Premier League - Managers: Martinez questions 'clever' Walcott

Managerial reaction from the Premier League, with Roberto Martinez suggesting Arsenal striker Theo Walcott bought his side a penalty.

Premier League - Managers: Martinez questions 'clever' Walcott

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Arsenal's Theo Walcott (right) is fouled in the penalty area by Wigan Athletic's Jean Beausejour (PA Sport)

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Wigan Athletic 0-1 Arsenal

Roberto Martinez: "The (Arsenal) penalty was very very soft, if anything, I think. Theo Walcott is very clever there. And then at the other end if you want to give a penalty where the hands are not in the natural position. I'm really disappointed because the players don't deserve the feeling that they've got now. We are in the middle of a period where calls are not going our way and we've got a few players missing. I thought we played really, really well. We played with a great mentality. The players displayed a big team mentality and I couldn't be prouder."

Arsene Wenger: "It was very important because we beat West Brom at home and now we have two away wins (against Reading and Wigan). It was a difficult game because they stopped us from playing. I believe they are in the wrong position in the table."

Manchester City 1-0 Reading

Roberto Mancini: "I think we deserved to win but when you are in the last two or three minutes of extra time, it could be difficult. These games, if you don't score in the first half when you have a lot of chances to score, I think they can be strong. They played well, they defended well, for 90 minutes with all players behind the ball. We didn't find space to score. When you have one chance, you have to score. In the end, I am happy with the victory but we had a big problem."

Brian McDermott: "Absolute joke. We have had that a few times this season. We have had three or four of those, we have had a handball goal against us and an offside goal against us - all of which have cost us points. To get that wrong - I have just said to (Mike Dean) he will be gutted he's missed that. (Gareth Barry) hung in the air, but you can hang in the air all day long if you are on someone's back. It's an absolute cert foul, it cannot be anything else. But listen, the bottom line is we are Reading. We are a small club in this league punching above our weight. That will be irrelevant to you guys because Man City have won, but it is not to us. We love this club we have got, we have got a real passion. We will fight, we have 20 games to go, but we certainly deserved a draw at least. But just to let you know, that has just ruined my Christmas."

Newcastle United 1-0 Queens Park Rangers

Alan Pardew: "I know the crowd weren't particularly pleased when I took (Papiss) Cisse, a goalscorer, off but I just felt Shola (Ameobi), he's a big man and this was a big occasion and he likes big occasions. It said QPR on the programme but really it was bigger than that, I think we all knew that and he has that calm head - he knows what is demanded here - to produce a quality goal, and it won us the game. I wanted to get Shola on the pitch, and thank goodness I did because it was a really class finish. He could have taken the shot with his right foot, which is his stronger foot, but to have that composure in that area is first-class."

Harry Redknapp: "I don't want to spend their [the club's] money, to be honest with you. There are a lot of players at this club who earn far too much money for what they are; far, far, far too much money for their ability and what they give to the club. I don't really want to see the owners have their pants taken down like they have in the past. There's a lot of agents made money out of them."

Southampton 0-1 Sunderland

Nigel Adkins: "Obviously I will digest that and with the goal we conceded just before half-time, there are two or three people that could have done better in stopping the goal. That has obviously given Sunderland something to hang onto in the second half and, to give them credit, they defended well. We tried to change things around early to give ourselves an opportunity to increase the tempo, find a way forward, stretch the game to create openings, but unfortunately we haven't scored any goals."

Martin O'Neill: "In the last three games, we've been able to win two games against sides beside us at this moment. It has been a tough old season right from the start and I just feel that win, obviously before Christmas and with the programme we have coming up in the next three games, is massive for us. We got a bit of confidence from that, although we have a fair few games to go."

Tottenham Hotspur 0-0 Stoke City

Andre Villas-Boas: "No-one enjoys being level on points with Arsenal at this club. I have experienced this rivalry for the first time this year and I have spoken very highly about it before. It is an extremely healthy competition between both teams but we have to continue now. It was a difficult game. Stoke are an extremely competitive and physical team who are difficult to break down. I want to be extremely positive as the players really tried hard."

Tony Pulis: "We are delighted. That's nine clean sheets now. We look solid defensively. They had a few shots from outside box and that one great save from Asmir so we are very pleased with how we played. We talk about the two centre-halves and the goalkeeper but I think all the players work so hard on organisation and discipline. It's a great point at a great football club."

West Bromwich Albion 2-1 Norwich City

Steve Clarke: "Romelu (Lukaku) has done well, he is a big talent, he has got a big future ahead of him in the game. The fact he couldn't get in the team for most of the season is down to the form of Shane Long ( who helped with the goal) who shouldn't be forgotten. He is on a season-long loan but there is an opportunity for (Chelsea) to take him back in January. I can't affect it so I don't like to talk about it."

Chris Hughton: "I think we should have got a point on the balance of play. Albion are a good footballing team, at home, so you know they are going to have a percentage of possession. But I thought we had good spells in the game where we had real good possession, certainly for an away team. There weren't many clearcut chances and it was even and we deserved to come away with something."

West Ham United 1-2 Everton

Sam Allardyce: "It is how quickly the referee got the red card out, he couldn't wait, he didn't deliberate over the decision or anything. There is nothing much we can do about the result but we can appeal the decision and hopefully we can get Carlton (Cole) down to a yellow card and get him off."

David Moyes: "I will appeal (Darron Gibson's red card). I'll have a word with Sam as well because I don't think you could put the word frivolous next to that appeal. I think you would say there was genuine reason why maybe you could appeal that. Now you don't want to go and appeal and find out that maybe you get an extra game on it. That's what you don't want to do."

Liverpool 4-0 Fulham

Brendan Rodgers: "I thought Stewart (Downing) was brilliant, in every aspect of the game. I spoke to Stewart about six or seven weeks ago and we had an honest conversation about where he was at. He's in his late 20s, he was an England international a few years ago and he wasn't playing. So we spoke about how he could get into the team. And I think his reaction from that moment, like it has been for Jose Enrique and one or two of the others, has been outstanding."

Martin Jol: "You could say if we concede goals like we did you are almost playing against yourself. We wanted to put them under pressure but we didn't do that in the first half. It was as if we had played together for the first time. We still have a good cushion (to the bottom three) with 20 points, but I feel when everyone is back we will be fine. We have the same points as last year but we have to do better than that."

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