Premier League - Managers: Rodgers tells fans to blame him for draw

All the managerial reaction from Saturday’s Premier League games, as Brendan Rodgers asks Liverpool fans to blame him for the points dropped against Aston Villa.

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers (Reuters)

Sunderland 2-2 Southampton

Gus Poyet: "It's a very good point. I am very realistic, it looked bad, really bad. It looked really dark. It looked like nothing was right for us, so at that time if you had said to me, 'You are going to get a point from the game' I would have taken it, for sure.

"In the end, we got a point - let's be happy and let's make sure we go on Wednesday with a different feeling to enjoy Old Trafford and try to do something special, but without the pressure of the points in the Premier League."

Mauricio Pochettino: “Nothing has changed. We are going to carry on in the way that we have been doing, nothing is going to change in that sense. We are going to continue on the path we are on. I have received no news or any intention or any direction to change what we have been doing, so we are going to keep on doing what we have been doing.

“It's clear that we need to analyse many things with the chairwoman. We will see what happens in the transfer window, we also need to analyse what has happened with these two players who are injured (Jose Fonte and Gaston Ramirez). But overall, I can't answer so many questions in such a short period of time. I also have the same questions.”

Arsenal 2-0 Fulham

Arsene Wenger: “When you play in your opponents' half, in the final third, he (Cazorla) is one of the players who can create something special, either through his pass or through his finishing. He is two-footed, and that makes him very dangerous.

“Cazorla was out for a long time at the start of the season and had some injury problems. After that he had an ankle problem and only recently, since mid-December, has he come back to his level.”

Rene Meulensteen: “I couldn't have asked for anything more at half-time. We knew it would be even harder in the second half because of the quality of players they have. If you switch off for one moment they can hurt you, and that's what they did, but there were lots of positives to take from it from our point of view.

“You must always see the results and the performances, they are interlinked. Our performances have been really good, but (we) haven't had the results.”

Crystal Palace 1-0 Stoke City

Tony Pulis: “We had no problems with Punch [Puncheon], he missed a penalty albeit by a great distance, but that's what happens in life. You get ups and downs, especially being a professional footballer.

"The most important thing was for him to get back on and do what he does best and that is play football. He's a good player, he can do things, create chances and score goals, and that's more like falling off a bike for the first time. You make sure you get back on that bike quickly and start pedalling again."

Mark Hughes: "It was a low-quality game from both sides I would suggest, there wasn't a lot of guile and creativity shown. We didn't have enough creativity in that final third to cause them enough problems of note.

"And that's where we are at the moment, we're okay at the back and into midfield, but then we get to a point where we find it difficult to create those clear-cut chances. So it's disappointing that we were unable to really build a performance that would enable us to take the game away from Palace.”

Man City 4-2 Cardiff

Manuel Pellegrini: “It is not easy to score 100 and 103 goals just a little bit past the middle of the season. It reflects how we think about this team must play and I think the players feel comfortable in what we are doing.

"We are always a creative team and we have chances every match to score a lot of goals. The first 45 minutes was one of the best 45 minutes we played this season. It is important to continue in the same way."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: “We felt that with 15 minutes to go we had the crowd turning - not against them but they weren't sure of the three points. We made them make a few mistakes. It was a great response after the poor start we had.

“That start was disappointing, again. That mindset has got to change. We have got to come here and expect to play better than we did.”

Norwich City 1-0 Hull City

Chris Hughton: "We knew this was a big game. I want to do the best job that I can, because with every manager there is a trust put in them to develop a group of players and do as well as you can. I saw it as a big win. It is so tight down there it is very difficult to talk about must-win games, but I know it is an important win - for the fact the opposition are close to us in the division and it is a close game.

"You have to not panic and be composed, things can change over one game or a two-game period. It is never nice when there is a lot of criticism around, but it is part and parcel of the game and for any criticism that I might have had or feelings about my job, maybe next week it will be someone else.”

Steve Bruce: "We had a big chance in the first couple of minutes when Jelavic hit the post and Liam Rosenior has a really big chance but overall in the second half we were a touch disappointed with how we handled the ball.

"He [Jelavic] has done everything right, his connection with it was right, he struck it really well and I was expecting it to nestle in the back of the net. It has hit the post and missed by two inches, what a start that would have been for the lad. When you play like that away form home and come away with a point it would have been terrific for us, another point on the board - but it wasn't to be."

West Ham 1-3 Newcastle

Sam Allardyce: "We have five defenders who are missing at the moment and one that should have been playing, this morning pulled out, so our back four (Razvan Rat, James Collins, Roger Johnson and Matt Taylor) has never played together at all this season.

"When you get continuous disruption in your back four you then don't get your solid unit, and sometimes that solid unit that you would like is difficult to keep when players are not used to playing with each other, and Newcastle's players exposed that particular weakness and scored two goals.”

Alan Pardew: "He (Cabaye) has a great role for us, for the team. He gets almost a free role in the team in the number 10 shirt and I think he's enjoyed that. He's added goals to his game. The first one was a real class, individual goal - the touch, and the way he moved, and the sublime moment he took to finish it.

"And I thought he was a class act all day really and he has been a big player for us, and it's helped us get a rhythm in the midfield, which worked well for us today."

Liverpool 2-2 Aston Villa

Brendan Rodgers: "I go with my gut feeling. I thought it was an offensive team. I have played that before. If you want to blame me, blame me.

"It is a good point. I don't think we were anywhere near our level in the first half, give credit to Villa for that. The front two was a real threat for us and tactically we had to change it."

Paul Lambert: “Brad has pulled his arms away. It is hard for the referee to judge it. He has a split-second decision to make it but I think Brad used his experience to pull his arms away and then you get punished.

"I'll let you be the judge of that (whether Suarez dived). I am not being critical of anyone. I'm not getting caught into that, the guy is a world-class player."

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