Premier League - Mancini slams 'worse than poor' City

All the managerial reaction from around the Premier League as Roberto Mancini tears into his Manchester City players.

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Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini (Reuters)

Southampton 3-1 Manchester City

Mauricio Pochettino: "I'm very proud and very happy for the team, who deserved the victory. I'm very happy for all the people who work with Southampton and for all the people here at St Mary's today, it has been an incredible day."

Roberto Mancini: "Maybe 12 points is too much at this moment and we have not played well in the last two games. This is strange because we played the whole of January really well, I don't know why we played so badly. We were worse than poor. Southampton are playing well and it is difficult to score against them - I don't think a team like us can do a performance like this."

Chelsea 4-1 Wigan Athletic

Rafael Benitez: "It was just speculation (that defeat would see him sacked). Nobody is in contact with the owner to find out if he says this or that. It is my job: try to win every game. That's it, so I have to concentrate on that. But it's not the end of the world if you draw a game you deserve to win. The problem for me would be if we don't create chances; we create chances every game. We score goals. We're making some mistakes, but we have a lot of positives. Four goals could be six goals at the end."

Roberto Martinez: "I had to stretch the game, open up and leave ourselves exposed and on the counter-attack Chelsea took advantage of that. We were long enough in Chelsea's defensive third and we had that presence there. I did feel that, if we'd got the equaliser, the ending would have been very interesting. I tell my defenders not to put themselves in a position where it could be a penalty. The defender should have had his arm `attached' to his body. Clearly the arm wasn't. But it's down to the interpretation of the referee. It's a difficult call."

Norwich City 0-0 Fulham

Chris Hughton: "Fulham have a lot of quality in their side but we are disappointed because we are at home and the emphasis was to look to get three points. We did not have enough in the final third and lacked that bit of quality but it is a point and if you cannot win these games, you certainly have to make sure you do not lose them. It [lack of goals] is a concern, and it has to be, but we also have to look at the positives. We have managed to stop a poor run, albeit not with wins."

Martin Jol: "Bryan Ruiz only came to us [on Friday] at the hotel, Stanislav Manolev was not even here, he was in London and had to come up in a cab [in the morning]. Sascha Riether had to leave [with illness], Chris Baird also had the same problem with a bug, and so we had two players making their debuts. We lacked a bit of momentum and tempo, so we could not hurt them, especially in the first half."

Stoke City 2-1 Reading

Tony Pulis: "I thought we deserved to win the game - I would have been absolutely devastated if we hadn't won the game. After the first half I thought we deserved to be coming in leading but we just picked the pace up and the two subs (Jerome and Kenwyne Jones) made a great difference again. Cameron Jerome is a great impact player and he scored a great goal."

Brian McDermott: "Once we got to 2-1, I thought we would get it (a draw), and unfortunately the ref has missed a penalty at the end, the last kick of the game. He got hold of the ball, flicked it by him and he caught him. It was a stonewall penalty. I've just gone in to see him and he didn't see it that way, so that's fine, but I thought it was. Sometimes as a manager you get those things - with the last kick of the game, it would have been great to get the point. We hung in there and showed great resilience and desire. This is not an easy place to come to, which everyone knows."

Sunderland 0-1 Arsenal

Martin O’Neill: "It was a great game from start to finish. The tempo was very high early on and it remained so. Obviously Arsenal, a top-quality team, caused us a lot of problems in the first half but I also thought we looked dangerous as well. But in the second half, we just came roaring at them, and that was even before the man had been sent off. Seriously, looking back at a couple of the chances, I just don't know how we didn't score."

Arsene Wenger: "I wasn't [happy with Sunderland’s tackling], especially on Jack [Wilshere]. I was a bit frustrated because I thought many times, Jack didn't get the free-kick he deserved. The referee let two or three things go that I thought were fouls on Jack. I want just the referee to give a foul when it's a foul. I don't want any special protection. The referee is not a bodyguard, he is just a referee and you want him just to give a foul when it's a foul."

Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Newcastle United

Andre Villas-Boas: "You can see similarities in [Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo]. Both of them are extremely technical players, and extremely powerful and pacy. It's funny to see how both players compare. They grew up as strikers, but became wingers. Gareth was a left-back and moved to winger and now going to a more advanced role. Ronaldo is also able to play that role up front. Ronaldo is now 28, and has achieved so much in his career, he is an example to Gareth as to what he can achieve."

Alan Pardew: "[Gouffran] had an impact on his shin which was a nasty gash, he'd have probably come off with a gash anyway but it's whether there's any bone damage. He's gone for an X-ray and we cross our fingers that comes back okay. I haven't seen it back. I think when you see a big gash it disturbs you as a player. The doctor was 50-50 from his experience of looking at it (as to whether or not it was a break)."

Swansea City 4-1 Queens Park Rangers

Michael Laudrup: “We have to wait to see if it is only a twisted ankle [for Chico] or it could be more damage with the ligaments. We have to wait for the scan but if it is ligaments he would definitely be out of the final. We will see first if there is anything that needs surgery, the more things we can exclude right now the better. If it is ligament damage we need to see how bad it is and make a decision from there."

Harry Redknapp: "Our keeper has been fantastic, probably as good as any goalie in the league, but he played with a groin strain because he felt he was okay but obviously he wasn't at his best. He felt he was fine and I can only go by what he tells me, I was told he was okay. He had a problem kicking and obviously when we passed the ball back he got himself under pressure. But in the previous five games when we have done well he has played well but he had a bad day, that's how it goes. We have 12 games left and we have to win as many as we can, I would say we have to win six at least. We have got to keep believing, if you give up what chance have you got?"

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