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Managers: Wenger accuses Barton

Managerial reaction from the opening day of the Premier League season as Arsene Wenger claims Joey Barton should have been sent off.

 
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Newcastle United 0-0 Arsenal

Alan Pardew: "(Gervinho) dived, there is no doubt about that. Joey has reacted and he grabbed Joey and there was a tussle, and then he slapped him and you can't do that. I think Joey was calm, Song did stamp on him (before the sending off) and that is out of character for him and I'm sure he will regret that. I spoke to Joey before he went back on the pitch. I'm not going to defend Joey to the hilt but his performance today was very good in terms of what has been going on."

Arsene Wenger: "I think Gervinho didn't deserve a red card, he should give a red to the two players or a yellow to the two. I feel the referee has not seen it and the linesman has not seen it properly. I'm 100% sure that the referee did not see the incident so I would like to know who made the decision."

Blackburn Rovers 1-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Steve Kean: "We're in a position where 11 players have left and only three have come in. We have to bring players in, in order to have a competitive squad. We've got four bids out there at the moment and we have to irritate those bids and make sure they formalise into full signings. If not we're thin on the ground. We need to get some players in to bolster the squad. We had a lot of young players on the pitch at the end today and with so many senior players out it's tough for them."

Mick McCarthy: "You can't ask for much more than that. It's normal that if you go behind in the Premier League you don't come back - especially away from home. The first bit of quality we produced was for our equaliser and the game was end to end in the first half. But in the second half I thought we controlled it for the most part."

Fulham 0-0 Aston Villa

Martin Jol: "We had three good chances but, for a home match, I would like to have more control, more initiative and we have to score at first. So, 0-0 at home, you can't say that is a very good result. I give it 6.5 out of 10."

Alex McLeish: "You might have seen other goalies diving for one of the two that came point-blank at (Shay Given), but that's the experience of a great goalkeeper. The bottom line is, when there was all the furore, I always said it's about results. We started the league with a very good away point."

Liverpool 1-1 Sunderland

Kenny Dalglish: "You don't want to see people sent off and I don't know what the rule book says about a clear goalscoring opportunity when Luis Suarez is one on one with the goalkeeper I don't see a clearer goalscoring opportunity than that. They may say he is taking the ball away from goal so it is a yellow card but if you are in the middle of the goal and want to go around the goalkeeper you have to go away from goal. I suppose nine-and-a-half out of 10 would have given Kieran the red card but we need to know where we stand and how they are going implement the rules and word them in the books - that is what we asked for."

Steve Bruce: "I thought the referee got it spot on. I thought the goalkeeper was going to retrieve it and Suarez was going away from goal - but on another day it could have been a red card. We got away with it a little bit in the first 20 minutes as we gave the ball away badly but the longer the game went on the more belief we had and posed a bit of a threat. All-in-all it was a good performance."

Queens Park Rangers 0-4 Bolton Wanderers

Neil Warnock: "You have to look at all that really and rather than commit suicide, you have to say 'how can I eliminate the errors?' and that is what I am going to try to do. I am not happy we lost 4-0, but sometimes you have to smile through adversity."

Owen Coyle: "Gary Cahill has put himself in the shop window year after year. I love having him in my team, but he could play for anybody - and I mean anybody. He has got feet which belong to a centre-forward, he has got pace, tremendous timing in the air. If anything concrete happens, Gary will be the first to know. Some of the stuff I read daily is embarrassing and has no foundation."

Wigan Athletic 1-1 Norwich City

Roberto Martinez: "We are still looking for two players. We lost two influential players last campaign. I want to fulfil those roles with players who are already here, but it is only fair to the squad that we have enough numbers to face the demands of the Premier League, and we will do that."

Paul Lambert: "I think we've got to be happy with that. This is not an easy place to come and I think we gave as good as we got."

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