Premier League - Managers: Lambert blames ref for Villa loss

Managerial reaction from the Premier League, with Aston Villa's Paul Lambert accusing Mark Halsey of "guessing" with his big decisions.

Premier League - Managers: Lambert blames ref for Villa loss

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Paul Lambert and Nigel Adkins, Aston Villa v Southampton

Aston Villa 0-1 Southampton

Paul Lambert: "I've had a chat with Mark (Halsey) after the game. He was adamant he was 100% right - and he has guessed. It was never a penalty, never, nowhere near it. Was it cheating (by Jay Rodriguez)? Listen, I'm not going to get involved in calling someone a cheat. From our point of view Mark has got it wrong. He'll be totally embarrassed by it. It is nowhere near a penalty. In the big moments in big games in big areas of the pitch, the referee has got to get it right. There is no point in guessing or surmising something has happened. You've got to get it right."

Nigel Adkins: "I've seen the video. The challenge on Jay, there is no contact. Jay's leg has moved out of the way which is just as well otherwise there would have been clear contact. We don't advocate diving at our club and we probably should have had seven or eight penalties this season we weren't given. It is a big decision. It is not a dive."

Stoke 0-4 Chelsea

Tony Pulis on Jonathan Walters: "We all have bad days. He had a bad day in terms of things not going his way but he was still brave enough to pick the ball up and take the penalty, which is what he is all about. This football club looks after its players. He doesn't have to worry at all, irrespective of what people say outside the place - the place is a good football club. We treat it as a family and Jon will be fine."

Rafa Benitez: "When we play the games we cannot control what's going on outside the pitch but we'll try to do our best on the pitch and hopefully it will be easier. We cannot every week be thinking crisis, not crisis. We're scoring more goals than in the past, we're conceding half of the goals that the team has conceded in the past."

Reading 3-2 West Brom

Brian McDermott: "It was a struggle today. We had to stay in the game and they didn't get the third goal, which would have finished the game off. If you get a goal back, anything can happen. We have been 4-0 up and lost 7-5 this season. We have been on the wrong end of some high scorelines. Today we are on the right end and I am happy. The real Reading is the last eight minutes because that is what I have seen over the last three years - a phenomenal character, desire and resilience."

Steve Clarke: "I am disappointed. I am not sure (what happened). I can't be more honest than that. We should have scored four or five but then we lost a goal and for some reason we lost our shape and we lost our composure and conceded the two late goals that cost us the game. When you contrive to pull a defeat from what should be a comfortable victory then it is something we will have to look at."

QPR 0-0 Tottenham

Harry Redknapp: "We made an enquiry for (Peter) Odemwingie ... I'm going to watch a game in Rennes, there will be a lot of good players on show ... He (Yann M'Vila) is an interesting player, I tried to sign him when I was at Tottenham and is someone I have watched five or six times in the last year - it is difficult because when you're at the bottom it is harder to attract people to the club. (Jake) Livermore, yes. We are doing a deal to take Jake on loan. I like Jake, I'm a big fan of Jake's. He is a good young player and it will be a good experience for him."

Andre Villas-Boas on Livermore: "There is nothing confirmed yet. I think when we announce it it will have to be official from all three parties. Obviously we wanted to win to make sure we profit fully from the weekend's games. Our away form has been excellent and we wanted to come here and win and we feel very comfortable away from home."

Sunderland 3-0 West Ham

Martin O'Neill: "There's always pressure. The win was important for us. I think anybody in the bottom half of the table still has to be looking anxiously over their shoulder. But it was an important win for us - I think it's our fourth in seven games in the Premier League and in the context of things, it was good to win. I'm hoping that (Kader Mangane) is making his way over at this minute. I'm not sure that anything has been absolutely and utterly completed, but it would be a loan until the end of the season."

Sam Allardyce: "The big blow for me is not having enough defenders at the moment. There are too many of my defenders injured. We have had too many injuries recently, but the injury situation with defenders with George McCartney not being here, Joey O'Brien not being here and James Collins getting injured today means that the defensive side of our team is particularly weak and short of numbers now. I am really going to have to go and try to strengthen that area in the next few days."

Fulham 1-1 Wigan

Martin Jol: "It is always the same story. You go one up and you need another goal but cannot score another goal and then you are vulnerable. It is easier said than done but when you are 1-0 up you still have to dominate the game. We had a little problem to contain them and they had players in the pockets but we are a big team at the back."

Roberto Martinez on Ivan Ramis's knee injury: "That is the real negative of the afternoon. I thought Ivan was outstanding throughout the game. I think you are starting to see a centre-half that has adapted to the British game and is someone very, very important. I wouldn't want to say anything before seeing the scans, but I fear the worst. He has damaged the ligaments in the right knee and the signs are not great. I expect the worst, cruciate ligament. We are going to take him to hospital on the way back. Those injuries go from six to seven months, but obviously it is impossible for me to tell yet because we need to get the scans."

Everton 0-0 Swansea

David Moyes: "We are a bit frustrated but Swansea did a really good job in midweek on Chelsea, not dissimilar (to this). We needed to play a bit better, pass it a bit quicker and be a little bit cleverer in the final third. We had three or four good opportunities, but just not perfect (ones). I couldn't turn around and say I thought anyone missed a real sitter."

Michael Laudrup: "If (Vicente) Del Bosque had called me before, I could have told him it wasn't the best game to see Michu. But in Spain they are watching the Premier League and Del Bosque knows exactly what Michu has done until now, so I think it was just a visit. I think he has already made up his mind about Michu. We say often about Michu - he gets one chance and he nearly scores a goal again. Like the other day - one-and-a-half, two chances and he scores. That is really class."

Norwich 0-0 Newcastle

Chris Hughton: "There was a lack of confidence in our offensive play, possibly. We had plenty of three on two situations but we couldn't find the final ball. Our crosses were poor and that was very frustrating."

Alan Pardew on Fabricio Coloccini: "He was excellent today. Of the four centre-halves on the pitch he was the most assured. He gave us that calmness in the heat of battle and you need that. We will speak to him this week and we will resolve (Coloccini's personal) situation. We are pursuing three or four players and they all seem to be warming up a bit. We need a bigger pool of players, but coming here today was always going to be difficult."

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