Premier League - Managers: West Brom fury at Cazorla dive

Managerial reaction from the Premier League, with Steve Clarke raging at Santi Cazorla's diving antics for Arsenal.

Premier League - Managers: West Brom fury at Cazorla dive

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Arsenal 2-0 West Bromwich Albion

Arsene Wenger on Santi Cazorla's dive: "I am sorry if it was not a penalty, but I have spoken to Santi and he said he was touched, lost his balance. Has he made a bit more of it? I don't know. When he [a player] is touched, he goes down, the referee can give or not give the penalty. Of course [I will speak to Santi if he has not been touched]. I will look at it, don't worry."

Steve Clarke: "There was zero contact, it wasn't even close. I am not sure what the referee saw. It was a bad decision for us and obviously changed the shape of the afternoon. It could have been a nervous afternoon for Arsenal, at 0-0 they hadn't created too much. We knew the longer the game went the more pressure would come on Arsenal and then we would have a chance. That decision changed it. The second was a clear penalty, no complaints, Chris (Brunt) fouled Oxlade-Chamberlain - but Goran Popov was fouled in the lead up to it and for some reason the referee, who gave soft free-kicks all afternoon, decided not to give that one."

Chelsea 3-1 Sunderland

Rafa Benitez: "It's fair to say that we are watching now a Fernando (Torres) with more confidence and with more belief, and at the same time, the team is the same way. I was analysing his movement before and we were adjusting little things. It's a question of confidence and just little different movements. I have said before, if the team plays well and creates chances, Fernando will score goals."

Martin O'Neill: "It was a fantastic effort by the team and I think that effort was appreciated by the crowd. I thought we should have got something out of the game. We put our heart and soul into the game. The penalty kick just before half-time was a major setback for us and their third goal just after half-time made it a real struggle for us to get back in the game, but we managed to do just that."

Swansea City 3-4 Norwich City

Michael Laudrup: "We didn't play well in the first half. We found ourselves three goals down at the break, but the reaction was great in the second half. I think the players realise that you can't play at 90 per cent at this level. You have to be at your best all the time. We were too predictable in the first half but after the restart we were faster, played one and two touches and were moving ball around well."

Chris Hughton on the racist abuse of Sebastien Bassong: "It is disappointing because it was a wonderful football match out there today but Swansea have dealt with it in the correct way. But it should not take away from the fact there were two good teams and two good supports out there today. Our support were brilliant in getting behind us and the Swansea supporters were brilliant in getting behind their team, especially in the second half when they thought they could get back in the game."

Wigan Athletic 2-2 QPR

Roberto Martinez: "We are disappointed because to concede two goals is always frustrating. I just feel that for us to score a goal we need to be perfect. And the first time that QPR get in our box they get a free header and then in the second half they didn't have an attacking threat but they got in front. But I was very pleased with the manner in which we reacted to going 2-1 down."

Harry Redknapp: “They got on top in the second half and we scored against the run of play and you hope you can hang on. We started well, kept it and passed it. They get a corner and the man on edge of the box stands there picking his nose and riffles in a shot. But I can’t lack the effort of the side as they are trying for sure. I don’t think it’s a confidence thing, I think it is a bit of quality but its three games we haven’t been beaten and we have just got to keep going."

Southampton 1-0 Reading

Nigel Adkins: "It is a good three points for us. It is important to win our home games, especially against the teams close to us in the league. I thought we thoroughly deserved the victory today and, in fact, I would have liked us to have scored some more goals from the opportunities we created. All-in-all, we've got to be happy with the clean sheet and three points. The players stepped up to the mark. There might be talk [of pressure] on the outside, but the players deserve all the credit."

Brian McDermott: "We are disappointed. We had an opportunity [to win] in the first half and hit the post. That first goal was always going to be really, really important. They got it. In the second half I didn't really feel we stepped on the way we needed to get three points, never mind one. I think it is hard to look and reflect straight after the game. At the moment, you would imagine there would be a lot of doom and gloom around the place after a loss like that."

Aston Villa 0-0 Stoke City

Paul Lambert on Darren Bent's situation: "The team will. It's not just about one individual, it's about the whole team. There never has been a problem (with Bent) from day one. As I've said before, I just try and pick a team to win. That's what I try to do, it's my job ... (To interviewer) Listen, I'm going to stop you. I ain't answering any more questions on it. I told you, I answered about 305 the other night. I'm not answering anymore."

Tony Pulis: "As regards the Shotton red card, I've just looked at the incident and we are very disappointed. I was also disappointed with the challenge in the first half (by Clark) and the way that was dealt with. When you see a lad getting sent off for two bookables which you can't appeal against, it is very hard to take. You look at the incidents and decide what you think. I don't want to get in trouble again. It has cost me enough money over my career!"

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