Premier League - Managers: We’re miles away from top four

Managerial reaction from Saturday's Premier League matches, with Tim Sherwood bemoaning a lack of "characters".

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Tottenham Hotspur's Manager Tim Sherwood (PA Photos)

Chelsea 4 - 0 Tottenham Hotspur

Tim Sherwood (speaking to Sky Sports): "It's not a penalty [Younes Kaboul's trip on Samuel Eto'o with Chelsea a goal to the good], but you can't legislate for that kind of capitulation. It's not a penalty and it's not a sending off, the game's over then. It's a lack of characters. Too many of them are too nice to each other. It can't always be me dragging it out of them, they need to get it out of each other and not always be everyone's mate. We're miles away. You can't finish top four if you can't beat the top teams. You're reliant on rolling over on, with all due respect, the smaller sides. We're not even close."

Jose Mourinho; "I would like to be in their (Manchester City’s) position, because if they win the matches they are top of the league. If we win the next nine matches, we may not be champions. If Manchester City win the 12 matches they have, they are champions. They have their destiny in their hands and we don't have ours. I would prefer to have my destiny in my hands. It doesn't depend on us. It depends on them."

West Bromwich Albion 0 - 3 Manchester United

David Moyes: "All areas pleased me. There were some very good performances. Marouane Fellaini did really well, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling were excellent. I thought the two boys up front were fabulous, with Juan (Mata) and Adnan (Januzaj). I saw by their attitude had changed completely (from the Olympiacos game). They showed their effort and commitment, not just good play. Robin knew exactly what was happening. I told him. I walked over and told him that I was going to have to take him off. It was a foul (against Reid) but it was not a second booking. It made my job easy. He played 90 minutes for Holland in midweek and I was never going to play him for another 90 minutes here."

Pepe Mel: "It was a clear second yellow card [for Van Persie]. I didn't speak to the referee after. There was no point, but with the red card to Van Persie, the game would have changed and been completely different. The only thing I am thinking about is working tomorrow and putting all my energy into making sure West Brom win at Swansea. Of course I am sure (I can keep West Brom up). The next four matches are very important for us. We need 11 men, 11 good professional players and a good mentality. It is the future of the club (at stake)."

Norwich City 1 - 1 Stoke City

Chris Hughton: "It was not a classic game. I think it's two points dropped rather than a point won. I thought it was a very soft penalty but (Sebastien) Bassong didn't have to go for the ball. Another referee might not have given it. It was disappointing because I thought we were comfortably in control of the game at that point. Walters was certainly high and he certainly caught (Alexander) Tettey. So I think the red card is one that most referees would have given."

Mark Hughes: “I've looked at the incident and there is contact and Jon has accepted that he caught him. But both players had their feet high and I think the punishment was too harsh for the crime. Both players just intended to win the ball and Jon just caught him with his follow through. It was the first sending off of Jon's senior career so he is obviously very disappointed and he now misses three games. As for the penalty, Guidetti was impeded and Jon as always, took responsibility and dispatched it with aplomb. At that stage I thought we would go on and win the game but then the sending off changed everything."

Crystal Palace 0 - 1 Southampton

Tony Pulis: "I don't think it was an off day - I thought we did all right. I thought we competed very well. The disappointing thing was that we never created more chances and more opportunities. That was disappointing. But they are a good side, they've got some good players and we've watched them the last three games they've played. They played exceptionally at West Ham and got beat 3-1 so they've got some real quality. It was always going to be a tough game and those tough, tight games we need a break and we didn't get one."

Mauricio Pochettino: "I thought the goal showed exactly what Jay Rodriguez is made of. It showed his quality, showed his speed, showed how brave he is, showed his technique. It also shows the fact that he fully deserved the England call-up as well."

Cardiff City 3 - 1 Fulham

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: "I just want him to focus on his [Steven Caulker] performances here because if he plays this way defensively and he keeps chipping in with the odd goal he has got to be in with a shout [of going to the World Cup]. He is 22 years of age and he is a leader who is very talented, he has had a very testing season and when it comes to Cardiff he knows he will be fighting for survival and that is a big ask. He could have had an easy life at Spurs probably, playing x amount of games but he has taken on a great test and is maturing all the time. It is great to see him taking on a lot of the leadership roles because of Huds' (Cardiff captain Mark Hudson) absence."

Felix Magath: "The second goal breaks us. If you come back into the game especially in an away game and you score then you are very eager to get more and the second goal came too early. After that we are not able to come back. Our chances are worse than before. We have to win our home games, that is the most important thing. The next game is a home game against Newcastle and we need three points. When you are in the situation when you are losing you have not enough confidence to take unfortunate situations as happened here."

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