apparent when I spoke to Gael this morning he wasn't anywhere near in the right frame of mind to play today, whether starting or on the bench. I will speak to him again, and if he is in a better frame of mind then great, but he was nowhere near in the right frame of mind today. I can't get inside somebody's head, I can only say how much we and his team-mates need him. If you look at David Dunn with his hamstring, he is having injections to play. We need guys who want to play even if they are injured or their heads are not quite right, but I would rather keep the conversation between myself and Gael private."

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