Managers: Dalglish lays into players
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has threatened some of his players with a swift exit from the club if they persist with the attitude which contributed to a 3-1 defeat at Bolton.
Bolton Wanderers 3-1 Liverpool
Owen Coyle: "When you play a club of the stature of Liverpool sometimes you can get a result and sometimes you ride your luck, but nothing could be further from the truth. We were in good form coming into the game so we had great belief in the way we went about it. We believed we could win. The great thing was not just the win but how we won. It was a team performance. I can't say it was pleasurable, having a late kick-off and watching the results come in. When you are second-bottom of the league it is quite agonising but when the dust settled we knew a win would take us out of the bottom three. But it was not just the win, it was of such a high standard: the passing, the movement and we looked a threat every time we went forward."
Kenny Dalglish: "As well as they did, I think we were equally as bad. If anybody has any aspirations of staying any length of time at the football club then they'll not be here for much longer if that's the way they want to perform. We expect a much higher level than that. It's all well and good saying there might have been distracted because there is a game on Wednesday and another game on Saturday, but every game is a massive game for us. And if they think they can turn the clock on and off, then they won't be turning it on and off at this club."
Fulham 5-2 Newcastle United
Martin Jol: "You can explain everything. The first half we knew that we had to be a threat in behind (Mike) Williamson and (Fabricio) Coloccini, but we never did that. I wanted to change things at half-time but of course we had (Steve) Sidwell going. That probably meant we didn't look balanced enough in midfield [so he brought on Chris Baird at half-time].The first half was sort of Brixton, the second half was a holiday in Jamaica. It was an unbelievable difference."
Alan Pardew: “The game got away from us in a quite extraordinary fashion, we were so dominant in the first half, it’s difficult sometimes to prepare for what happens. Their first goal certainly changed the course of the game, it looked like a really soft penalty. Then we had a really difficult period in the game where we didn’t handle the game very well. I can’t complain about my team, they’ve been brilliant all year and we’re in a fantastic position in the league. For 20 minutes today we just lost the plot and conceded, for us, poor goals. They were the type of goals we haven’t conceded all year.”
Norwich City 0-0 Chelsea
Paul Lambert: "We certainly gave as good as we got, especially in the first half. John Ruddy was excellent, but the whole group put their bodies on the line when they had to, and it was a huge point for us. When you are playing that level of a team, you have to keep your shape because otherwise they will pick you off."
Andre Villas-Boas: "Bearing in mind Norwich's run of form, you could say it is not a bad point, but because we want to be champions, it puts in things in a different perspective ahead of Sunday's fixtures. The games on Sunday can punish us hard in terms of what we were expecting. This could have been a good last opportunity for us to threaten for the title. The leaders can build a good margin - that is the reality - but Arsenal must have a word to say, Tottenham the same. We don't know what will happen. We will have to wait and see if this is a point gained or two dropped."
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-3 Aston Villa
Mick McCarthy: "The second (Villa) goal was a key moment in it. I think we had five or six little things that we could have done far better and could have ended up in the net. Then we have an influential player in Emmanuel Frimpong carried off. We thought he put in an outstanding performance. He's an outstanding young player and then Karl Henry getting sent off and ending up with a wonder strike from Robbie Keane, so I guess that was sod's law."
Alex McLeish: "(Robbie Keane) is just stunning. Absolutely stunning. And how many times has he done that over his career? It was wonderful to see his shot going in off the underside of the crossbar. A brilliant shot. Robbie's got that nous and that experience as I said when we signed him which young players can look and learn from. I thought the night (McLeish’s 53rd birthday) was going to be ruined but we knew there was still 45 minutes to go. That was the key, getting them in at half-time and trying to regroup and showing the character and spirit."
Queens Park Rangers 3-1 Wigan Athletic
Mark Hughes: "I'm delighted. It was a good performance. It's not easy winning Premier League games, you give yourself a better chance if you are committed and you work hard. That's what we did today. The lads have been working exceptionally hard since I came here. I have only been here two weeks but when you are down near the bottom of the league it's important to show commitment and the right attitude and the lads are doing that so a lot of credit has to go to them. It hasn't been easy for them but they have shown character, they have come together as a group and I have sensed there is a real togetherness here."
Roberto Martinez: "I am really, really confident we will stay up. We have to play a lot better than today, though, that's clear. We went through a spell of eight straight defeats but we overcame that. We are ready. There are 16 games to go. We know we need to get eight wins and I feel we are well capable of doing that. We will carry on working to try to improve the squad. We had a couple of injuries today and without them we were a bit soft. We will use the transfer window to try to help the players we have at the club, but we already have belief and desire to do it."
Everton 1-1 Blackburn Rovers
David Moyes: "I think we were fortunate to get a point. Blackburn had the better of the first half and we were certainly fortunate to go in 1-0 up but I hoped that once we got it, even though it wasn't one of our better days, we could have hung on to it. I think (Tim Cahill)’s looked more likely to score in recent weeks. He's been playing better and coming into a little bit of form."
Steve Kean: "I said to the lads at half-time we didn't really need to change too much because I felt we were dictating the play, minimising the threat of Cahill pushing on and we just had to try to get the ball wide a little bit earlier to (Junior) Hoilett, especially, and get (Martin) Olsson doubling up on Phil Neville, and I thought we did that much better second half."
Stoke City 1-2 West Bromwich Albion
Tony Pulis: "In the second half we stepped it up a little bit, but the penalty miss is a disappointment. I really want to see the two goals conceded because I thought they were desperately disappointing. I was as disappointed with the second because anything that is played that side (to Sorensen's left) should be the goalkeeper's. If it beats him over the wall, fine, but if it beats you that side... It just wasn't our day."
Roy Hodgson: "That gesture (by James Morrison following his goal) could be interpreted in a thousand ways. In the Barclays Premier League there is so much good you can talk about, so many interesting things to say and do, so to start looking for imaginary gestures, for me that saddens me. I hope he didn't do a gesture. If he did, I'm sure he'll apologise for it. But he's not that type of guy. I guess it was just a way of showing a celebration, but I didn't see it, and what's more I don't want to."
Sunderland 2-0 Swansea City
Martin O’Neill: "I'm delighted we've won the game. It was a case of two fantastic finishes and three very important points for us. I think everything just caught up with the players today; they looked a little bit leggy at times, but nonetheless they stuck in at it. The swirling wind probably didn't help, but it was a game we had to win and we did just that."
Brendan Rodgers: "I thought it was a very harsh scoreline. In terms of the result itself, it's disappointing, but I thought we were absolutely fantastic today. To come to a ground like this against a team who are on a high, I can have no complaints with how we played. But that shows that the level of performance is improving all the time."