Premier League - Managers: Pochettino says refereeing decisions were akin to a ‘school game’

All the managerial reaction from Saturday’s Premier League matches as Mauricio Pochettino laments the officiating during Southampton’s 4-1 defeat at Manchester City.

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Manchester City 4-1 Southampton

Manuel Pellegrini: "I don't think the second goal changed the game because we scored one minute after. Maybe it was a mistake from the referee but we won 4-1. If we had won the game 1-0, maybe you could say it was an important mistake. In the first 45 minutes we didn't play well. We didn't recover the ball against a team that plays very well, has a lot of possession and has very good technical players.

"But in our worst moment, we scored three goals and I don't remember many clear chances for Southampton, only an unnecessary penalty. We finished the first half 3-1 and maybe that wasn't the difference between the two teams but in the second half we arranged all the problems we had. We played very well."

Mauricio Pochettino: "I think those two decisions killed the game, that penalty we conceded and the second goal. Those two moments killed the game. The only positive I can think of is for the first 45 minutes we were superior to a team that is actually equipped to win the Premier League. But to beat a team like Manchester City, a team that is full of quality world-class players, not only do you have to have the perfect game, but also the refereeing decisions have to be fair and that did not happen today.

"I have just seen it on TV and I don't think you can give a penalty like that after just two minutes, I think it is inexplicable it is not right. And the second decision was clearly two metres offside. It did seem a type of game that you play at school."

Aston Villa 1-2 Fulham

Paul Lambert: "We lost Fabian (Delph) this morning (Saturday) and Gabby hadn't recovered from the bug and throw (Karim) El Ahmadi into it - that's a big chunk of our team. Looking at the table and fixtures, there are some real hard games for everyone. You have to go and get over that line as quickly as you can. I'd rather be in our position than a lot of teams. You have to look after yourself."

Felix Magath: "It was very important we won here after losing our last home game. I think this was our last chance for us to stay in the league. Therefore, it was a very difficult game and very spectacular. We were one goal in front, there was an equaliser, and that was the situation last week that put us down. Today we came back and we fought. Even the great chance for Lewis Holtby didn't stop us.

"For us to win in the last five minutes is a signal to everybody that we are back in the league. Everyone at the game could see we want to stay in this league. We have to win our games now. It doesn't matter which team we play. We need to win three of the last games at least to stay in the league. We will fight every game. Today we have won and this win will give us confidence."

Cardiff City 0-3 Crystal Palace

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: "It was a big game for us, and I am very disappointed for the fans and players that we ended up with a performance like this. If you produce a miracle - that sometimes happens in football - you are still capable of getting out of this and staying in the Barclays Premier League. I am full of fight. It has been a tough season for everyone involved with the club. Here in the second half, it showed a little bit that it has taken its toll.

"There was a lack of belief a little bit towards the end. We ran out of ideas. Players are desperate to perform. I have seen them all week, and you are so disappointed for them and the fans that we produced a performance like we did. Of course they want to stay in the league."

Tony Pulis: "It was a good performance. We knew Cardiff would be strong and get lots of balls in their air, but our two centre-halves and two central midfielders were outstanding and we fancied ourselves on the break. We played really well against Chelsea last Saturday and we didn't want to come here after the Lord Mayor's Show. It is very rewarding for everyone concerned. That said, we still have six games to go and we are not safe. The game against Aston Villa on Saturday is massive."

Hull City 1-0 Swansea City

Steve Bruce: "I've said all along that we need 10 wins. We've gone a long way towards being safe, but it is ridiculous - all of a sudden that result for Fulham and West Brom winning at Norwich has concertinaed the whole thing again. When you look at Fulham's three home games they'll be thinking they've still got a squeak. It's still all to play for."

Garry Monk: "I thought it was poor defending in the build-up to the goal and then Angel has to do much better at the back post. You have to be stronger than that. You have to be willing to get hurt. That's what you have to do at the back post - you know it's coming. He knew that cross was coming, he had time to think. It's not like it's a split-second. We have been working all week on those sorts of situations, so that's the disappointing part for myself."

Newcastle United 0-4 Manchester United

Alan Pardew: "It's tough. I understand the fans' frustration. They want to see exciting football at this stadium and we are just not producing it at the moment. We need to just gather ourselves together and hopefully go to Stoke and put on a performance which is above the last three. I thought the commitment was on the pitch in this game, there was a lot of good commitment. We actually had some decent performances in and around that performance, but United were too good. The last few results, particularly the last three, have been tough, tough games for us."

David Moyes: "I think Juan Mata has played really well and I think he has made us better. He hasn't had the goals in the earlier games, but I really thought he played fine in the games. But recently he has started the get the goals and, more importantly, assists as well. Over the last few seasons in the Premier League, Juan Mata is one of the best assist-makers and he has always got himself a good tally of goals. We needed that and he is coming up with the goods now."

Norwich City 0-1 West Bromwich Albion

Chris Hughton: "The frustration is we conceded an early goal in the game which gave them a lift, and they then sat back and we didn't show enough quality and guile to exploit what was a fairly rigid West Brom side. We hit the woodwork twice, but we need to show more than that and did not work our goalkeeper enough. I am not so sure we deserved to lose it, but we certainly did not show enough to win it."

Pepe Mel: "A team that has displayed discipline on the pitch and has played as they did today, well and together, demonstrates that there is a good spirit in the camp and that we are a family. I think the players have shown today exactly what they want and how to go about achieving it. Both Saido and James, plus all the players, have just shown how important they are for us."

Chelsea 3-0 Stoke City

Jose Mourinho: "The situation is the same. The table is again fake. The table is again with lots of matches in hand. You look to the top part of the table and, some teams, they have more matches than others. You look to the relegation area and it's exactly the same. In the top of the league we cannot say we need X points to be champions. If you look at the relegation area, Fulham or Cardiff or Norwich, they cannot say 'we need this number of points to survive', because they don't know, because Sunderland have matches in hand.

"This, in the best league in the world, I don't think is the best image we are giving and it's not the best situation. To play matches in hand in the last week of the season, I don't think is adapted to this top football country."

Mark Hughes: "I was disappointed in what we produced. In recent weeks we've been a lot better than that. For whatever reason we didn't have enough players playing at their maximum. In the end we weren't able to ask enough questions of a good Chelsea team who, on the day, didn't really have to get out of second or third gear to take the game away from us. We needed to make a better fist of it than we did. That's the disappointment from our point of view."

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