Sunday, March 1, 2009

Gameweek 27

Everton 2 - 0 West Brom

Everton boss David Moyes:
"It wasn't a comfortable win at all because of the way West Brom played, they passed it very well and created some chances.

"But we were solid at the back, we took our opportunities and people did their jobs well. We didn't play as well as we would have liked, but that can happen.

"Louis Saha's goal was fabulous, but everyone knows about his ability."

West Brom manager Tony Mowbray:
"When you make silly decisions in your own box you do not deserve to get the three points.

"There aren't many teams who ask as many questions as us going forward, but we're not as good as others at the muck and nettles stuff, you might call it.

"There is naivety in our defending, but I enjoyed watching my team play."


Chelsea 2 - 1 Wigan

Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink:
"The team reacted well after we conceded. It is always difficult to get into the next game after playing at European level in midweek.

"But Wigan deserve a lot of respect for the way they played. they are hard-working and disciplined and play decent football. They caused us lots of problems.

"They scored the equaliser but the reaction of our team was good in getting the winner in the 90th minute.

"When you are dominating in the first period we like the game killed. But I am happy and satisfied for the win.

"But the way we gave away the control in the second-half is not super-satisfying. I have to be happy but also critical as to where we need to improve."

Wigan boss Steve Bruce:
"I thought we deserved something but we didn't get it unfortunately.

"In my opinion the referee has made a poor decision. He is only 15 yards away from it. Frank has obviously got his hand in Mario's back and he has turned him round as he's gone to head it.

"It is obvious that he has got that one wrong and it has gone against us. That is a big shame because I thought the team deserved to get something from the game.

"We don't seem to get these decisions in big games, on a big stage.

"We need the referee to be strong and not to get influenced. But it seems to happen all the time. We can go to Anfield and Stamford Bridge and it doesn't seem to matter against little Wigan. It is very frustrating and disappointing as you can imagine."


Arsenal 0 - 0 Fulham

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger:
"We had chances to score and so did they, it was an open game. And it finished with a result that we did not want as we have dropped two points.

"We are not scoring goals and the offensive confidence of the team is not high and as a result the players are becoming a little anxious.

"The fans are frustrated and so are we are.

"We have to take the result on the chin and continue to fight."

Fulham manager Roy Hodgson:
"There were times in the game when we played to our full potential - it was as good as it gets from us.

"We were a constant threat and we carved out many opportunities. Arsenal are an offensive side at home and we matched them.

"We were well organised and the shape of our team was good."


Middlesbrough 2 - 0 Liverpool

Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate:
"We have shown in the our last three games with four points from two league games and an FA Cup win how we can play.

"We have had four clean sheets in six games and the confidence is flowing back through the players and the crowd carried us through at the end.

"This win should give the players an unbelievable amount of belief."

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez:
"In the first 30 minutes we had around five chances and we did not take them.

"If before this game it was going to be difficult to win the league then it is clearly now going to be even harder.

"We have to think about Sunderland next before preparing to face Real Madrid in the Champions League."

West Ham 1 - 0 Manchester City

Manchester City manager Mark Hughes:
"We dominated for long periods. They got a breakaway against the run of play and have taken the chance they've created.

"Performance wise it's as good as we've played away from home, and that includes the draw at Liverpool.

"If we concede first teams are prepared to get people behind the ball and we find it difficult to break them down."

West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola:
"They had some chances but we had more and we were in control of the game."

On match-winner Jack Collison: "Jack is unbelievable, he's getting better and better.

"He plays like a veteran and his attitude is good. He's got a bright future. I feel very lucky to have him and not only him, but other players too."

Bolton 1 - 0 Newcastle

Bolton manager Gary Megson:
"From West Brom at the bottom to eighth from top, no-one can say 'we're going to be ok next year'.

"We're in the same boat as we were before Newcastle but it's so tight.

"We are in transition. I've never been at a club where so much is needed at such a short space of time."

Newcastle assistant coach Chris Hughton:
"On the balance of play, on chances, I think we were the better side.

"We just had that lax period early in the second half and they scored.

"We've got to bounce back and there was enough in the performance to say that we can. We'll look forward to the next game and try to get something from it."

Hull 1 - 2 Blackburn

Hull manager Phil Brown:
"It is the biggest test of character of my career, in terms of a manager, and it probably is for the players.

"We have got to try to play above ourselves in the last 11 games, it is as simple as that.

"If we minimise mistakes between now and the end of the season there is a possibility we will be OK but it has to happen now."

Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce:
"We were getting to the stage of must-win football matches, to get three points on the board.

"Today my players, the way they started, weren't really using the ball correctly, but once we got Stephen taking a very good chance, it gave us the confidence to go on.

"We defended tremendously well throughout the game, we dug it out very well."

Aston Villa 2 -2 Stoke City

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill:
"We were more than disappointed in the dressing room afterwards. In fact, everyone was devastated.

"We were in total control at 2-0 and with five minutes to go you should be able to see a game out.

"It didn't materialise and we have dropped two points. For the first time today I thought there was a degree of over-confidence about us."

Stoke manager Tony Pulis:
"For long periods we were hanging on against a very good Villa side. In the first half we were very poor but that was down to me. We tried to eliminate their wide players but it just didn't work.

"We went back to a normal 4-4-2 and it was better in the second half. When John Carew scored, you think the game is over but we had five great chances in the second half and this is an important point for us.

"Everyone outside Stoke thinks we are the team that will get relegated. But we think we are going to stay up so the pressure is on everyone else."

What do you think of Game week 27 ? Share your views about the scores, goals, and match performances..


Manutd Fan said...

Liverpool definitely conceded the title. However, chelsea looks dangereous but we are not afraid of them! they are just winning because of new manager scare. once the 'new manager thing' settles, the players will lose their winning streak mindset. i.e. they are playing well to impress the manager to play first team. wont last long though.
Arsenal fails to score at home. what a pity. they miss fabregas. midfield is weak.
overall i'm the saturday results are satisfactory for manchester united.