Premier League - Managers: Ferguson admits 'lucky break'

Managerial reaction from Sunday's Premier League action, with Sir Alex Ferguson admitting Manchester United got a "break" in their 3-2 win at Chelsea.

Premier League - Managers: Ferguson admits 'lucky break'

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Alex Ferguson Stamford Bridge

Everton 2-2 Liverpool

David Moyes: "(Luis Suarez) was a very lucky man to stay on the pitch for his tackle (on Sylvain Distin). Definitely (a red card). It's over the top, down the back of the leg. I thought (Suarez’s) goal celebration was great. I actually quite liked that and it's the sort of thing I'd have done if I'd have scored."

Brendan Rodgers: "I am not going to go on about officials because it has been happening to us all season. It is actually quite straightforward - it is a free-kick from deep, the ball is in the air for a long time and the official is looking across the line, so he is clearly onside. When (Sebastian Coates) heads it back, Luis is minimum level and it is a wonderful finish. He should have had his goal - it would have been a brilliant win for us. We are frustrated but I am are very proud of my young team in a cauldron of an atmosphere against a very experienced team."

Newcastle United 2-1 West Bromwich Albion

Alan Pardew: "You've got to feel for West Brom today because they have played well. I thought first half we just shaded it and second half we lost our way. But our work rate was great and in the end we got a break. To be honest we haven't had too many breaks this season."

Steve Clarke: "I certainly didn't think it would be a game we were going to lose. I thought we had good control in the first half and created good chances. I felt we were unfortunate to be behind at half-time. It was a horrible moment, a big deflection in injury time and it's in the back of the net. After the late goals we conceded last week [in the defeat by Manchester City], it's hard to take."

Southampton 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Nigel Adkins: "You need to be confident and positive, we are all working hard. At a staff meeting before the season began I highlighted that so far everything had been plain sailing because we have had back-to-back promotions. There was always going to be a time when we had to batten down the hatches and battle against the storm. This is a great challenge and one we are all enjoying. This is the top division in the world and we are giving a good account of ourselves."

Andre Villas-Boas: “It is good for the team to win a difficult game away at Southampton. The first half was extremely good in terms of the football we played. In the second half we had to change the nature of the game, we had to defend much more. We're extremely happy for what we did. We played on Thursday and we don't have a lot of players to rotate the squad for all the competitions we want to do well in.”

Chelsea 2-3 Manchester United

Roberto Di Matteo: "The key decisions from the referee today probably influenced the result. (Mark Clattenburg) sent off Fernando Torres and the third goal is offside and that clearly has decided the game for our opposition tonight. He's (Torres) put the ball between his legs and he's through and he gets kicked on his shin and he goes down. It's as simple as that. It's a free-kick for us. It might even be a sending-off for Evans because he's through on goal. I was shocked. I thought it was going to be a free-kick for us, and a foul for us, not against us. I watched (Javier Hernandez's goal) again and the replay shows when Rafael shoots he's in an offside position."

Sir Alex Ferguson: “We were due a break coming down here after some truly terrible decisions in the past. Chicharito may have been offside for the winning goal, from what the people doing the analysis are telling me. In terms of the sendings-off, Ivanovic quite clearly deserved to go, there is no question about that. I think (Jonny Evans) caught (Fernando Torres, who was shown a second booking for diving). The issue is that does the striker choose to go down? When I was a striker you wanted to take that opportunity to go for goal. I don’t know why you’d want to go down with a chance on goal. At 10 men I think we’d have won the match anyway. (Chelsea) scoring the second goal put the momentum back out way. That woke us up a bit.”

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