Harry Redknapp: “I’m very disappointed that we didn’t get anything from the game. We went a goal down after only a minute. It was a ghastly goal to give away – poor defending. But after that I think we were good. The first half was difficult but I think we showed fantastic spirit. We could have dropped our heads but we never did. We hung in there. We kept going and defended for our lives today. We could have gone under after conceding so early, but we were every bit as good as them (Arsenal). What more could we have done? We conceded a goal against a team who’ve gone to Bayern Munich and won this year."
Arsene Wenger: "I would prefer to win 4-0 but of course the three points were vital for us today. We’re on a very strong run and want that to carry on until the end of the season. You can only win your own games and watch what happens elsewhere. Chelsea play Tottenham on Wednesday and they’re at Manchester United tomorrow. Ideally you would like to be there without anybody catching you back but it’s interesting for everybody in the Premier League and it’s now about the team who is the most consistent. Football is unpredictable but for three months we’ve been in a position where we cannot drop points."
Andre Villas-Boas: "At the moment the player (Gareth Bale) is in outstanding form and is scoring goals out of nowhere, with great ability. He is really enjoying his football and it was good for him to decide it once again. He had a difficult game at the beginning. He couldn't find the spaces to receive the ball. We weren't passing the ball properly, we were trying a lot of long balls and our game wasn't going our way. In the second half we managed to find him a little bit better, on the left and on the right when we changed it, and it was the only moment when Southampton left him, that split second."
Mauricio Pochettino: "(Bale) is not on the same level as Diego Maradona or Lionel Messi yet, but Bale is one of the top 10 players in the world today. He could play for any side in the world, in any league in the world. Perhaps I made a mistake when I said Tottenham were not a one-man team. We didn't deserve to lose but one special, amazing moment from Gareth Bale and all that hard work was undone."
Michael Laudrup: "I thought from the bench it was a penalty, and after seeing it again I think even more so. We have had 35 games in the league with no penalties, maybe we will get one next year."
Roberto Mancini: "We deserved to win as we missed a lot of chances. We had three incredible chances in the first half and two or three in the second half, and a penalty that I don't know why the referee did not give. I am not 100 per cent sure it was a penalty, I am 200 per cent sure. It was impossible not to get a penalty for that. I did not see Swansea's appeal, I saw ours as it was close to the bench, it was incredible."
Assistant Neil McDonald (Sam Allardyce was not present): "I've said before, I think Newcastle have got enough to stay up. But everyone is slightly still under pressure with the result that Wigan have had so everyone needs to do the best in the next game to try and get the points on the board so they can't be caught, but personally I think they will be okay."
Alan Pardew: "It was a great win for Wigan and it has put extra pressure on us and all those around us. But you can only do what you can in a game and I thought we were terrific in the first half. I thought we had a legitimate goal that was chalked off. I thought it was in at the time. I saw the linesman slip over and it worried me because he is in line with that, and if he hasn't seen it. I asked him at half-time and he said he had seen it. I don't know how he did that. It was down to the referee then. I thought by West Ham's reaction it looked in. And sometimes player reactions tell you everything."
Steve Clarke: "There was a bad reaction (to Peter Odemwingie warming up) the crowd let their feelings be known. I don't know (the details) because I was watching the game. I asked him, Jerome Thomas and James Morrison to get prepared and I wanted to put on two from three. When he went out the warm-up there was a negative reaction and if I'm honest the crowd reaction made me go with James and Jerome. I still think Peter's got a part to play in some matches but we'll deal with it from game to game."
Roberto Martinez: "We don't just escape. As a football club we win the title every time we stay in the league. It's a different approach. Any other club fights to avoid something or fears to lose something; we don't. We don't fight to avoid relegation. It's not a negative - it's the opposite. We are still involved in two major competitions - the league and the cup - and we are ready to win both trophies. We showed today we have a big club mentality in these players."
Chris Hughton: "We are massively disappointed and frustrated. It was a game I don't think we deserved to lose. We were very good in the first half, but we knew what Villa's strengths were, and the quality they have. We kept them quiet for most of the game, but conceded two poor goals. We were a threat in the final third, but you have got to score goals, which has been difficult for us."
Paul Lambert: "We had to win, and it was a big effort, especially after Monday night. The character and the mental strength we showed in the second half was outstanding. Gabby has been on fire for most of the season, and we have goals in us. I don't know if 40 points will be enough, but from everybody saying we were dead and buried, were too young and were not going to do it.. we are now playing every so well. We have a really tough game next week (against Chelsea), but we have a lot of confidence in the side, and if we can keep that and keep building the football club, then we will have a great future."
Martin Jol: "That is disappointing. We had 40 points at a very early stage, so that was remarkable. After that the pressure was a bit off us and now you see all these teams like Aston Villa and, before Monday, Sunderland with Paolo di Canio picking up points. I think we wanted to do well, but it is more like that pressure you need to perform and get a result probably wasn't there the last three or four weeks."
Nigel Adkins: “To score four goals away from home in the Premier League is no mean feat. I thought it was an entertaining game for the supporters - really, really good. We are delighted because we've got that winning mentality, winning feeling back, which is important. Again, it is the progression of moving forward, which we are looking to build on. I am asking the players to play a way where we can build out from the back, build through the field of play. The players have controlled the ball better in that respect and it is about progression.”
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