Premier League - Wenger criticises players

All the managerial reaction after the New Year's Day action in the Premier League with Arsene Wenger angry with his Arsenal players after their showing at Southampton.

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger

Southampton 1-1 Arsenal

Nigel Adkins: "We went there earlier in the season and got a good spanking. Today, defensively, we were really solid. I am delighted with the performance of the lads. We gave ourselves an opportunity to get the three points. It just shows how far we have come. All round we had some really good performances yet again, they're a really good bunch of lads."

Arsene Wenger: "We were not very good. Offensively, we didn't create enough chances. I felt we lacked sharpness and desire. I don't know. Did we underestimate Southampton? I hope not. The chances we created were not enough. I don't think we deserved more. It is two points lost if you look at the overall target we had for Christmas. It is frustrating and disappointing as we didn't create a lot. Our game lacked purpose, penetration and speed, all qualities we have usually but that we didn't see. I felt that we lacked purpose in our game and it was more mental than physical."

West Brom 1-2 Fulham

Steve Clarke: "It is difficult, four games in 11 days, the physical and mental tiredness as well, and I just asked the players to dig deep within themselves and find something. But having got back into the game, we switched off and allowed Fulham to steal a goal on the counter-attack which makes it doubly difficult because then you have to go and raise yourself again. We deserved at least a point out of the game."

Martin Jol: "Probably the best fireworks were yesterday at 12 o'clock in front of my hotel. That was annoying. I said we needed a quiet hotel and it was unbelievable. There were 2,000 people in front of my window. It was typical English! Unbelievable celebrations for 15 or 20 minutes then everybody goes home and shoots off and it's quiet after 30 minutes. I was in a penthouse suite at the Hyatt Hotel. I think it kept the players up too so I was worried. At first I thought it was fans, but it wasn't. To then get a win under our belts the next day, on the first of January, is fantastic."

Manchester City 3-0 Stoke City

Roberto Mancini’s assistant David Platt: "We're happy with the result and performance. We have just got to continue to win football matches. We have been producing chances in games over the last month to six weeks. We have a squad of players that we will have to choose 11 from. Whichever 11 we put on the park we would expect to go and take the points."

Tony Pulis: "I've no complaints, they were the better team. Someone has just asked me what the difference was - I said about £220 million. For us to come here we have to bring our 'A' game and City have to be off it. I don't know whether it was because it was the fourth game in the holiday period and we didn't bring our 'A' game - but I am not going to criticise the players. They still worked their socks off, they worked very hard. City were the better team.”

Swansea City 2-2 Aston Villa

Michael Laudrup: "It was a great performance - it could have been 4-0 after 12 minutes - but we know how it is when you don't take chances. It means one mistake, one free-kick, one corner or whatever it is and the game is back level, and that is what happened at the end of the first half. They had only been near our goal two or three times in the first 45 minutes and we gave Villa belief they could come from behind and get something out of the game.”

Paul Lambert: "It is a huge point although we should have seen it through. But it's a massive point and we were very good and threatening in the second half. We have been beaten heavily in the last three games so this is a huge point for the future of the club. The young lads in the side have been excellent and when you get beaten heavily you learn a lot about people and today showed they are mentally strong."

Tottenham 3-1 Reading

Andre Villas-Boas: "It was important for him (Emmanuel Adebayor) today to score. He had a couple of situations recently against Sunderland and Villa, it was important for him to get back into the goals. Strikers live off goals, it was important for him to score. They want to get in the box, they breathe off scoring goals and it will give him a boost for sure. I've told you the player can still go. If player wants to go, we respect the African Nations Cup."

Brian McDermott: "I couldn't fault our players today. The discipline of the team, you have to come here with a certain way of playing and I thought we were going to get something today. They had plenty of possession, Andre (Villas-Boas) has put a good side together, it has been building for a while, they have a really good chance - they're going to finish very, very high in this league."

West Ham 2-1 Norwich City

Sam Allardyce: "I was wondering if we were going to hold our confidence and performance level at home. It has been really good even though we have had two back-to-back defeats but today they showed they have the mentality to cope with whatever is thrown at them. The disappointing thing was the chances the front lads missed today, with balls just flashing across the box needed a tap in."

Chris Hughton: "The key decisions in the game did not go in our favour, but we did not start well enough. We accept Ryan Bennett had hold of the lad's shirt, but I also saw (Winston) Reid's forearm in Ryan's chest. They are very close, he is not pulling Reid so he cannot get away, it is something you see game in and game out right throughout the country. We have been on the end of poor decisions today."

Wigan 0-4 Manchester United

Roberto Martinez: "It was very unfair to play against the league leaders in a period like that. We didn't have the legs or the reaction and you have to congratulate Manchester United. They had the luxury of making changes and Van Persie and Hernandez looked brighter and sharper. In the end it was a mismatch."

Sir Alex Ferguson: "Robin (van Persie) is a completely rounded footballer. He has great international experience, he's played for Arsenal for seven years and he came to us at the very peak of his career. We knew we were getting a top player who would make a difference to the team. That is why we went for him. His ability to make and take goals is fantastic."

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