Thursday, March 5, 2009

Gameweek 28

West Brom 1-3 Arsenal

West Brom manager Tony Mowbray:
"We won't win matches if we defend like we did in the first half.

"The defending has got to improve. I take responsibility for the fact I bought all the players in, but the defenders are not stepping up.

"I am frustrated. We work on it - we don't just wash things away. I have changed the individuals, but the goals are still going in against us."

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger:
"Bendtner is improving from month to month. He will be better every three, six months.

"He has shown tonight he has the talent to be an Arsenal player.

"That is the right way to mature. I liked his presence. I liked his determined attitude and the way he took people on. That shows he has improved."

Portsmouth 0-1 Chelsea

Portsmouth caretaker manager Paul Hart:

"It is definitely a disappointing result but I thought it was a tremendous performance.

"We had a strategy and the boys kept to it. We created chances on the back of that but against the top teams you have to stick them away.

"I think we could have won but two saves by Cech were outstanding. I thought we deserved at least a point.

"There are a lot of disappointed players in the dressing room but they know they put in a performance that merited a little bit more.

"It is how we respond to that now. We have a difficult period of the season to come. We can take heart from the way we played."

Liverpool 2-0 Sunderland

Sunderland manager Ricky Sbragia:

"Jones should have scored - and on any other day, he probably would have done so.

"If we had scored then the game would have been very different. Liverpool would have become anxious and we would have given ourselves something to hang on to.

"Liverpool would have been under pressure. We did okay in the first half - but once they went ahead, it was always going to be difficult.

"We had to gamble by bringing on more strikers. But that gave them space - and once they scored the second, the game was going away from us."

Wigan 0-1 West Ham

Wigan manager Steve Bruce:
"The game was ruined as a spectacle. Carlton Cole shouldn't have been sent off. Referee, use a bit of common sense. It had the makings of a decent game but how he sends someone off in the first half for something as petulant as that I don't know.

"Lucas Neill should have been off the pitch for his tackle, which was horrific. I have no complaints about Cattermole, he was stupid and silly but he was incensed - and he has a good right to be.

"I feel a bit sorry for him because in my opinion Mr Attwell is not ready to step up to the plate."

West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola:
"We have to understand the referee is a human being and can make mistakes. He needs our support. You can have a bad day but we need to support them as they are here to help the game.

"Neither of Carlton Cole's challenges were bad tackles at all. Cattermole's was a bad tackle on Parker, as was Lucas Neill's on Cattermole. Lucas wanted to go for the ball, he caught the man but it was a bad tackle.

"We are very serious about Europe, as we proved today. The players love what they are doing, they're enjoying their football and as a manager I feel lucky."

Tottenham 4-0 Middlesbrough

Spurs manager Harry Redknapp on Aaron Lennon:
"He is in fantastic form, and you felt something would happen every time he got the ball.

"The little fella is flying at the moment. He's learning the game - he's only a kid. He's got all the equipment."

Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate:
"We gave horrendous goals away. We are only able to compete if we are bang at it and we weren't today.

"Spurs are a class act and when you allow them to play, they can tear you apart. We knew it would be hard but we let ourselves down."

Blackburn 0-0 Everton

Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce:
"We should have been well out of it by now but we are not so we just have to hold our nerve.

"We are back in the bottom three but on the positive side we have picked up another valuable point.

"We've only lost two matches in 10 games. The game we have in hand on most of the other teams could be critical."

Everton manager David Moyes:
"Teams are pushing us from behind and our ambition is still to get fourth if we can but of course we will need to play better.

"We are disappointed because we wanted to take three points.

"But teams have no divine right to go to places such as Blackburn and think they can walk all over them."

Stoke 2-0 Bolton

Stoke manager Tony Pulis:

"Players of Beattie's age sometimes need the challenge of proving they can still play in the top flight.

"His goalscoring record is smashing. Not only that, it is what he does around the place as well.

"He is a very good team man; he gets the players together. He has brought something else to the dressing room. He is a larger-than-life character."

"It was hard game, a tight game. Credit to Bolton - they never stop. They make it very difficult. But we deserved it, considering the chances we created."

Bolton manager Gary Megson:

"You won't see a worst one conceded up and down the country, never mind in the Premier League.

"Most of the time when the first goal goes in it completely changes the game.

"I thought we had more possession than ordinarily we do have but we weren't good enough with it. We did not compete with Stoke when they were putting balls into the box.

"We did not have all 11 players performing at the level they are capable of and that has cost us."

Man City 2-0 Aston Villa

Manchester City manager Mark Hughes:
"Our performance was excellent - certainly in the first half when we were technically very good, and we created numerous chances.

"We should maybe have been out of sight after the first half.

"But in the second half we showed another side to us and we were resolute and hard to beat.

"It was probably the best we have played."

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill:
"We didn't play well enough in the first half. We just did not get to grips with the game early on.

"We came out with determination and we had plenty of the ball in the second half. We were camped around their area but we couldn't break through.

"It is disappointing but we are still in the fight. It has been a bad few days - but that cannot be helped now."

Newcastle 1-2 Manchester United
Fulham 0-1 Hull City

Sunderland 1 - 1 Tottenham

Sunderland manager Ricky Sbragia:
"With 89 minutes players, we felt we had got three points. We had an attacking corner and we should have kept the ball and seen the time out.

"Credit to Tottenham, they put a lot of bodies forward. I thought we had seen that off but defensively we were poor.

"To do we what we did was criminal. We got carried away when we should have finished the game off and won 1-0."

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp:
"It would have been an injustice if we had been beaten today.

"We came away from home and dominated - we were in and around their box but we just could not pick the pass or get in the shot to make the breakthrough.

"In the end it took a good pass and good finish from Robbie Keane. It was important we didn't lose today."

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