Premier League - Managers: Allardyce heaps misery on Benitez

Managerial reaction from the midweek Premier League matches, with West Ham boss Sam Allardyce revelling in defeating rival Rafael Benitez's Chelsea.

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Sam Allardyce West Ham

West Ham United 3-1 Chelsea

Sam Allardyce: "[Rafael Benitez and himself] don't have sympathy for each other. We compete against each other, toil, play mind games and tactically have to outweigh each other. And we've come out on top.”

Rafael Benitez: "I would say that [his future as Chelsea manager] depends on the things that we can do on the pitch. So, if we improve on the pitch, it will be easier for everyone. No, I am not 100 per cent certain. We didn't win today - that is the main thing."

Arsenal 0-2 Swansea City

Arsene Wenger: "We are in this job to turn things around, and I am confident we will [because of] the quality of the players and the spirit we have in the team. It is a good moment to stick together. I am not so much worried about [league] places, even if that is not the place you want to be, but I believe what is important is we get the quality of our game back. Then the places change."

Michael Laudrup: "There have been three great performances, each better than the (previous) one. The team is playing with a lot of confidence. They put us under pressure for 20 minutes in the second half and you know their players can make the difference at any moment, so you can never sit easy. We looked in quite good shape and were only defending deep a few times."

Fulham 0-3 Tottenham

Martin Jol: "It was a bad result. It was a tight game but the likes of Gareth Bale, Aaron Lennon, Clint Dempsey, Jermain Defoe... we kept them pretty quiet. It was very disappointing to concede three goals out of nothing."

Andre Villas-Boas: "Gareth Bale is so fast so it is very difficult (for refs) to judge situations. He has suffered big, big injuries to his ankles before and sometimes he wants to protect himself a little bit. He might put his body in situations that the referee thinks that he is diving and he is suffering for it in these last two games. He is now very near suspension for two unfair yellow cards and I think you gain a reputation for being a diver unfairly sometimes.”

Liverpool 1-0 Southampton

Brendan Rodgers: "The game should have been put to bed well before it was. There's no question we should have been out of sight, but the most important thing is it was a terrific performance and another win at Anfield. We continue with another three points and moving up the league. The tempo, we shared the ball, everyone was passing and moving, the creativity [was good] in the team throughout the game and it was just getting that little bit of luck with the final ball.”

Nigel Adkins: “We are disappointed in respect of we haven't got anything from the game. We have come away from home in a good run of form of late but Liverpool's movement was very good and we couldn't get a grip of the football. If we could have got to half-time at 0-0 that would have been pleasing but a free header in the penalty area has given them a 1-0 lead. We had to adapt ourselves a little bit. We have defended a lot deeper and looked to counter-attack.”

Manchester City 1-1 Everton

Roberto Mancini: “Everton is always a difficult game because they work hard, they defend very well. In the second half we played better, probably deserved to score another goal. In the end we are not happy but the season is long and this doesn't change anything. If you don't pay attention you can lose three points and it is sometimes better to take one."

David Moyes: "It is not a penalty kick. I don't know how many penalties Manchester City have had in their home games recently, but as far as I know it is quite a few. They got another one today. You can't be giving ones like that. There'd be a penalty every time there's a corner kick."

Queens Park Rangers 1-1 Aston Villa

Harry Redknapp: "We need a win, we need to get a win on the board somehow. We had people out there like Clint Hill and Ryan Nelsen today. Ryan came here and probably felt he was going to be fourth-choice centre-half and he is playing every week and is captain. They gave everything and Shaun Derry came on for us when I lost Stephane Mbia and did a great job. They tried for their life today and I couldn't fault their effort. I was pleased with the performance and there was only one team that was going to win."

Paul Lambert: "I think it was a really tough game for us because of obviously Harry coming in. QPR, with where they are in the league, are fighting for every point and new manager syndrome normally kicks in. But I've got nothing but praise for the team, I thought they were excellent. They defended strongly when they had to and we were also a threat."

West Bromwich Albion 0-1 Stoke City

Steve Clarke: "If anyone said that's why we lost the game [making six changes from midweek], they would be wrong. The changes were made at the end of a difficult week with two long away trips to the north east and south Wales. The boys who played in the two away games put in a lot of effort and I thought it was right time to freshen team up."

Tony Pulis: "Obviously the the monkey [poor away form] is off our back. We've had four draws away from home this season and we could easily have won a couple of those games and it hasn't just fallen for us. It is always nice to get the first win and I'm really pleased."

Reading 3-4 Manchester United

Brian McDermott: "I thought some of the football was terrific - I thought we were going to go on and win the game but they have got massive quality in the team and we know that. I look at that and I remember where we were three years ago, we were just coming up to a game with Plymouth and we got beat 4-1 and it could have been about 10. We were staring League One in the face and where we are now, three years later, is a phenomenal achievement for the club.”

Sir Alex Ferguson: "Nobody competed for the crosses, in fairness Reading have a great delivery of the ball - the boy (Nicky) Shorey whips them in, fantastic crosses but we should be doing better than that. It was terrible."

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